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In Passing: Beiläufigkeit at the Verge of Anthropocene

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 January 2020

Þóra Pétursdóttir*
University of Oslo, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, Blindernveien 11, 0371Oslo, Norway Email:


To begin with, I would like to express my gratitude to Susan, Reinhard, Lena, Anna and Stefan for inviting me to participate in their workshop around the puzzling theme of Beiläufigkeit in archaeology. Having worked lately with assemblages of objects that, though very much in the spotlight of media, have hitherto fallen into the blind spot of archaeology, I immediately found it inviting to think in terms of Beiläufigkeit, the incidental and the by-passed. And, to no surprise—also given the concept's reluctance to give in fully to either translation or definition—the seminar and discussions in Berlin in April 2018 turned out extremely stimulating, leaving many glitches for further speculation.

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