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


Late 19th century nickel mine in Hamn i Senja, Norway.

Mines, by definition, are earth-moving enterprises, radically transforming the local environment for centuries or millenia to come.… https://t.co/kfvo1eKjb3

While wars end, their material memories persist. On the shore of Tromsø island there is a single German WWII barbed wire pole. Drapped in seaweed, it still guards the occupation against… https://t.co/7BdDAfLdGn

A playground of the anthropocene - a picture from Geoparken in Stavanger, Norway. Geoparken is a constructed landscape in the shape and topography of the Troll oil field. The park is built… https://t.co/cA49iLyL4M

And #CHATvent Door 6 is also plastic. From the buried to the floating: @UnrulyHeritage's Drift project looks differently at ocean plastics and the anthropocene: https://t.co/I6lfg7jpvq

Cold war bunkers in the middle of nowhere - persistent reminders of expected conflict. They were "given away" after the Cold War and look abandoned. In recent years, they have been… https://t.co/UUQDl0Iltg

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