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


A symbol - materialized.

#material #materialized #symbol #hammer #sickle #hammerandsickle #sovietflag #communistflag #garage #советский #советскийсоюз #memory #memories #commemoration… https://t.co/4pGw31G9Fi

Announcing an @UnrulyHeritage session titled 'At the Pace of Things? Archaeology in the Anthropocene' at TAG 2019 in Syracuse, chaired by Þóra Pétursdóttir and Geneviève Godin. We look forward to your submissions! https://t.co/uM5rEGSVBu

An antique cast iron table in a forest. Everything gets discarded, everything becomes heritage.

#castiron #table #antique #forest #discard #discarded #archaeology… https://t.co/ocXEQJwXNZ

Underground parking garage or an emergency underground shelter?

A large and convenient parking garage in downtown Tromsø actually serves another purpose. It was constructed as an… https://t.co/gZuFgHFUEa

Are you visiting Tromsø this spring? If you conduct research on any topic, time period, or area that might be of interest to a group of archaeologists, why not take part in our Friday Seminar Series? Talks of 20 to 60 min, in 🇳🇴 or 🇬🇧, interdisciplinarity welcome. DM for details!

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