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
Archives in Place
Curating Profusion: Assembling Heritage Futures in Homes and Museums
An invited talk by Jennie Morgan at the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Southern Regional Office.
‘The Human Bower’: Exploring Heritage-Futures through a Participatory Research-Arts Event
09/11/2018 — 10/12/2018
Rodney Harrison, Caitlin DeSilvey, Cornelius Holtorf, Sharon Macdonald, Nadia Bartolini, Esther Breithoff, Harald Fredheim, Antony Lyons, Sarah May, Jennie Morgan, and Sefryn Penrose. 2020. Heritage Futures Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. UCL Press.
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.