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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Tuesday, December 17 • 9:30am - 1:00pm
TAG46 | Archaeology and heritage studies in, of, and after the Anthropocene

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What does it mean to live in a self-proclaimed “age of humans”? And what is the role of archaeology and heritage studies in the current planetary “crisis” which this age is widely recognised as having heralded? Over the past decade, the “Anthropocene” has stimulated significant comment across archaeology and heritage studies, appearing in a number of different guises--as temporal marker, extinction crisis, human niche, climatological catastrophe, socio-cultural formation, economic and political critique, and posthumanist rallying cry to name but a few. But these debates and discussions have tended to happen in isolation from one another, limiting their usefulness and impeding broader discussion of the significance of the concept for archaeology and heritage studies more generally. The aim of this session is to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations across a broad range of scientific, artistic and humanistic approaches to the Anthropocene (and associated past, present and future environmental and climate related issues) to begin to explore the ways in which archaeology and heritage studies might reorganise themselves to address the new research agendas which such interdisciplinary approaches, and the broader recognition of these associated contemporary planetary crises, urgently demand.

(Please note: themes from this session are continued in the first part of the linked Session 47, Persistent Pasts: Engaging with Conflict Legacies in the Present, which contains a number of Anthropocene/Conflict related papers, and participants are encouraged to resume the discussions by joining that session following this one).

Organisers: Rodney Harrison; University College London

9:30 | Rodney Harrison, University College London | Session Introduction

9:35 | Elizabeth Graham, UCL; Lindsay Duncan, UCL; Dan Evans, Lancaster University | Is the Future just a load of Rubbish?

9:55 | Geneviève Godin, UiT the Arctic University of Norway | Monsters and the Anthropocene: Things in the Grey Zone

10:15 | Phil Stastney, MOLA | Scale-framing: an Anthropocene reading of peatland archaeological and palaeoenvironmental datasets

10:35 | Gabriele Oropallo, New York University in London | Stray Materials as Information in Flux

10:55 | - | BREAK

11:25 | Helen Chittock, AOC Archaeology Group | Towards an Archaeology of Repair

11:45 | Monika Stobiecka, University of Warsaw | The Anthropocene curiosities: prefiguring future archaeological artifacts

12:05 | Koji Mizoguchi, Kyushu University | Detecting the ‘signs’, or how we can conduct archaeologies in a responsible manner for contemporary society

12:25 | Rodney Harrison, University College London | Discussion

13:00 | - | END


Rodney Harrison

Professor of Heritage Studies, University College London
Rodney Harrison is Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow. He is Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures Research Programme; Director of the Heritage Futures Laboratory at UCL; and leads... Read More →

Dan Evans

Lancaster University

Geneviève Godin

UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Gabriele Oropallo

London Metropolitan University

Helen Chittock

AOC Archaeology Group

Koji Mizoguchi

Kyushu University

Tuesday December 17, 2019 9:30am - 1:00pm
Room 777/80 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

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