Hot off the press – “Ballast: Laden with history”

A new book from archaeologist Mats Burström of Stockholm University has just been published in both Swedish and English on Nordic Academic Press. Research presented in the book shows the fascinating afterlife of material such as sand, gravel, stone or rubble, used until very recently to give ships stability. In this richly illustrated book, Mats Burström charts how ballast has …

Forgotten Things: Pen-Boxes and their Stories

Saphinaz Amal Naguib, member of Object Matters research group, has contributed in the anthology Philologists in the World. A Festschrift in Honour of Gunvor Mejdell. The volume is edited by Rana Issa and Nora S. Eggen and is published by Novus. In the chapter called Forgotten Things: Pen-Boxes and their Stories, Saphinaz Amal Naguib writes about the formation of an …

Unruly Heritage: Ph.D. position in Contemporary Archaeology

Apply for the position at Jobbnorge and read the full job description here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/143168/phd-position-in-contemporary-archaeology   The Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology has a full-time PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The position is attached to the research project Unruly Heritage: An Archaeology of the Anthropocene. The appointments are …

Ingar Figenschau on forskning.no

In an interview with the national news portal for scientific research, forskning.no, Ph.D.-candidate and Object Matters-member Ingar Figenschau from The Arctic University of Norway – UiT, talks about the significance of material remains of war and the changes that these undergo once they are subjected to interpretation and preservation in a heritage framework. As opposed to the practice of restoring …

Object Matters workshop in Tallinn

Photo of Tallinn by David Robson is located at Flickr.com Tallinn and Hiumaa will host the third Object Matters workshop (21–25 September 2017). Programme September 21 arrival hotel L’Ermitage 18:30: meeting at the hotel reception 19:00: dinner at the restaurant Leib, Resto & Aed September 22 breakfast at the hotel 09:15: meeting at the hotel reception 10:00: workshop in Tallinn …

Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Archaeology/Critical Heritage Studies at UiT

UiT – the Arctic University of Norway has a full-time postdoctoral fellow position vacant. The position is attached to the research project Unruly Heritage: An Archaeology of the Anthropocene. The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of three years starting January 1, 2018. The postdoctoral fellow will be affiliated with the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Sciences …

Ethics & Things workshop, June 1-2

In dominant modern conceptions things often become little but things-for-us, reduced to resources or what Heidegger termed Bestand. Even as heritage, monuments and things mostly receive their value from being useful to us; as cultural, scientific or economic resources, serving as vehicles for identity and securing human well-being. This workshop will explore possible alternatives to this understanding. That is, to …

Walking the Drift – lecture by Þóra Pétursdóttir

Postdoctoral researcher, Þóra Pétursdóttir, will give a talk called Walking the Drift: Theorising along the intertidal at the University of Oslo Friday May 12, 2017, at 14:15. The venue is Department of Archaeology, Blindernveien 11, seminar room 1. The seminar is open to all interested. Walking the Drift: Theorising along the intertidal: The study concerns “drift matter” (marine debris) along coastlines of northern Norway …

Saphinaz Amal Naguib in Journal of Transcultural Studies

A glimpse of Saphinaz’ work on the Arab Spring and grafitti is available online in her recent article ‘Engaged Ephemeral Art: Street Art and the Egyptian Arab Spring’. In it she considers the ways an intangible oral heritage of popular sayings and poetry is very briefly transformed into concrete, powerful, politically laden images on the walls of urban public spaces …