How do museums and people in their homes decide what to keep in the face of mass production and consumption?
The Profusion theme addresses 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 look 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 investigate 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 addresses 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
What Museums (can) do
Talk by Sharon Macdonald at ‘Wissensort Museum. Traditionen – Positionen – Perspektiven’ at the University of Gottingen.
Heritage Futures at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Assembly in New Delhi, India
The Heritage Futures research programme will be joined by members of the AHRC Heritage Priority Area team in attending and organising a number of activities at the 19th ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in New Delhi .
Breaking the Wall of the Museum. How anthropology investigates the cultural heritage of the future
Talk by Sharon Macdonald at Falling Walls, the International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society.
Curating profusion: assembling heritage futures in homes and museums
Jennie Morgan will give a talk on the Profusion research theme at the University of Stirling Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy seminar series.
A Berlin Thought Experiment: Heritage Futures Visits CARMaH
Arts Council England (Yorkshire)
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s ...
‘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.
Travelling into the Future… Taking the Profusion-theme to New Zealand
Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage
University of Southampton Archaeology Seminar Series and the Centre for Transnational Studies in Modern Languages