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
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?
Macdonald, S. and Morgan, J. (2018) How can we know the future? Uncertainty, transformation, and magical techniques of significance assessment in museum collecting. Assessment of Significance. Berlin: Deutsches Historisches Museum, pp.20-26
Profusion and Heritage Futures
Jennie Morgan will be speaking at the ‘Heslington Circle Annual Event’ at the University of York.
Summary of the Nature-Culture Workshop at IUCN
Sorting through (ethnographic) things: reflections on Profusion theme fieldwork
Travelling into the Future… Taking the Profusion-theme to New Zealand
Performing the Processes and Challenges of Early Career Researchers
Living with and through profusion: narrating selves and shaping futures
Association of Social Anthropologists Conference ASA2016, Durham
‘Future Perspectives’ panel discussant
Listening to the Archive: Histories of sound data in the humanities and social sciences
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
The Story in the Object
13/09/2017 — 17/09/2017
Heritage Futures collaborators Encounters are to present a new work, “The Story in the Object” inspired by the archaeological memoir “Come Tell Me how you Live” by Agatha Christie. The work will take shape throughout the week long International Agatha Christie Festival 2017 in Torquay, as you are invited to bring an object that you would want to keep for the future.
Association of Independent Museums
AIM is a national charitable organisation which connects, supports and represents independent museums, galleries and ...