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 …

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 …