Heritage in More-than-Human Worlds


( Research )

The Reimagining Museums for Climate Action project emerges from Rodney Harrison and Colin Sterling's work on the AHRC Heritage Research programme.

This research focused on the implications of posthumanism and the Anthropocene for the heritage field. Engaging with a diverse range of thinkers - including Timothy Morton, Donna Haraway, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Rosi Braidotti and Claire Colebrook - this two year project sought to understand how heritage might be reconceptualised through a more-than-human lens.

Returning to some of the 'core concepts' of the heritage field, from care and stewardship to inheritance and memory, this research provided the foundation for thinking critically and creatively about the lingering anthropocentrism of most museum institutions. Many of the ideas developed through the RMCA competition picked up on this theme.

You can read more about this topic in these open access resources:

Rodney Harrison and Colin Sterling (eds.) 2020. Deterritorializing the Future: Heritage in, of and After the Anthropocene. Open Humanities Press

Colin Sterling. 2020. 'Critical Heritage and the Posthumanities: Problems and Prospects'. International Journal of Heritage Studies