Forthcoming events

March 20th, 2019

Lecture, 13 April 2019, 10.10-11.00
COVRA, Spanjeweg 1, Nieuwdorp, Netherlands

“Cultural heritage, nuclear waste and the future: what’s in it for us?”

Open Lecture, 11 June 2019, 3-5pm, University Library, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Heritage and the future – where are we heading?”

Lecture and discussion, 25 June 2019, 14 Uhr, University of Heidelberg, Germany

“Ist ‚Kulturerbe‘ zukunftsfähig? Kritische Thesen zu archäologischem Kulturerbe, kultureller Identität und Begrenzungen unseres Denkens für die Zukunft”

Reconstructions as tools of future-making

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.

The future of cultural heritage in Europe

March 9th, 2019

2018 was the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). Given its slogan “Our heritage: where the past meets the future” Anders Högberg and I argued last February that the cultural heritage sector is badly prepared for the future and should start assessing the needs for heritage of the future and develop strategies for meeting them.

Now, one year later, we can read in Culture Action Europe’s principles and actions for a forward-looking legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage that among the gaps that have been identified during the EYCH is

a need for research on the future of cultural heritage in order to bridge traditional and contemporary perspectives of cultural heritage and anticipate challenges and needs.


Future archaeologists unite!

February 25th, 2019

Last week Cornelius Holtorf met up with some fellow future archaeologists from the art project “Centre for Documentation of the Future” in Berlin!

Looking back at a future vision of Hamburg (part of the Walhalla II project):


Another Heritage Futures Blog…

February 11th, 2019

We just discovered that there is a blog called “Heritage Futures” run by Ian Baxter and David Gill. They seem to focus on a wide range of heritage management issues, often to do with tourism issues. Take a look!

Post-doctoral Fellowship

February 8th, 2019

The UNESCO Chair at Linnaeus University invites applications for a Post-doctoral Fellowship (2 years full-time) in Heritage Futures. Apply by 5 April 2019. International applicants welcome.

More information here.

Samlingarna tillräckligt säkra?

February 5th, 2019

“Om vi inte kan bevara samlingarna på ett bra sätt så har vi ingenting att visa i framtiden”. — Så presenteras Riksrevisionens nya utredning Bevara samlingarna.

Problemet är dock att framtida generationer kanske inte alls kommer att uppskatta vad vi lämnar efter oss, och dessutom är vårt problem att samlingar ofta snarare är för stora än för små…

Vi vill göra vårt bästa för att bidra med gedigen framtidskompetens!

New law for museums – thinking from a future perspective

January 31st, 2019

Last year Sweden got a new law for museums. On 29 January, the Swedish National Heritage Board hosted a workshop to discuss how this new law has been implemented. Anders Högberg presented a closing thought, urged museums to think from a future perspective. 

Heritage future and gender

January 28th, 2019

Sarah May (and Nadia Bartolini) took part in a Workshop on Gender and Rewilding at Exeter University, UK. They argued that rewilding is a form of future making in the same way that heritage is, and that both of these reveal important things about gender in the present!

Lessons from Heritage Futures for nuclear waste management

January 23rd, 2019

Cornelius Holtorf presented a talk entitled “Lessons for the Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory (RK&M) from Heritage Futures” at a Workshop on Information, Data and Knowledge Management of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) attended by some 70 international specialists at the OECD, Paris (23 January 2019).

He suggested, among others, to explore two issues deriving from a perspective interpreting nuclear waste as cultural heritage:

  1. How do we manage futures that in significant ways differ from the present and cannot be sufficiently predicted or controlled by us? What does it mean to allow for construction, change and renewal in the context of RK&M?
  2. How do we manage future controversies among stakeholders as an asset for RK&M? What does it take to retain or regain relevance as a result of conflicts related to radioactive waste management?

He also recommended for the Working Group on the Preservation of RK&M across Generations at the Nuclear Energy Agency to keep reaching out, both intellectually and in society: broad collaborations addressing cross-sectoral challenges benefit everybody and attract broad support, not the least in the context of the global Agenda 2030.

Even Claudio Pescatore attended the Paris Workshop.