Becoming Hauntologists: A New Model for Critical-Creative Heritage Practice

Sterling, Colin. 2021. Becoming Hauntologists: A New Model for Critical-Creative Heritage Practice. Heritage & Society 14(1), 67-86. DOI: 10.1080/2159032X.2021.2016049

This peer-reviewed article in Heritage & Society investigates the generative potential of hauntology as a mode of practice across various heritage domains. This work was first presented in 2017 at the Center for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) in Berlin, and later expanded through workshops and conference presentations in London and Stockholm. I would like to thank the many people I’ve spoken to over the years about these questions, and the artists and researchers who have inspired this line of thinking. The ideas put forward here build on conceptual work around heritage interpretation and critical-creative practice developed in relation to my project New Trajectories in Curatorial Experience Design. In 2022 I will be working with immersive design specialists ANAGRAM to develop a new augmented reality experience that puts this thinking into practice around contested monuments in London.