Torgeir Rinke Bangstad

Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology
UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Torgeir Rinke Bangstad is a researcher at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. His research interests lie primarily in the fields of heritage studies, contemporary archaeology, museology and memory studies. In his postdoc project (2016-2019), also at UiT, he focused on the material memory of an abandoned house from the Post-WWII reconstruction of Finnmark in Norway which is currently preserved ex situ at Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo. He earned his PhD in heritage studies at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2014 with a thesis on the complexities of industrial heritage preservation. Together with Þóra Pétursdóttir he has co-edited Heritage Ecologies that will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Levi Bryant

Department of Philosophy
Collin College
Frisco, Texas, USA

Levi Bryant is a Professor of Philosophy at Collin College in Frisco, Texas. He is the author of Difference and Givenness: Deleuze’s Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence, The Democracy of Objects, and Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media. He is currently working on a book called Wilderness Philosophy that seeks to rethink the concept of nature, moving beyond the nature/culture distinction, that conceptualizes things as pleats or folds, and that explores questions of why materiality, sensation, and the body are so consistently erased, forgotten, and rendered invisible in philosophy and theory. He is deeply gratified and excited to learn from the practices of archeologists and their engagement with the things that remain and looks forward to this encounter sending his thought in new and unexpected directions.

Mats Burström

Department of Archaeology
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

Mats Burström is a Professor of Archaeology at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research interests include contemporary archaeology, memory, difficult heritage, and the interface between cultural and natural histories. His latest book, Ballast. Laden with history (2017), deals with solid material that has been used as ballast in ships. The study explores different archaeological contexts where ballast has been dumped, found, re-used and interpreted. The transport of ballast brought new species of plants and animals to different parts of the world. Recognizing ballast as an archaeological material destabilizes the conventional distinction between natural objects and artefacts.

Denis Byrne

Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Culture and Society
Western Sydney University
Sydney, Australia

Denis Byrne is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. He is an archaeologist whose work has mostly been in the fields of Indigenous and migrant heritage in Australia as well as in the cultural politics of heritage conservation in Southeast Asia. His books Surface Collection (Rowman & Littlefield 2007) and Counterheritage (Routledge 2014) challenge western-derived heritage practices in Asia and explore new approaches to the writing of archaeology and heritage. His current research interests include a study of coastal reclamations in the Asia-Pacific as elements of Anthropocene heritage and the transnational materiality generated by Chinese migration from China to Australia between the mid-1800s and mid-1900s.

Caitlin DeSilvey

Associate Professor
Environment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Penryn, Cornwall, UK

Caitlin DeSilvey is an Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, where she co-directs the Creative Exchange Programme in the Environment and Sustainability Institute. Her research explores the cultural significance of material change, with a particular focus on heritage contexts. She is currently co-investigator on the ‘Heritage Futures‘ project, and in 2016-17 she was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo, in the ‘After Discourse: Things, Archaeology, and Heritage in the 21st Century’ research group. She has published a number of edited books and journal articles, and her monograph Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2017.

Ewa Domanska

Department of History
Adam Mickiewicz University
Poznań, Poland

Ewa Domańska is professor of human sciences and holds her permanent position at the Department of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She is a recurring visiting professor at the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University (Spring term). Her teaching and research interests include comparative theory of the humanities and social sciences, history and theory of historiography, genocide and ecocide studies. She is the author, editor and co-editor of 21 books. Her more recent publications include: Nekros. Wprowadzenie do ontologii martwego ciała [Necros. An Ontology of Human Remains] (2017, in Polish).

Stein Farstadvoll

Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology
UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Stein Farstadvoll is an archaeologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Unruly Heritage project at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology – UiT the Arctic University of Norway. The postdoc research focuses on the intersection of WWII material heritage and nature conservation areas while exploring the idea of ecological heritage. Previous research includes a PhD investigating the contemporary environment of a derelict 19th-century landscape garden. His research interests are contemporary and environmental archaeology, environmental humanities, critical heritage studies, and thing theory.

Geneviève Godin

Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology
UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Geneviève Godin is a Doctoral Research Fellow at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. She is affiliated with the ‘Sea-Borne Debris’ research path of Unruly Heritage, where she engages with stranded objects from the perspective of queer theory. She previously completed an MA in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York, England, where she looked at graffiti-making practices and urban art communities in Berlin, Germany. Prior to this, Geneviève obtained degrees in Anthropology and Neuroscience from McGill University, Canada. Her interests lie in contemporary archaeology, queer and feminist bodies of knowledge, social justice, and human/non-human relations.

Timothy LeCain

Department of History
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana, USA

Timothy LeCain is the author of The Matter of History: How Things Create the Past (Cambridge, 2017), which argues for a less anthropocentric theory and method that emphasizes the central role of things like cattle, copper, and silkworms in making both humans and history. LeCain’s first book, Mass Destruction, won the 2010 best book prize from the American Society for Environmental History. LeCain has been an invited research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany, and the Center for Advanced Study in Oslo, Norway. He is currently Professor of History at Montana State University (USA).

Bjørnar Olsen

Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology
UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Bjørnar Olsen is an Professor of Archaeology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. His research interests include contemporary archaeology, memory, thing theory, and Sámi studies. His latest books are In Defense of Things: Archaeology and the Ontology of Objects (2010), Persistent Memories: Pyramiden – a Soviet Mining Town in the High Arctic (2010, with E. Andreassen and H. Bjerck), Archaeology: The Discipline of Things (2012, with M. Shanks, T. Webmoor and C. Witmore), and Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aestehtics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past (2014, with Þ. Pétursdóttir). Olsen is the director of the Unruly Heritage project, prior to which he directed Ruin Memories (2009-2013) and Object Matters (2015-2018).

Þóra Pétursdóttir

Associate Professor
Critical Heritage Archaeology
Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Þóra Pétursdóttir is an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo, and former Researcher at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2017. She also completed a PhD from the same University in 2013, with a thesis titled Concrete Matters: Towards an Archaeology of Things. Her research interests lie within archaeology of the contemporary past, critical heritage studies and archaeological theory, and she is the author of articles and book chapters on these issues. Together with Bjørnar Olsen, she is the editor of the book Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past (2014). Her current research is focused on wrack zones and drift beaches in the North Atlantic, in contemporary and historical contexts, and on “drift matter” as archaeological material.

Monika Stobiecka

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts
University of Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

Monika Stobiecka is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, University of Warsaw, Poland. She is an art historian and archaeologist whose work has mostly been focused on digital heritage and the impact of new technologies on museums and heritage practices. Her recent works were published in the „Journal of Contemporary Archaeology” (2018), “Journal of Social Archaeology” (2020), and “Archaeological Dialogues” (2020). In a series of articles she discussed critical approaches to digital heritage and coined a term „digital escapism” (2018). Her current interests revolve around the relations of contemporary art and archaeological theory.

Anatolijs Venovcevs

Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology
UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Anatolijs Venovcevs is a Doctoral Research Fellow at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. For his research, he will be comparing the sticky, unruly Soviet legacies on the Kola Peninsula to similar Cold War-era development in Labrador, Canada. Anatolijs received his BA Hons in Precontact Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, post-graduate certification as a GIS Application Specialist at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, and an MA in Historical Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. His MA thesis research looked into non-pastoral winter transhumance practiced by European fishers in Newfoundland and the cabin culture they developed. Between degrees Anatolijs has worked extensively in the cultural resource management field and, most recently, as the first and only municipal GIS technician for the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.

Svetlana Vinogradova

Centre of the Humanities
Kola Science Centre RAS
Apatity, Russia

Svetlana Vinogradova was awarded her PhD in 2006 and is currently working as leading researcher at the Centre of Humanities, Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity. She has extensive experience from interdisciplinary research and has participated in historic-anthropological and sociological investigations, as well as legal and gender studies. Since the early 2000s she has been studying social issues relating to the Sámi indigenous population of the Kola Peninsula, Russia, and has acted as an expert for Russian federal and regional governments on indigenous issues.