September 27-30: Writing retreat (the whole team).

September 25-26: Visit to the University of Liverpool (the whole team) for a workshop with the project The Human Remains: Digital Library of British Mortuary Science and Investigation, directed by Dr Ruth Nugent.

September 19-21: Liv Nilsson Stutz is invited to speak at the Conference on Materiality and Virtuality at the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture in Krems, Austria.

August 30-September 2: European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meetning, Belfast. Liv Nilsson Stutz presents the paper Handling Liminality. A Survey of Attitudes to Human Remains in Swedish Museums, in the session “From What Things Are to What Thing Ought to Be: Ethical Concerns on Archaological and Forensic Human Remains.” Nicole Crescenzi will act as a discussant for the roundtable “Roundtable session of the EAA Community on the Illicit Trade in Cultural Material”

June 6-7: NUME, IX Ciclo di Studi Medievali 2023, Florence. Nicole Crescenzi presents the paper “La musealizzazione dei resti umani di Leopoli-Cencelle (VT)”.

May 11-14: Liv Nilsson Stutz attended the American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting in Ann Arbor, MI. She chaired the panel Historical medical collections, human biomaterials and remains: Politics, ethics, practices, history

May 11-12: Sarah Tarlow and Nicole Crescenzi attended the 23rd Cambridge Heritage Symposium “Encountering Human Remains: Heritage Issues and Ethical Considerations.” Nicole presented the poster: “Exhibiting human remains in museums. An historical, ethical, institutional issue.”

March 26-29: Liv Nilsson Stutz and Rita Peyroteo Stjerna travel with LNUC Concurrences to Bruxellles on the study trip Decolonisation in the Heart of Europe, where we, among other things, will visit the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.

March 3: Liv Nilsson Stutz presents the project to the seminar in Medical Ethics, Lund University: How do we care for the long dead? A presentation of the research project “Ethical Entanglements. The care for human remains in museums and research”

February 13-16: Visit to Edinburgh. Liv Nilsson Stutz visits The National Museum of Scotland, Surgeon’s Hall and the Anatomical Musem at the University of Edinburgh. She also gives a lecture in the course Social Bioarcaheology at the University of Edinburgh.

January: Rita Peyroteo Stjerna joined the Scientific Committee for Ethical matters in biomolecular archaeology at ISBA10 “New Horizons in Biomolecular Archaeology”. ISBA10 is organized by the University of Tartu, Estonia and will take place on the 13th–16th September 2023.


December 2: The museum of Mediterranean and Mid Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm. Liv Nilsson Stutz participated in a panel discussion: How do Museums handle mummies?

November 17: Rita Peyroteo Stjerna attended the webinar on aDNA Research and Research Integrity organised by the Norwegian Committee for Research Ethics on human Remains. This event focused on ethical challenges in ancient DNA research of archaeological museum collections and can be watched here.

November 14-18: Visits to the Netherlands. Sarah Tarlow and Liv Nilsson Stutz visited the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam and Body Worlds Amsterdam. On Nov 17 Liv Nilsson Stutz presented the project in a workshop at the University of Groningen. Liv Nilsson Stutz also visited the University Museum in Groningen.

August 31 – September 3: European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meetning, Budapest. The project researchers organised the session: Human Remains: Between Objects of Science and Lived Lives. Toward a New Ethics for Human Remains in Archaeology. Liv Nilsson Stutz, Sarah Tarlow and Hayley Mickleburgh all presented aspects of their research in separate papers.

August 23: Seminar about Research Ethics and report on the progress of the project at Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm.

May 19-21: Einstein Forum (Potsdam) Conference The Dignity of the Dead. Liv Nilsson Stutz participates in a round table discussion Exposing the Dead. Human Remains on Display, and presents a talk: Embodied Rituals and Ritualized Bodies – Making Sense of Death.

May 16: the Annual Network Meeting for curators of archaeological collections, Middelburg, the Netherlands. Hayley Mickleburgh presented on the ethics of curating human remains and lead discussions with curators.

May 12: the Dutch National Heritage Agency, Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Hayley Mickleburgh participated in a Round table discussion on ethics and human remains

May 2-4: Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium) Workshop Museums, sustainability, collections. Liv Nilsson Stutz presented the Keynote for the panel Sensitive Collections: Human bodies. Human remains. The bones at the center of the decolonization debate.

April 7: Workshop Contract Archaeology, Human Remains, and Ethics in 2022 at Teleborg Castle, Växjö. The workshop was organised in collaboration with Ina Thegen, graduate Student in Archaeology at Aarhus University and guest researcher at Linnaues University Center for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial studies. Concurrences sponsored the workshop.

March 29: Seminar on Ethics at Karolinska Institutet. Liv Nilsson Stutz participated with the presentation Antropologiska perspektiv på mänskliga kvarlevor i samlingar/Anthropological perspectives on human remains in museums, and in the panel discussion. A summary can be found here.

March 10: Seminar at the Department of Arcaheology and Ancient History, Lund University. Ethical Entanglements. The caring for human remains in museums and research.

March 2: Lunchtime seminar for the Society of Archaeologists in Iceland, Fornleifastofnun Íslands ses. Humans in museums. A study of the collections of human remains in museums, and the people who curate them.

January 26-27: Meeting with the research project reference group at the Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm.


Nov 4: The National Committee for Research Ethics on Human Remains (SKJ) (Norway). Seminar (Oslo): Return of Human Remains? Practices, Implications and ethical issues. Liv Nilsson Stutz presented the Keynote: Repatriation of human remains as decolonizing strategy and activism. Drawing from experiences and contemplating new challenges

Oct 19: Visit to the Östergötland Museum. Liv Nilsson Stutz visited with the team preparing the new permanent exhibition to discuss the different dimensions of exhibiting human remains and the pedagogical dimensions of human remains in museums.

May 24-25: Researching Nordic Colonialism – Past, Present, Future. Liv Nilsson Stutz presented the paper Exceptional, ahead, or behind? Swedish museums and their relationships to human remains.

March 24: Liv Nilsson Stutz presented Ethical Entanglements at a seminar at the Swedish History Museum.

February 17-18: NCK Spring conference Decolonizing Heritage from a Nordic Perspective. Liv Nilsson Stutz presented the paper Repatriation as a strategy for decolonization. Experiences from an international perspective.

January 27-28: Liv Nilsson Stutz acted as a closing dicussant for the conference DigiDeath at the University of Chester. Read more here.


December 18: Liv Nilsson Stutz participated in a K-samtal organized by the Swedish National Heritage Board on the topic of how Swedish museums handle human remains. The event was a conversation between Liv and Estelle Lazer (University of Sydney), and moderated by Kicki Eldh. Summary and sound file here.

November 10-11: Annual Meeting for the Nordic Network for human Remains, organized at the Museum for World Cultures, Gothenburg. Liv Nilsson Stutz presented the paper: What can we show? A comparative analysis of attitudes to the exhibition of human remains in the US and the Nordic countries. Link to access video from the presentations

October 13. The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees Webinar: Return of Human Remains? Practices, Implications and Ethical Issues. Liv Nilsson Stutz presented the Keynote Address: Can Repatriation be Problematized? Should it be? Theoretical Challenges and Political Choices. Link to video of conference.