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Global Heritage Studies

Relating heritage to ongoing political, economic, social and cultural processes brings into focus the way in which heritage affects group identities, shapes economic practices, and structures global ideologies of value.

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, practiced and consumed within different social and cultural contexts? How is it used in identity politics, and in relation to rights, property and ownership? How are memory processes, traditions and heritage used in reconciliation processes? How is heritage implicated in issues like sustainability, climate change and the Anthropocene?

The goal of the research group Global Heritage Studies, which is linked to the UGOT Challenges initiative the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and the cluster Making Global Heritage Futures, 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 projects or research applications, as well as listen to invited guest speakers.

During the autumn of 2019 we have lunch meetings at 12:00 in room C417 at the School of Global Studies, on the following Fridays:

Ongoing projects:

The Circular Customer. With RISE & the City of Gothenburg
Staffan Appelgren and Anna Bohlin

Dealing with difficult pasts: A comparative study of Benin exhibitions in Britain, Germany, Nigeria and the USA
Staffan Lundén

Famines as Mass-atrocities: Reconsidering Violence, Memory and Justice in Relation to Hunger
Camilla Orjuela and Swati Parashar

Fishing for solutions: Community economies and coastal sustainable development in Sweden
Sebastian Linke, Maris Boyd Gillette, and Milena Schreiber

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

Mining for tourists in China
Maris Boyd Gillette

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

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

Seeking justice from afar: Diasporas and transitional justice
Camilla Orjuela


Group leaders:

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

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

Page Manager: Deputy Head of Department Isabell Schierenbeck|Last update: 10/1/2019

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