Futures Literacy: What it might mean for archaeology and heritage practices

Saxo Archaeology Research Seminar Series.

With Professor Anders Högberg (Linnaeus University School of Cultural Sciences/GRASCA).

Recently, Archaeology, Heritage Studies and Futures Studies have begun to explore mutual cross-disciplinary topics. Futurologist Richard Sandford (UCL) for example, argues that it is vital to engage with heritage when thinking about the future as “heritage is a fundamentally anticipatory practice”. To understand future-related qualities of Archaeology and heritage practices, knowledge needs to be developed that help us to recognise what kind of impact on the future Archaeology and heritage practices actually may have. In my presentation, I will draw on a decay of research on future related topics, to discuss Futures Literacy and why it is important to Archaeology and heritage practice in managing the relations between present and future societies.