How do museums and people in their homes decide what to keep in the face of mass production and consumption?
The Profusion theme addressed the challenge presented by the abundance of material and digital stuff for assembling the future archive. Expanding mass-production and consumption have resulted in more things to potentially save for the future. We have looked at what is and what is not kept for posterity. We do so by investigating two domains in the United Kingdom that face the prolific past and present in particularly acute ways: homes and museums. Taking an anthropological approach using ethnographic methods, we investigated what is selected for long-term keeping and why. What are the complex yet often unacknowledged motivations, emotions, and judgements that shape what makes it into the future? Our research addressed these questions, while facilitating crossover of insights between homes and museums to hopefully produce new understandings of and responses to profusion.
We look at museums to explore what is kept for the future archive. Museums especially face profusion when dealing with the products of mass production and consumption...
Heritage, Change and the 'Second-Generation' Phenomenon: Traditional Craft and Revitalization in Jingdezhen
Heritage Futures at the 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference
Members of the Heritage Futures research team will be convening and presenting at seven sessions at the Association for Critical Heritage Studies 2018 conference at Zheijang University in Hangzhou, China from 1st-6th September.
If you’re heading there, come check out (at least) one of our sessions. Or follow our twitter @Future_Heritage and website for updates resulting from these sessions.
Heritage Futures: Some thoughts on the value of comparative research to critical heritage studies
04/07/2018 — 04/07/2018
‘Tomorrow starts here’: earthquakes, heritage, and the rebuilding of a city
In light of the most recent earthquake to strike Christchurch (New Zealand) on 14 February 2016, our researcher Jennie Morgan considers the rebuilding of a city and its heritage through Profusion theme interests.
Who Cares? Interventions in 'unloved' musuem collections
Techniques of Worlding: Categorization Knowledge Exchange at Kew
28/02/2017 — 02/03/2017
The Heritage Futures team hosts a Knowledge Exchange workshop at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Are heritage futures relevant to UNESCO?
Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage
University of Southampton Archaeology Seminar Series and the Centre for Transnational Studies in Modern Languages
The Human Bower
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, Torre Abbey Gardens 10am-4pm
A creative event asking: What would you keep for the future?
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
Meaningful Objects: Stories and Videos From the Curating Domestic Profusion Workshop
Anthropology of Art Research Centre, Chinese National Academy of Arts
We collaborate as partner researchers with the Anthropology of Art Research Centre at the Chinese ...