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1st Edition

Heritage Ecologies

ISBN 9781138294608
Published August 24, 2021 by Routledge
426 Pages 128 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Heritage Ecologies presents an ecological understanding of heritage that furthers a concern for how its making and unmaking always involves a wide range of human and other-than-human actors.

Recognizing the entangled nature-cultures of heritage is essential in the Anthropocene era, where uncertainty and rapid environmental change force us to recast common conceptions of inheritance and to envision new strategies for preservation. Heritage sites are meant to be open and shared spaces, and a recurring argument in the cases presented here is that this openness inevitably also overrides our selections, orders and appreciations. Through a diverse range of case studies, the chapters collected in this book aim to explore the affects and memories engendered by diverse heritage ecologies where humans are neither the sole makers nor the only inheritors. The common call is that the experiential, perceptive and informational plenitude enabled through contributions of other-than-human actors is key to an ecological rethinking of heritage in the twenty-first century.

Heritage Ecologies is unique in bringing heritage studies into closer proximity with a wide variety of non-representational and object-oriented theories and is an important volume for students and researchers in archaeology and heritage studies.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

1 An Ecological Approach to Heritage

Torgeir Rinke Bangstad and Þóra Pétursdóttir

Part II Anthropocene

2 Legacies: Rethinking the Futures of Heritage and Waste in the Anthropocene

Rodney Harrison

3 Scars: Living with Ambiguous Pasts

Anna Storm

4 Wilderness Heritage: For an Ontology of the Anthropocene

Levi R. Bryant

5 Cultural Heritage and Memory of the Ecumene in the Age of the Anthropocene

Laurent Olivier

6 Oil Matters

Esther Breithoff

Part III Affect

7 Emergent Images: Matters of Affect in Heritage Photography

Colin Sterling

8 Affective Encounters in Museums

Marzia Varutti

9 A Gentle Shock of Mild Surprise: Surface Ecologies and the Archaeological Encounter

Tim Flohr Sorensen

10 From-the-Hip: Rocks and Critical Heritage Ecology in the Western Australian Pilbara

Janice Baker

Part IV Memory

11 Mending Shattered Time: 22 July in Norwegian Collective Memory

Helge Jordheim

12 The Remembrance of Things: The Industrial Heritage of Mining and the Ecology of Memory

Timothy Lecain

13 Interstitial Heritage: Industrienatur and Ecologies of Memory

Torgeir Rinke Bangstad

14 Memory and Redemption: Lessons from a Peasant Ecology

Alfredo González-Ruibal

15 (Sm)All Things Remembered

Ingar Figenschau

Part V Entanglements

16 A Positive Passivity: Entropy and Ecology in the Ruins

Caitlin Desilvey

17 Heritage Ecologies as Worlding Practices

Christina Fredengren

18 Mold, Weeds and Plastic Lanterns: Ecological Aftermath in a Derelict Garden

Stein Farstadvoll

19 Heritage and the Visual Ecology of the Plantationocene

Rui Gomes Coelho

20 I Shed Tears, Left, and Forgot: The Common Frog, Mosquitoes, and Grandmother Pine Stayed

Suvi Tuominen and Marko Marila

Part VI Epilogues/Reflections

21 Inheritance

Timothy Morton

22 Ecotone

Þóra Pétursdóttir

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Torgeir Rinke Bangstad is a researcher at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.

Þóra Pétursdóttir is Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oslo, Norway.