New (free!) Book: The Archaeology of Time Travel (ed. Bodil Petersson and Cornelius Holtorf)


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The Archaeology of Time Travel. Experiencing the Past in the 21st Century. Edited by Bodil Petersson and Cornelius Holtorf.

viii+318 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black & white. Oxford: Archaeopress. ISBN 9781784915018. 

Available both in print and Open Access.

This volume explores the relevance of time travel as a characteristic contemporary way to approach the past. If reality is defined as the sum of human experiences and social practices, all reality is partly virtual, and all experienced and practiced time travel is real. In that sense, time travel experiences are not necessarily purely imaginary. Time travel experiences and associated social practices have become ubiquitous and popular, increasingly replacing more knowledge-orientated and critical approaches to the past. Papers discuss the implications and problems associated with the ubiquity and popularity of time travelling and whether time travel is inherently conservative because of its escapist tendencies, or whether it might instead be considered as a fulfilment of the contemporary Experience or Dream Society. Whatever position one may take, time travel is a legitimate and timely object of study and critique because it represents a particularly significant way to bring the past back to life in the present. 

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Chapter 1: The Meaning of Time Travel (Cornelius Holtorf)

Part One: Emerging Possibilities in Virtual Time Travels
Chapter 2: Time Travel Using 3D Methodologies – Visualising the Medieval Context of a Baptismal Font (Nicoló Dell’Unto, Ing-Marie Nilsson† and Jes Wienberg)
Chapter 3: The Kivik Grave, Virtual Bodies in Ritual Procession – Towards New Artistic Interactive Experiences for Time Travellers (Magali Ljungar-Chapelon)
Commentary: Time Travel Paradoxes and Archaeology (Per Stenborg)
Commentary: Taking Us to the Past and the Past to Us (Isto Huvila)

Part Two: Time Travel as an Educational Method
Chapter 4: Use the Past, Create the Future – The Time Travel Method, a Tool for Learning, Social Cohesion and Community Building (Ebbe Westergren)
Chapter 5: To Make and to Experience Meaning – How Time Travels are Perceived amongst Participants (Niklas Ammert and Birgitta E. Gustafsson)
Commentary: Forming Bridges through Time Travel (Cecilia Trenter)

Part Three: Living the Distant Past
Chapter 6: Performing the Past – Time Travels in Archaeological Open-air Museums (Stefanie Samida) 
Chapter 7: Being There – Time Travel, Experience and Experiment in Re-enactment and ‘Living History’ Performances (Mads Daugbjerg)
Chapter 8: Face-to-Face with the Past – Pompeii to Lejre (Cornelius Holtorf)
Commentary: The Power of Time Travel (Roeland Paardekooper)
Commentary: Mediated and Embodied Pasts – A Comment (Carsten Tage Nielsen)

Part Four: Time Travel on Screen
Chapter 9: Waterworld - Travels in Time between Past and Future Worlds (Bodil Petersson)
Chapter 10: A Cup of Decaf Past - An Archaeology of Time Travel, Cinema and Consumption (Dawid Kobiałka)
Commentary: On Time Travelling and Cinema (Laia Colomer)
Commentary: A Cup of Decaf Past and Waterworld (Niklas Hillbom)

Part Five: Time Travel and Contemporary Society
Chapter 11: History as an Adventure – Time Travel in Late Modernity from the Perspective of a European Ethnologist (Michaela Fenske)
Chapter 12: Time Travel to the Present - Interview with Erika Andersson Cederholm (Cornelius Holtorf and Bodil Petersson)
Commentary: Time-Travelling Tourism - Reflections on the Past as a Place of Fascination as well as Refuge (Thomas Småberg)
Commentary: Time Travels as Alternative Futures (Britta Timm Knudsen)

Chapter 13: Anachronism and Time Travel (Bodil Petersson)

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