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
3 Scars: Living with Ambiguous Pasts
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
6 Oil Matters
Part III Affect
7 Emergent Images: Matters of Affect in Heritage Photography
8 Affective Encounters in Museums
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
Part IV Memory
11 Mending Shattered Time: 22 July in Norwegian Collective Memory
12 The Remembrance of Things: The Industrial Heritage of Mining and the Ecology of Memory
13 Interstitial Heritage: Industrienatur and Ecologies of Memory
Torgeir Rinke Bangstad
14 Memory and Redemption: Lessons from a Peasant Ecology
15 (Sm)All Things Remembered
Part V Entanglements
16 A Positive Passivity: Entropy and Ecology in the Ruins
17 Heritage Ecologies as Worlding Practices
18 Mold, Weeds and Plastic Lanterns: Ecological Aftermath in a Derelict Garden
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
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.