Þóra Pétursdóttir is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Archaeology and Social Anthropology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her research engages issues of contemporary archaeology, archaeological theory, and the politics of heritage, material culture studies and the “ontological turn.” Pétursdóttir has conducted research on contemporary settlements and conditions in Iceland, Northern Norway and Russia (Kola). She is a member of the international research groups “Ruin Memories” and “Object Matters” and her recent publications include: “Imaging modern decay: the aesthetics of ruin photography”, Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1(1), 2014, pp. 7-56 (with Bjørnar Olsen) and “Concrete matters: ruins of modernity and the things called heritage”, Journal of Social Archaeology 13(1), 2013, pp. 31-53.