EAA in the year 2500

16:30 by Cornelius Holtorf

Cornelius Holtorf, Anders Högberg and Harald Fredheim co-organized and co-chaired the session “EAA2500 – Thinking the Future in Archaeology and Archaeological Heritage Management” at the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) in Bern, Switzerland (7 September 2019).

In a packed room speakers from Sweden, Japan, the US, the UK, Serbia, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands discussed with the audience:

  • how do different perceptions of the future inform how archaeology is practiced and heritage is managed today?
  • which future do archaeologists and heritage professionals actually work for?
  • what kind of archaeology and heritage will be needed in the future (and how do we know)?
  • how can we build capacity in future thinking (futures literacy) among archaeologists and heritage professionals?
Cornelius Holtorf
In 2017, Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden, was awarded a UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures. This is one of eight Chairs in Sweden, and the only one within the cultural sector. Cornelius Holtorf, holder of the UNESCO Chair, alongside his team, will continue to generate ideas through this forum.

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