I am Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, where I have been employed since 2007. My research explores the cultural significance of material and environmental change, with a particular focus on heritage contexts. I have worked closely with environmental scientists, artists, archaeologists, photographers and heritage practitioners on a range of interdisciplinary projects, supported by funding from UK research councils (AHRC, EPSRC, NERC), the Royal Geographical Society, the Norwegian Research Council and the European Social Fund. I co-founded the Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities and directs the Creative Exchange art-science programme at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute. Recent publications include Anticipatory History (2011, with Simon Naylor and Colin Sackett) and Visible Mending (2013, with Steven Bond and James R. Ryan). A monograph, Beyond Saving: Entropic Heritage, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.
Mitchell, D. & DeSilvey, C. 2018. Care, repair, and adaptive heritage practice. CONTEXT: 155. 20-21.
Creativity and Stewardship in Changing Landscapes
DeSilvey, C. & Bartolini, N. 2018. Where horses run free? Autonomy, temporality, and rewilding in the Côa Valley, Portugal. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2018: 1-16.
Curated Decay: Arts of Losing, Noticing, Listening
02/06/2018 — 02/06/2018
Talk by Caitlin DeSilvey for Tuned City Messene
How might a focus on material process and persistence, rather than preservation and permanence, reorient heritage practice? What new relationships with the past (and the future) emerge from intentional accommodation of transience and decay? When change is inevitable, can we move past discussion of loss and ‘letting go’ to think instead about metamorphosis and ‘letting be’?
Heritage Futures at Future Fest
06/07/2018 — 07/07/2018
6-7 July 2018
In partnership with the AHRC Heritage Priority Area, we have been invited to programme two panels across two days for this year’s FutureFest, Europe’s largest Festival of the Future. Join us, along with project partners and friends of the project, for “Frozen Futures” on Friday and “Curated Decay” on Saturday.
Heritage Futures at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly in Delhi
Call for Papers: Unsustainable heritage?
If you are interested in participating in this session at ACHS2018 please contact Rodney Harrison email@example.com with a title and abstract in the first instance. Please note that abstracts and paper titles must be sent to conference organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to email@example.com by 30th November 2017.
Thinking Allowed: Heritage and Preservation
Caitlin DeSilvey discusses her new book as a guest on the Radio 4 programme.
Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving
The book has been featured and debated through various media outlets, with articles in The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Eastern Daily Press, and Cornwall Live – to name a few. DeSilvey was also interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall, and BBC Radio Solent.
DeSilvey, C. (2017). Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota.
Harrison, R. et al. (2016). Heritage Futures. Archaeology International 19: 68–72.
This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures. How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
Knowledge Exchange Workshop, Stockholm and Forsmark
08/03/2016 — 11/03/2016
Kyle Lee Crossett
Nature/Culture Heritage Surgery: Building Sustainable Heritage Futures in the Anthropocene
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii