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.






Torgeir Rinke Bangstad / 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


Our annual workshop, this year in Poland, starts today at 17.30 with a keynote lecture by Levi Bryant titled "Domestic Objects, Wild Things: Aletheia, Ruination, and Drift." (Humanities Reading Room 141, Poznań University Library)

We have a date! @TAG_UCL_IoA session on ‘Industrial pasts & legacies’ exploring interdisciplinarity is scheduled for the afternoon Wed 18 Dec @hlsteyne @Archaeology_UoS Hope to see TAGers there!

Living side by side with ruins. The town of Tumanny, Russia was built in 1971 to accommodate over 2,500 people in order to operate a series of hydroelectric dams. Population started to decline even during the Soviet… https://t.co/zH8Cal3tYH

La ciudad minera soviética de Pyramiden es peculiar por varios motivos: estaba en territorio noruego, se encuentra en el Ártico, quedó abandonada tal cual en 1998 (con busto de Lenin incluido) y ha sido objeto de estudio arqueológico por parte de los colegas de @UnrulyHeritage ->

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