Unruly Heritage

An Archaeology of the Anthropocene

The aim of this project is to investigate how the haunting, ruined, and stranded material legacies of the Anthropocene
challenge current conceptions of heritage, and urge us to adopt more accommodating and complex understandings.

Unruly Heritage explores how things’ persistency complicates and questions traditional delineations between past
and present, and how their unruly afterlives allow for alternative memory practices. It critically scrutinizes the
ethical foundations of heritage, as well as explores possible justifications for, and consequences of an ethics
extended to things. In doing so, it investigates how a radical broadening of the humanistic concept
of care may contribute to alternative and more ecologically sound heritage approaches.




Esther Breithoff / Levi Bryant / Mats Burström / Denis Byrne
Caitlin DeSilvey / Ewa Domanska / Geneviève Godin / Timothy LeCain
Bjørnar Olsen / Þóra Pétursdóttir / Anatolijs Venovcevs / Svetlana Vinogradova



Funded by The Research Council of Norway


Psst... yes you! Do you like community archaeology? Do you like things that are free? Do you like Helsinki? Check dis: https://t.co/nEczH7DivY

What should we do with radioactive nuclear waste? And how can these discussions inform our approaches to heritage management? These are themes we have explored in our work on ⁦@Future_Heritage⁩ #Anthropoceneheritage #uncertainty ⁦@AhrcHeritage⁩ https://t.co/elp5UpyAj6

Even over a hundred meters from the sea our camp is surrounded by plastic drift matter. The powerful wind blow the debrish, like plastic fish containers, far inland.

Did you miss the deadline for our postdoc position? Well you're in luck! This one is a bit like that, but BETTER.

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