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Global Heritage Studies

Heritage – as artifacts, practices or as an idea – has assumed a given place within the research field of global studies. Relating heritage to on-going political, economic and social processes brings into focus the way in which heritage is used within the politics of identity; in relation to rights, property and ownership; or in connection with the consumption of the past. At the school of Global Studies a growing number of externally financed research projects focus on questions such as: how is the concept of heritage understood and practiced within different social and cultural contexts? What definitions exist, and what are their ideological and institutional backgrounds? How are memory processes, traditions and heritage used in reconciliation processes?

The goal of the Research Group Global Heritage Studies is to develop and support research collaboration within this field in order to build a strong and creative research environment. This is achieved through seminars in which we read key texts, or texts related to participants’ on-going project or research applications, as well as listen to invited guest speakers.

During the year 2017-2018 we have lunch meetings at 12:00 in C417 on the following Fridays:
10 November
15 December
12 January
9 February
9 March
13 April
18 May

Ongoing projects:

Creative reuse and redesign in official office spaces 
Staffan Appelgren and Anna Bohlin

Ecological restoration in urban neighborhoods in an American rustbelt city: the Milkweed for Monarchs Project
Maris Gillette

Genocide Memorial Museum in Post Conflict Societies: A Case Study of Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia
Savina Sirik

Heritage of Silence: Absence, Loss and Ambiguity as Postwar Legacy
Marita Eastmond

Industrial heritage and the gentrification of culture
Maris Gillette

Intersections and Influences: Heritage as Social Justice in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Region
Camille Westmont

Living (with) things: Consuming, collecting, and caring. With Museum of World Culture
Staffan Appelgren and Anna Bohlin

Loot, ownership, art and knowledge. The making of Benin objects, Edo traditions and Western progress at the British Museum
Staffan Lundén

Reconciliatory heritage: Reconstructing Heritage in a Time of Violent Fragmentations
Michael Landzelius (main applicant), Mikael Baaz, Evren Uzer von Busch, Klas Grinell, Feras Hammami, Mona Lilja and Ola Sigurdson

Re:heritage. Circulation and marketization of things with history
Anna Bohlin and Staffan Appelgren
Learn more about the project on the website for Making Global Heritage Futures.

Seeking justice from afar: Diasporas and transitional justice
Camilla Orjuela


Internal pages for participants (GUL)

Group leaders:

Anna Bohlin
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 4144

Staffan Appelgren
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 4333

Genocide Memoralisation

30/11-12/1. Two-day conference at Valand Academy in Gothenburg.

Page Manager: Research coordinator Isabell Schierenbeck|Last update: 11/7/2017

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