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 Minecraft house in Zapolyarny on Kola Peninsula, Russia. A residential building left abandoned before construction was finished thus creating a ready-made ruin.

#minecraft #house… https://t.co/lcTJ1iPz7D

We at @UiTromso are lucky to have not one, but two open guest lectures this week with Professor Doug Bailey from the Anthropology Department at San Francisco State University. First one on archives is today at 14.15 in Breiviklia L133. All are welcome! https://t.co/O8AlE76zkY

@UnrulyHeritage The comments on the game's Steam page are great, many written by native Russians. It's interesting to see these interpretations outside of the game. I also like that one reviewer lasted 40 minutes before retiring. How long can we endure voluntary mundanity?


We are officially rebranding ourselves as "Unruly Heritage: An Archaeology of the Sad 3D" and are very excited about the future.

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