Archive for January, 2021

Forthcoming events

Monday, January 18th, 2021
Thursday, 4 February 2021, 1-2 pm (British time): Cornelius Holtorf will be a guest at the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre and present a talk on “The Future in Heritage Studies and its Future.”
In this talk, I will review the significance of the future in heritage studies. The future is part of the very idea of heritage conservation, from local collections to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, but also a common rhetorical trope of heritage management. References to the future may legitimate existing power structures or they may liberate current practice from presentism. To date, the anticipated needs and benefits of heritage for specific future generations have very rarely been explicitly addressed or critically discussed. I argue that as heritage is increasingly linked to the Agenda 2030, the significance of the future in heritage studies is set to increase, and a thorough critical engagement with this notion and its meaning is urgently needed. I will briefly summarise the work on Heritage Futures I have been involved in over the past decade, presently in the context of a UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures.
To receive a link to this event please register at: https://tinyurl.com/y67v9672
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29 March 2021, kl 18.00 – 19.30 (Central European Time) – Cornelius Holtorf will be in conversation with Nicole Deufel discussing Future Archaeology at Volkshochschule Aalen (via Zoom). The conversation will be in German.

In diesem Gespräch mit Prof. Dr. Cornelius Holtorf geht es um „Zukunftsarchäologie“. Dieser Begriff scheint zunächst ein Widerspruch zu sein, verbindet man Archäologie doch in der Regel mit der Vergangenheit und ihrer Erforschung. Aber gerade diese Expertise der Archäologie, nämlich das Wissen um zeitliche Veränderungen, ist es auch, die sie auf einzigartige Weise dazu befähigt, über die Herausforderungen der Zukunft nachzudenken. Die Zukunft ist ungewiss, und schon heute zeichnen sich vielfältige Herausforderungen ab, vom Klimawandel bis hin zur Überalterung der menschlichen Gesellschaft. Welche Aufgaben die Archäologie in diesem Zusammenhang konkret übernehmen kann, ist deshalb eine wichtige Frage der Zukunftsarchäologie. Dieser wollen wir in diesem Gespräch nachgehen.

More details and registration (free, by 29/3 12 noon) here.

Forskning, kunskap och museer i museilagens Sverige

Monday, January 18th, 2021

I The Journal Nordic Museology 2020:2 publicerade Anders Högberg tillsammans med Klas Grinell artikeln: Perspektiv: Lagstadgad kunskap. Om svensk museipolitik och forskning.

Vad betyder museilagens betoning av kunskapsuppbyggnad för museers forskning? Hur ser relationerna mellan forskning, kunskap och museer ut i museilagens Sverige? Artikeln redogör också för i vilket sammanhang museilagen tillkom.

The Journal Nordic Museology 2020:2

 

https://journals.uio.no/museolog/issue/view/721/295

Prof Anders Högberg UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures

Professor Anders Högberg UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures

Målarboken – Arkeologi idag finns nu i svensk version

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Målarboken Archeology Today som gavs ut förra året finns nu även i en svensk version. Den visar hur arkeologer arbetar idag med nya tillämpningar. Åsikter och idéer som uttrycks i denna målarbok är författarnas egna. De delas inte nödvändigtvis av UNESCO. Författare: Cornelius Holtorf (text) and Daniel Lindskog (illustrationer). Tack till Riksbanken Jubileumsfond för stöd.

För nedladdning http://lnu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1512695/FULLTEXT01.pdf

Den engelska versionen kan beställas som print eller laddas ner http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/displayProductDetail.asp?id={B75F45BA-A140-442F-ADCB-6568EAB2CC8C}

What is the point of time capsules?

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Jason Feifer recorded an interesting podcast on “How to Communicate With the Future” (45 min). Feifer is sceptical about time capsules and other such endeavours to send messages to the future. Among others, the podcast contains an interview with Jon Lomberg, designer of the Voyager Golden Record launched in 1977. 

Feifer argues that time capsules are not much good for what they purport to achieve and mostly a way of helping ourselves finding meaning and patterns in our own present. What we should do instead of constructing time capsules and other messages to the future is to build a better world today so that future generations do not need to receive any additional information because they already have what they need from us.