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


The @object_matters and @UnrulyHeritage teams (minus a few) at Piggsteinen ('Spike Stone') in Balsfjord, Norway.

Team bonding! By which we mean, we are all sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in vans.

The @object_matters and @UnrulyHeritage teams are enjoying a lovely dinner at our favourite Tromsø restaurant, Hildr. Early tomorrow we are all off to Kilpisjärvi, Finland.

The first day of #OMUH is drawing to an end. After the break, we will hear Saphinaz Amal Naguib 🇳🇴 on the politics and poetics of archaeology, followed by our last speaker of the day, Þóra Pétursdóttir 🇮🇸, who will discuss sustainability and the vocalnic island of Surtsey.

We will now break for lunch. #OMUH will resume in an hour with our second keynote speaker Timothy LeCain 🇺🇸 on the ecology of creativity, followed by Hein Bjerck 🇳🇴 on auto-archaeology, and Esther Breithoff 🇱🇺 on things, nature, and people in conflict.

Load More...