HUH Environmental Humanities Forum, March 19 (Tuesday), Marcy Rockman, ICOMOS, Washington, DC

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

we kindly invite you to the next Helsinki University Environmental Humanities Forum

March 19 (Tuesday), at 14.15-15.45

Marcy Rockman

IPCC lead, Climate Change and Heritage Working Group

Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Washington, DC

“Cultural Heritage as a Source of Creativity for Climate Change”

Kielikeskus (Language Center) sh.204 (Fabianinkatu 26)

Please kindly see Abstract and short Bio of Speaker below.

Looking forward to meeting/seeing you soon!

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With kind wishes, Viktor Pál and Mikko Saikku


“Cultural Heritage as a Source of Creativity for Climate Change”

Archaeological heritage is founded in the material remains of the past. And climate change is now putting many of these material remains around the world at risk for damage or destruction. But the strongest connection of archaeological cultural heritage to climate change may lie in the creativity it allows in finding meaningful responses to climate challenges. Drawing on nine years of experience in the US federal government, this presentation outlines three areas of heritage based creativity, including research question matching, climate stories, and community engagement with what matters most.


Marcy Rockman is an archaeologist who studies how humans gather, remember, and transmit environmental information, particularly during colonization. She’s used this research to address situations as diverse as cultural resource management in the American Southwest and homeland security risk communication in Washington, DC. From 2011-2018 she served as the US National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for Cultural Resources. She is now working under the auspices of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Climate Change and Heritage Working Group to improve incorporation of heritage in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Rockman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and B.Sc. in Geology from the College of William and Mary. Her major publications include Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation and the NPS Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy.

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