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Anna Bohlin

Senior lecturer

Anna Bohlin
Senior lecturer
anna.bohlin@globalstudies.gu.se
+46 31 786 4144

Room number: C317
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2A , 41314 Göteborg


School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
www.globalstudies.gu.se
globalstudies@gu.se
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Anna Bohlin

After my Ba (Hon) in Social Anthropology and Politics at SOAS, University of London, I completed a doctoral degree in social anthropology at University of Gothenburg in 2001. Between 1997 and 2008 I was involved in research and teaching in South Africa. I am currently Associate Professor in Social Anthropology and from 2011 I have been a lecturer in the subject at the School of Global Studies.


Areas of interest
My research interests include second-hand and re-use, alternative heritage practices, memory and material culture. Previous research has focused on the link between memory and place and its significance for processes of democratisation, citizenship and nation building. I have investigated memory and uses of history within the South African government’s land restitution programme; place, memory and citizenship in urban contexts and the related field of reconciliation, public memory, and other forms of heritage-related activities. Other areas of interest have included participation in cultural resource management as well as the construction and management of "nature" and "culture" within the restoration of watercourses.

Current research

Recently I have been interested in the intersection between things/materials, temporality and sustainability. My current research explores relations to everyday domestic items from a posthumanist perspective. among other things through the project Re:heritage. Circulation and marketization of things with history, Swedish Research Council, 2014-2019, which investigated reuse as an embodied and alternative form of heritage. As part of the project I also collaborated with the Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg for their exhibition Human:Nature, 2019-2021. Currently I examine the social and material configurations that lead to things remaining in households for extended periods of time rather than being divested in the project Staying (with) Things: Alternatives to Circular Living and Consuming, Swedish Research Council 2020-2024. I am part of the leadership group of the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, a partnership between University College London and University of Gothenburg.



Teaching and tutoring
I teach mainly within social anthropology and the Ma Programme in Global Studies on topics such as sustainability and waste, material culture, reconciliation, urban studies, heritage and research methods. I also supervise within the PhD-programme in social anthropology.

Latest publications

'It will keep circulating’: Loving and Letting Go of Things in Swedish Second-hand Markets.
Anna Bohlin
Worldwide Waste Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies , Journal article 2019
Journal article

Kreativt återbruk och redesign i offentliga kontorsmiljöer
Staffan Appelgren, Anna Bohlin, Michael Helander, Michaela Holmdahl, Karin Kindblom et al.
Stockholm, Energimyndigheten, Report 2018
Report

The liveliness of objects in use: Sensing the soul of second hand things
Anna Bohlin
Deterritorialising the Future: A symposium on heritage in, of and after the Anthropocene, 14 September, London, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Caring for things, connecting to humans: Second-hand, reuse and “sustainable consumerism”
Anna Bohlin
SANT/FAS 2018 Conference: Vulnerabilities 19-21 April, Uppsala, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

The liveliness of ordinary objects: Sensing the soul of second hand things
Anna Bohlin
Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, 1-6th September, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Commentary: Belonging and Belongings: On Migrant and Nomadic Heritages in and for the Anthropocene
Rodney Harrison, Staffan Appelgren, Anna Bohlin
The New Nomadic Age Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration, Sheffield, Equinox Publishing, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Unsticky stuff: Affective energies of letting go in circular economies
Anna Bohlin
AAA 116th Annual Meeting, Washington, Anthropology Matters!, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Re-dwelling and urban domesticity: Making place through secondhand things
Anna Bohlin
13th SIEF Congress, Göttingen, Ways of Dwelling: Crisis, Craft, Creativity, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Second-hand as Living Heritage: Intangible Dimensions of Things with History
Staffan Appelgren, Anna Bohlin
Davis, P. & Stefano, M. S. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage, , Abingdon and New York, Routledge, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Things with souls: Second-hand finds, care and temporality
Anna Bohlin
American Anthropoligical Association (AAA) 115th Annual Meeting, Advancing Knowledge, Solving Human Problems. Minneapolis, USA: 16-20 November 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

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2006

Minne, glömska och produktionen av lokalitet i det nya Sydafrika
Anna Bohlin
Tidsskriftet Antropologi, Journal article 2006
Journal article

2004

A Price on the Past: Cash as Compensation in South African Land Restitution
Anna Bohlin
Canadian Journal of African Studies, Journal article 2004
Journal article

2001

Places of longing and belonging: Memories of the Group Area Proclamation of a South African fishing village
Anna Bohlin
Contested landscapes: Movement, exile and place, Oxford & New York, Berg, Chapter in book 2001
Chapter in book

1998

The politics of locality: Memories of District Six in Cape Town
Anna Bohlin
Locality and belonging, London & New York, Routledge, Chapter in book 1998
Chapter in book

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