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Researcher

Þóra Pétursdóttir

Researcher
Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology




Research interests

Archaeology of the contemporary past, archaeological theory, material culture and thing theory

Publications in CRIStin


  • Petursdottir, Thora. Anticipated futures? Knowing the heritage of drift matter. International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS) 2019. ISSN 1352-7258.s 1 - 17.s doi: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1620835.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Gengið á reka: fornleifafræði mannaldar. Árbók hins Íslenzka fornleifafélags 2018. ISSN 0256-8462.s 7 - 36.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Drift. Routledge 2018 ISBN 9781138898981.s 85 - 101.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Lyrics for a duskier enlightenment. in response to Alexandra Ion. Archaeological Dialogues 2018; Volum 25 (2). ISSN 1380-2038.s 205 - 213.s doi: 10.1017/S138020381800020X.

  • Olsen, Bjørnar Julius; Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Sværholt: Poetics of Memory. 2017 ISBN 978-952-7131-36-7.s 88 - 95.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Climate Change: Archaeology and Anthropocene. Archaeological Dialogues 2017; Volum 24 (2). ISSN 1380-2038.s 175 - 205.s doi: 10.1017/S1380203817000216.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Olsen, Bjørnar Julius. Theory Adrift: The Matter of Archaeological Theorizing. Journal of Social Archaeology 2017; Volum 18 (1). ISSN 1469-6053.s 97 - 117.s doi: 10.1177/1469605317737426.

  • Olsen, Bjørnar Julius; Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Unruly Heritage: Tracing Legacies in the Anthropocene. Arkæologisk Forum 2016; Volum 35. ISSN 1399-5545.s 38 - 45.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. For love of ruins. Routledge 2016 ISBN 978-1138775411.s 365 - 386.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Cold Wars and Summer-Night Dances: An Archaeology of the Iron Curtain: Material and Metaphor, by Anna McWilliams and Minnen från vår samtid: Arkeologi, materialitet och samtidshistoria (Memories of our Time: Archaeology, Materiality and Contemporary History) by Maria Persson. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 2016. ISSN 2051-3429.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Die Sorge für Verfallendes: Theoretisierung von materiellem Kulturerbe. Waxmann Verlag 2015 ISBN 978-3-8309-3175-1.s 105 - 127.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Things out-of-hand: the aesthetics of abandonment. Routledge 2014 ISBN 9780415523622.s 335 - 364.

  • Grabowski, Radoslaw; Olsen, Bjørnar Julius; Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Witmore, Christopher. Teillager 6 Sværholt: The archaeology of a World War II prisoner of war camp in Finnmark, arctic Norway. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 2014; Volum XXXI. ISSN 0781-7126.s 3 - 24.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Olsen, Bjørnar Julius. Modern Ruins: Remembrance, Resistance, and Ruin Value. Springer 2014 ISBN 978-1-4419-0466-9.s 4983 - 4994.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Olsen, Bjørnar Julius. An archaeology of ruins. Routledge 2014 ISBN 9780415523622.s 3 - 29.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Concrete matters: Ruins of modernity and the things called heritage. Journal of Social Archaeology 2013; Volum 13 (1). ISSN 1469-6053.s 31 - 53.s doi: 10.1177/1469605312456342.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Small Things Forgotten Now Included, or What Else Do Things Deserve?. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 2012; Volum 16 (3). ISSN 1092-7697.s 577 - 603.s doi: 10.1007/s10761-012-0191-0.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Fé og frændur í eina gröf: Hugleiðingar um kuml og greftrun í íslensku samhengi. Ólafía. Rit fornleifafræðingafélags Íslands 2012. ISSN 1670-6498.s 139 - 162.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Grafist fyrir um mannvirkin í Arnarbæli við Selfljót: Af niðurstöðum rannsókna haustið 2010. Múlaþing 2011; Volum 37. ISSN 1022-5021.s 34 - 43.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Hermannsdóttir, Ásta. Fornleifaskráning á Öxi. Múlaþing 2011; Volum 37. ISSN 1022-5021.s 126 - 135.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Orð í belg um íslenska kumlhestinn og uppruna hans. Árbók hins Íslenzka fornleifafélags 2011. ISSN 0256-8462.s 185 - 208.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Kuml. 2011 ISBN 978-9935-10-045-0.s 54 - 71.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Nýminjar: (Forn)leifar og (forn)leifafræði. 2011 ISBN 978-9935-10-045-0.s 424 - 433.

  • Olsen, Bjørnar Julius; Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past. Routledge 2014 ISBN 9780415523622.s 92 - 105.

  • Farstadvoll, Stein; Olsen, Bjørnar Julius; Petursdottir, Thora. A speculative archaeology of excess: Exploring the afterlife of a derelict landscape garden. (fulltekst) 2019.

  • Petursdottir, Thora; Olsen, Bjørnar Julius. Tingenes verdi - museets arv. Ottar 2019; Volum 65 (2). ISSN 0030-6703.s 31 - 40.

  • Olsen, Bjørnar Julius; Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Søppel eller kulturarv?. Vin og viten 2018-04-11 - 2018-04-11 2018.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Things in passing. Heritage in Motion. People, Things and Materials in New Places (PhD seminar) 2018-11-12 - 2018-11-17 2018.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Tim Flohr, Sørensen. Indecent and Obscene? A view from a depraved ethics of the contemporary. CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) 2018-10-26 - 2018-10-28 2018.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. On nearing and knowing drift matter. Workshop on Beiläufigkeit (incidentalness) in archaeology 2018-04-26 - 2018-04-27 2018.

  • Olsen, Bjørnar Julius; Nango, Joar; Pétursdóttir, Þóra. ARV. Jubileumsutstilling UiT 50 år, Senter for Grunnforskning (CAS) 25 år 2018-03-26 - 2018-10-02 2018.

  • Kramvig, Britt; Huse, Tone; Verran, Helen Ruth; Pétursdóttir, Þóra. How and why do objects come to matter in the Arctic?. Dark Ecology and Arctic Encounters Forum; 2016-06-15 2016-06-15 - 2016-06-16 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Book review of: ‘Industrial Heritage in Denmark: Landscapes, Environments and Historical Archaeology. Edited by Caspar Jørgensen and Morten Pedersen Aarhus: Kultur Styrelsen and Aarhus University Press. 285 pp. ISBN 978 87 7124 108 2. Nordicum-Mediterraneum 2016; Volum 11. ISSN 1670-6242.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Arriving at the Past: Challenges in Archaeological Reasoning. Dialogues with the Past, Nordic Graduate School in Archaeology, Open Lecture 2016-11-01 - 2016-11-01 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Strange and Estranged: On bringing Things Close. TAG - Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference 2016-12-19 - 2016-12-21 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Drift. Hybrid Matters symposium, Theatre Academy Helsinki 2016-11-24 - 2016-11-25 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. After Discourse: Archaeology and Anthropocene. CAS senter for grunnforskning, fagseminar 2016-10-26 - 2016-10-26 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Sørensen, Tim Flohr. On the Trace: An Introduction. On the Trace 2016-09-22 - 2016-09-23 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Huse, Tone; Kramvig, Britt. How and why do objects come to matter in the Arctic?. Dark Ecology and Arctic Encounters Forum 2016-06-15 - 2016-06-15 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Radical Ontologies? Archaeology in the Age of the Anthropocene. RATS (Radical Archaeological Theory Symposium) conference 2016-03-03 - 2016-03-05 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Archaeology of Drift Matter: Driftwood and the Movement of Things Around People. MA Seminar: On the Move: Archaeological and Historical Approaches to Mobility and Movement 2016-09-21 - 2016-09-21 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Hagræðing menningararfs. 2016.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Sharing ground. Current Swedish Archaeology 2015; Volum 23. ISSN 1102-7355.s 67 - 71.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Heritage, Ruins and the Archaeology of the Recent Past. University of Bergen/Bergen Museum research seminar series 2015-02-13 - 2015-02-13 2015.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Wrack Zone Archaeology: The Heritage of Stranded Things. Nordic TAG 2015-04-16 - 2015-04-18 2015.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. For Love of Ruins: Aesthetics of Ruination and Heritage Value. International Congress of Historical Sciences, August 23rd – 29th 2015-08-23 - 2015-08-29 2015.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Hlutir, menning, minjar: Hugleiðing um arfleifð. University of Iceland research seminar series 2014-11-28 - 2014-11-28 2014.

  • Petursdottir, Thora. Ruin/ruination: the aesthetics of heritage. Lost in things: Questioning functions and meanings of the material world 2013-11-28 - 2013-11-29 2013.

  • Petursdottir, Thora. Aesthetizication and ruin porn? A reply to the critique of ruin photography. XIII Nordic TAG 2013-04-21 - 2013-04-24 2013.

  • Petursdottir, Thora. Approaching Modern Ruins: Photos, Memos and Ruin Memories. Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) annual conference 2013-01-09 - 2013-01-12 2013.

  • Petursdottir, Thora. Concrete matters: towards an archaeology of things. 2013 ISBN 978-82-8244-107-0.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Concrete Matters: Modern ruins in Saga-land and the things called heritage. Stanford Archaeology Center Workshop series 2012-03-08 - 2012.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Endurfundir: Fornleifarannsóknir styrktar af Kristnihátíðarsjóði 2001-2005. Árbók hins Íslenzka fornleifafélags 2011. ISSN 0256-8462.s 227 - 232.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Stóriðja á Ströndum. Icelandic Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting 2011-03-10 - 2011-03-10 2011.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. A sense of snow: Ruin memories from the North Atlantic. 11th Nordic TAG conference 2011-04-26 - 2011-04-29 2011.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Topographic - Photographic: Dialogues with the recent past. 4t US TAG conference 2011-05-06 - 2011-05-08 2011.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Af öskuhaugum fullveldis. Fagdag AkureyrarAkademian 2011-12-01 - 2011-12-01 2011.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Behind my back: Abandonment, object narratives and moments of intervention. 33rd Theoretical Archaeological Group (TAG) Conference 2011-12-14 - 2011-12-16 2011.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. Dreggjar dagsins og fornleifafræði hins nýliðna. (data) Hugsandi 2011.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra. "Innviðir" - enn af dreggjum dagsins. (data) Hugsandi 2011.

  • Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Sigurgeirsson, Magnús. Frumrannsókn menningarminja í Arnarbæli við Selfljót. 2011.

  • Publications outside Cristin

    2017

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. and Olsen, B. (2017) 'Theory Adrift: The Matter of Archaeological Theorizing'. Journal of Social Archaeology.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2017) 'Climate Change: Archaeology and Anthropocene'. Archaeological Dialogues.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2017) 'Gengið á reka: fornleifafræði mannaldar'. Árbók hins íslenzka fornleifafélags, 2017.

    Olsen, B. and Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2017) 'Sværholt: Poetics of Memory'. In: J. Kaila and J. Knuutila eds. Inside and Beside the Camp. Helsinki: The Academy of Fine Arts, University of Helsinki, pp. 88-95.

    2016

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2016) ‘For love of ruins’. In: T.F. Sørensen and M. Bille eds. Elements of Architecture. London: Routledge.

    Olsen, B. and Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2016) 'Unruly Heritage: Tracing legacies in the Anthropocene'. Arkæologisk Forum 35, pp. 38-45.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2016) 'Cold wars and summer night dances'. Review essay of Anna MacWilliams', An Archaeology of the Iron Curtain: Material and Metaphor, Stockholm University, 2013, and Maria Person's, Minnen från vår samtid: Arkeologi, materialitet och samtidshistoria, Gothenburg University, 2014. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/cold-wars-summer-night-dances/

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2016) 'Hagræðing menningararfs' Vísir 17.03.16. http://www.visir.is/g/2016160318975

    2015

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2015) 'Sharing ground' (Reply to Gavin Lucas), Current Swedish Archaeology 23,  67-71.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2015) ‘Die Sorge für Verfallendes: Theoretisierung von materiellem Kulturerbe’. In: P.W. Stockhammer and H.P. Hahn eds. Lost in Things: Fragen an die Welt des Materiellen. Trans. Vanessa Schmidt. Münster: Waxmann, pp. 105-127

    2014

    Grabowski, R., Olsen, B., Pétursdóttir, Þ. and Witmore, C. (2014) ‘Teillager 6, Sværholt: The archaeology of a POW camp in Finnmark, Arctic Norway', Fennoscandia Archaeologica XXXI, 3-24.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. and Olsen, B. (2014) ‘Imaging modern decay: the aesthetics of ruin photography’, Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1(1): 7-56.

    Olsen, B. and Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2014) ‘Sarnes Internat: archaeological aesthetics’ [a photo essay], Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1(1): 57-72.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2014) ‘Things-out-of-hand: the aesthetics of abandonment’, in B. Olsen and Þ. Pétursdóttir (eds.) Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past, Routledge, pp. 335-364.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. and Olsen, B. (2014) ‘An archaeology of ruins’, in B. Olsen and Þ. Pétursdóttir (eds.) Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past, Routledge, pp.3-29.

    Olsen, B. and Pétursdóttir, Þ. (eds.) (2014) Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past, Routledge.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. and Olsen, B. (2014) ‘Modern ruins: remembrance, resistance and ruin value’, in P.R. Mullins and J. Schofield (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology: Archaeology in the Modern World, Springer.

    2013

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2013) ‘Lagerhúsið við síldarstöðina á Eyri í Ingólfsfirði – Ljósmyndaþáttur’ [The Storage house at the Eyri herring station in Ingólfsfjörður – a photo essay], Árbók hins íslenzka fornleifaféags 2013.


    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2013) Concrete matters: towards an archaeology of thingsPhD Thesis University of Tromsø, Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology. Accessible at: http://munin.uit.no/handle/10037/5508

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2013) ‘Concrete matters: ruins of modernity and the things called heritage’, Journal of Social Archaeology 13(1): 31-53.

    2012

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2012) ‘Small things forgotten now included, or what else do things deseve?’, International Journal of Historical Archaeology 16(3): 577-603.  

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2012) ‘Material memories among pre-Christian graves in Iceland’, in Ragnhild Berge, Marek E. Jasinski and Kalle Sognnes (eds.) N-TAG Ten: Proceedings of the 10th Nordic TAG conference at Stiklestad, Norway 2009, British Archaeological Reports International Series 2399, pp. 31-39, Oxford: Archaeopress.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2012) ‘Fé og frændur í eina gröf: Hugleiðingar um kuml og greftrun í íslensku samhengi’ [‘Fé and frændr in one grave: pre Christian grave customs in Iceland’], Ólafía: Rit Fornleifafræðingafélags Íslands, 4: 139-162.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2012) ‘Sagan af klaustrinu á Skriðu’ [Book review], Saga L(2): 177-181.

    2011

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2011) ‘Kuml’ [‘Pre-Christian graves’], in Birna Lárusdóttir (ed.) Mannvist: Sýnisbók íslenskra fornleifa, pp. 54-71, Reykjavík: Opna.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2011) ‘Nýminjar: (Forn)leifar og (forn)leifafræði’ [‘Archaeology of the contemporary past’], in Birna Lárusdóttir (ed.) Mannvist: Sýnisbók íslenskra fornleifa, pp. 424-433. Reykjavík: Opna.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2011) ‘Grafist fyrir um mannvirkin í Arnarbæli við Selfljót: Af niðurstöðum rannsókna haustið 2010’ [‘Structures at Arnarbæli by Selfjót investigated: Results from archaeological excavations in autumn 2010’], Múlaþing 37: 35-43.

    Hermannsdóttir, Á. og Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2011) ‘Fornleifaskráning á Öxi’ [‘Archaeological survey on Öxi’], Múlaþing 37: 127-135.

    2010

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2010) ‘Nokkur orð í belg um íslenska kumlhesta’ [‘Considering Icelandic horse burials’], Árbók hins íslenzka fornleifafélags 2010: 185-209.

    Pétursdóttir, Þ. (2010) ‘Endurfundir: Fornleifarannsóknir styrktar af Kristnihátíðarsjóði 2001-2005’ [Book review], Árbók hins íslenzka fornleifafélags 2010, 227-232.

    2009

    Pétursdóttir (2009) ‘Icelandic Viking age graves: lack in material – lack of interpretation”, Archaeologia Islandica 7: 22-40.

    2008

    Jóhannesdóttir, S. and Pétursdóttir, Þ. Fornleifaskóli barnanna. Árbók Þingeyinga, pp. 25-30.

    2007

    Þóra Pétursdóttir (2007) “Deyr fé, deyja frændr”. Re-animating mortuary remains from Viking Age Iceland, MA Thesis, University of Tromsø, Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology. Accessible at : http://www.ub.uit.no/munin/bitstream/10037/1165/3/thesis.pdf

    2005

    Þóra Pétursdóttir (2005) “Minjar sem hverfa…” [‘Archaeological remains under threat…’], Múlaþing 32: 47-68.