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Workshop Proceedings published!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

The Proceedings of our workshop in May 2019 on Information and Memory for Future Decision-Making – Radioactive Waste and Beyond have now been published and are available on the Workshop’s homepage.

It was the first time in Sweden that a wide group of experts addressed the issue of preserving or regaining records, knowledge and memory in order to enable future societies to make knowledgeable decisions concerning significant legacies inherited from the past.

The workshop was co-hosted by:
• Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste (Kärnavfallsrådet)
• Linnaeus University
• National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet)
• Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM)

Söderström’s research reviewed in Germany

Friday, September 27th, 2019

The Licentiate thesis of our research student Ulrika Söderström has been reviewed in Germany, reflecting the international significance of her work at the interface of sustainable development and contract archaeology.

“Ulrika Söderström untersucht in ihrer auf Englisch verfassten, sehr interessanten und einsichtsreichen Lizenziatsarbeit die Frage, inwieweit in Schweden die praktische archäologische Denkmalpflege zu einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung im Sinne der diesbezüglichen Zielsetzungen der Vereinten Nationen beiträgt (speziell den das kulturelle Erbe betreffenden Teil in Ziel 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities; United Nations, 2016). Sie kommt, um das vorwegzunehmen, zu dem unangenehmen Ergebnis, dass sie das nur in einem sehr geringen Ausmaß tut, wenn überhaupt.”

Karl, Raimund (2019) Rezension zu U. Söderström (2018) Contract Archaeology and Sustainable Development. Between Policy and Practice. Växjö. LNU Press. Archäologische Informationen 42.

Reconstructions as tools of future-making

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The papers in the first published volume of ICOMOS University Forum derive from the pilot ICOMOS University Forum Workshop “A contemporary provocation: reconstructions as tools of future-making” held 13–15 March 2017 at ICOMOS International Headquarters in Paris, France.

The aim of the meeting was to stimulate dialogues between academics at Universities and heritage practitioners from around the world. Now the dialogues can continue with the published papers as a starting point!

This first volume was edited by Cornelius Holtorf (Sweden), Loughlin Kealy (Ireland) and Toshiyuki Kono (Japan). It contains a paper by Cornelius Holtorf on Conservation and heritage as future-making.

Now in open access: An Archaeology of the Future

Monday, January 7th, 2019

My paper (in German) published last September in Switzerland is now available in open access here.

Holtorf C. (2018) “Was hat Archäologie mit mir zu tun? Eine Archäologie der Zukunft.” Archäologie Schweiz 41 (3), 24-29.

Welche Rolle spielt das Kulturerbe in unserer Gesellschaft und wie kann Archäologie zur Bewältigung aktueller und künftiger gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen beitragen? Wie muss sie sich verändern, um zukunftsfähig und gesellschaftlich relevant zu bleiben?

Does China lead the way towards the future of the past?

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Places like Tianducheng in Hangzhou, China, simulate heritage in other countries, but at the same time they provide real heritage value in their own society and should therefore not be dismissed. In cases such as this, we may see some glimpses of a future of heritage that contradicts and replaces familiar concepts of cultural heritage bound to place and time.

Read more in a blog by Cornelius Holtorf, Qingkai Ma, Xian Chen and Yu Zhang accessible here.

Heritage Futures at Manchester Museum

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

“How can we create the future together? We can’t be certain what the future
 will be like, but we can at least try to ensure that the decisions we make today help provide people with the things they might need and want in the future.”

Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg at Linnaeus University as well as Sarah May at Swansea University were involved in research that considered what we should pass on to future generations, when we can’t be sure what they will want or need…

Heritage Futures at Manchester Museum, 14 December 2018 – Autumn 2021

New book: Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migration. Edited by Cornelius Holtorf, Andreas Pantazatos, Geoffrey Scarre.

Routledge 2018, 256 pages, paperback available. More details here.

This book breaks new ground in our understanding of the challenges faced by heritage practitioners and researchers in the contemporary world of mass migration, where people encounter new cultural heritage and relocate their own. It focuses particularly on issues affecting archaeological heritage sites and artefacts, which help determine and maintain social identity, a role problematised when populations are in flux. This diverse collection brings together international specialists to discuss socio-political and ethical implications for the management of archaeological heritage in global society.

Published in Switzerland: An Archaeology of the Future

Friday, September 28th, 2018

New paper published in Switzerland (in German):

Holtorf C. (2018) “Was hat Archäologie mit mir zu tun? Eine Archäologie der Zukunft.” Archäologie Schweiz 41 (3), 24-29.

Welche Rolle spielt das Kulturerbe in unserer Gesellschaft und wie kann Archäologie zur Bewältigung aktueller und künftiger gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen beitragen? Wie muss sie sich verändern, um zukunftsfähig und gesellschaftlich relevant zu bleiben? Mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt sich Cornelius Holtorf an der Linnéuniversität (Kalmar/Växjö, Schweden).

The paper will be made available in open access on 1 Jan 2019.

How best to plan for disaster…

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

“How best to plan for disaster….” — 13 Theses for further discussion first presented as part of the session on Disaster-led Archaeology: Anticipations and Responses to Heritage-Impacting Catastrophes, held at the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Barcelona, Spain, September 2018.

The theses are based on the following paper:

Holtorf, C. (2018) Embracing change: how cultural resilience is increased through cultural heritage. World Archaeology 50 (4), Open access: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2018.1510340

Embracing change

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

“Cultural resilience, risk preparedness, post-disaster recovery and mutual understanding between people will be best enhanced by an increased ability to accept loss and transformation.”

New article by Cornelius Holtorf about heritage and resilience, available in open access.

Holtorf, C. (2018) Embracing change: how cultural resilience is increased through cultural heritage. World Archaeology50 (4), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2018.1510340