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Þóra Pétursdóttir


Þóra Pétursdóttir

Post-Doctoral fellow at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology

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Post-Doctoral fellow at CAS Centre for Advanced Study, at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

http://cas.oslo.no/fellows/thora-petursdottir-article1872-828.html

About Þóra Pétursdóttir

Þóra is born and raised in Iceland. She completed her undergraduate studies in History and Geography at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, in 2003. She received an MA in archaeology (2007) from UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, and a PhD from the same university in 2013. During her PhD she was a visiting scholar at the Archaeology Centre, Stanford University, for one semester. Þóra currently holds a Post-Doctoral position at The Arctic University of Norway. She will spend the Academic year 2016-2017 as Post-Doctoral fellow at the Centre for Advanced study, at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo. In her current position Þóra teaches Archaeology of Contemporary Pasts and occasional lectures on Archaeological Theory.

Research focus

Þóra’s research interests lie mainly within archaeology of the recent and contemporary past, material culture studies, critical heritage studies and archaeological theory. Her research includes topics such as modern ruination and abandonment, material aspects of memory, heritage aesthetics, archaeology in/of the Anthropocene. Her PhD Thesis, titled Concrete Matters: Towards an Archaeology of Things, explored the theoretical and methodological base of Contemporary Archaeology, and the fate of things in a ‘critical’ heritage studies. Her current research is focused on seaborne debris and drift beaches in the North Atlantic in contemporary and historical contexts, where she explores Diasporas of drifting things, drift matter as archaeological material, and the possibilities/obstacles of an Archaeology of the Anthropocene. Þóra’s publications include Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past (with Bjørnar Olsen) in addition to numerous articles and book chapters.

Tim Flohr Sørensen

Tim Flohr Sørensen

Assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen, The Saxo Institute, Department of Archaeology

https://saxo.ku.dk/ansatte/?pure=da/persons/49662

About Tim Flohr Sørensen

Tim joined The Saxo Institute in 2014 after being an assistant professor at the Aarhus University from 2012 to 2014, and after working as a Marie Curie postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge from 2010 to 2012 (research associate at St John’s College). He completed his PhD at Aarhus University in 2010, and spend 18 months at the University of Cambridge as a long-term internationalisation fellow. He graduated with an MA in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Wales Lampeter in 2003, and he holds a BA in Near Eastern Archaeology (1999). In his current position, he teaches archaeological theory and themed courses on the Master’s education (architecture, movement and mobility studies), in addition to lecturing on ruins and contemporary architecture. In the fall of 2016, he commences a field project on The Archaeology of Financial Crisis with Anna S. Beck (Museum Sydøstdanmark).

 

Research focus

Tim’s research has empirically been centred the architecture of cemeteries, focusing on the Early and Middle Neolithic and the study of megalithic burial monuments; on burial mounds and cremation in the Early Bronze Age; and on burial, cemeteries and mortuary architecture in the recent past (since 1850) and in particular in contemporary society. This has included topics such as time and temporality, absence, movement, the senses, emotion, affect and atmosphere. More recently, his work has focused on processes of ruination, removal, disappearance and dissolution in an architectural perspective, bridging theoretical perspectives from the disposal of human being with the management of decaying houses. His publications include the first Danish textbook on materiality studies (Materialitet - en indføring i kultur, identitet og teknologi with Mikkel Bille, Forlaget Samfundslitteratur 2012), an anthology on An Anthropology of Absence: Materializations of Transcendence and Loss (with Mikkel Bille and Frida Hastrup, Springer 2010), an anthology on Elements of Architecture: Archaeology, atmosphere and the performance of building spaces (with Mikkel Bille, Routledge 2016) and an anthology on Materialities of Passing: Explorations in transformation, transition and transience (with Peter Bjerregaard and Anders Emil Rasmussen, Routledge 2016) in addition to numerous articles and book chapters.