Open lecture with Rodney Harrison (UCL) in Tromsø on November 23

On Friday November 23 at 14.15, Professor of Heritage Studies Rodney Harrison (UCL) will give a lecture in Tromsø at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway (Room E0101 at SVHUM-bygget) entitled: “Making Futures in End Times: Retheorizing nature conservation in the Anthropocene”. Link to the Facebook event from Archaeology at UiT: https://www.facebook.com/events/881012945619895/ “The acknowledgement of the Anthropocene epoch-as a …

Rebel Objects Adrift in Museum Collections by Kerstin Smeds

Professor Kerstin Smeds of Umeå University has started a new research project on the outcasts of the museum world; the unknown, the odd and the rebellious objects which do not fit easily into established classification systems. A presentation of her research and a glimpse of the many rebel objects adrift in museum collections can be found here: Objects Adrift  

Joint UiT research seminar Object Matters/Unruly Heritage, September 20th.

We are happy to announce that on Thursday September 20th there will be an open research seminar organized by the AHR-based research projects Object Matters: Archaeology and Heritage in the 21st century and Unruly Heritage: An Archaeology of the Anthropocene. The program starts at 9.00 in lecture room UB244 of the Culture and Social Sciences Library at UiT – The …

ARV. Exhibition at Tromsø Museum. Illustration: Bjørn Hatteng/Þóra Pétursdóttir, UiT.

ARV Exhibition opening in Tromsø on March 22

The work of archaeologists Bjørnar Olsen og Þóra Pétursdóttir at the Arctic University of Norway  has resulted in an exhibition called ARV at Tromsø Museum which opens at 6pm on March 22. The exhibition is based on the ongoing research project Unruly Heritage at UiT and invites us to rethink our notion of heritage: “Cultural heritage is associated with old and …

Exploring Biographies. Publication in CLARA

Saphinaz Amal Naguib has published an article in the open access journal CLARA – Classical Art and Archaeology entitled Exploring Biographies. Ancient Egyptian Funerary Statuettes at the Museum of Cultural History (MCH), University of Oslo: “Small funerary statuettes shaped as mummiform figurines are among the most common ancient Egyptian artefacts to be found in museums of cultural history worldwide. The …

From the Fjords to the Nile

Object Matters researcher Saphinaz Amal Naguib has contributed to the anthology From the Fjords to the Nile: Essays in honour of Richard Holton Pierce on his 80th birthday edited by Paul Steiner, Alexandros Tsakos, Eivind Heldaas Seland which is out on Archaeopress.  Her chapter contribution is entitled “Bridging Gaps: Archaeological Sources and Resources in Museums” and deals with the archaeology …

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 …