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Curating the City

Contact: Henric Benesch, Ingrid Martins Holmberg at the University of Gothenburg and Clare Melhuish and Dean Sully at UCL, London

Curating the City – Transdisciplinary approaches in urban settings
The existing city confronts scholars, practitioners, policy makers and citizen alike when it comes to negotiating the relationship between the urban past, present and future.

The overall aim is, through the prism of ’curating’, and more so ‘the curatorial’, to develop the expert’s traditional role in the direction of understanding popular heritage practices and conceptions and dealing with different stakeholders, subject-matters and audiences. Conservation and management are in this framing considered as innovative rather than as constraining practices. The crucial global challenges of democracy deficit (in terms of intersectionality) as core part of global sustainability (in terms of anthropocenic horizons) are addressed through five tentative themes: Co-curating the city ; The city as mnemonic device; Topograhies of knowledge production; Sites of transition: migration and heritage; Non modern urban imaginaries

Current event:
Reconstruction matters - Keynotes and conversations, autumn 2017
*First session*
Sept 20, kl 15.15-17 (followed by snacks)
Mittsalen, Department of Conservation, Guldhedsgatan 5A (Wavrinskys plats) follow the signs from the entrance
Three cases of loss and reconstruction: a space enwrapped by a new house, a landscape imported to another continentand a Schtetl translated into a map

Keynote by Prof. Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper
followed by conversations with Prof. Ola Wetterberg and PhD Eva Löfgren on loss and reconstruction. More information here.

 New Publications:

Memories of a city (2017) eds. I Martins Holmberg & J Westin

Urbanismer. Dagens stadsbyggande i retorik och praktik
red. Krister Olsson, Daniel Nilsson, Tigran Haas


Heritage as Common(s) – Common(s) as Heritage
Ed. Benesch, Hammami, Holmberg, Uzer
Curating the City Series, Gothenburg: Makadam Publishers. See flyer.

Vägskälens kulturarv – kulturarv vid vägskäl. Om att skapa plats för romer och resande i kulturarvet.
Ed. Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Makadam förlag 2014.
Contributions by: Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Erika Persson, Maria Persson, Sebastian Ulvsgärd, Kristian Jonsson, Staffan Appelgren. Online access.

For more information, check out CHS:s news.


Operational plan


Partner Projects

”Rörligare Kulturarv” RAÄ, PL Ingrid Martins Holmberg

“The City as Mnemonic Device” , sabbatical funded by the Faculty of Science GU, Ingrid Martins Holmberg

"Universitet som arena", Henric Benesch

“Sites and localities as re:heritage” Work package #3 in ”Re:heritage. Circulation and marketization of things with history” VR 2014-17 Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Anneli Palmsköld

 ”Visionens makt. Industrimiljöer, integrerade kulturarv och stadens omvandling” ("The power of visions: Industrial sites, integrated conservation and urban transformation") RAÄ, PL Gabriella Olshammar

"Heritage and Urban Resistance. Exploring Identity Politics, Commons and Conflict." Feras Hammami and Evren Uzer von Busch. Project information
 “Old Churches, New Values? Use and Management of Church buildings in a Changing Society” the National Heritage Board and the Church of Sweden (2012-2015), PL Ola Wetterberg

 “How was the Church of Sweden transformed into a national cultural heritage?” Swedish Research Council (2014-2018) PL Ola Wetterberg

 “ALTERheritage. Adapting Learning Tools for Europe’s Religious Heritage” PL Ola Wetterberg

  “Kids in space” PhD project HDK/Traders, Annelies Vaneycken

 “Participation in Heritage management” PhD project Conservation, Malin Weijmer

 “Local vs National Heritage Interests through the prism of the Norvegian Schoolhouse”, PhD project Conservation, Leidulf Mydland

Dialogue around 40 years of changes in the cultural environment, Ulrich Lange

Rural municipal communities, Ulrich Lange

"The role(s) of guides in the cultural heritage sector",
Bodil Axelsson, Daniel Ludvigsson (PL) and Lasse Kvarnström

 “People of the Flume: living with fire in a changing climate”
Christine Hansen

"Maintenance Matters. Exploring common contexts for heritage (e)valuation" by Ingrid Martins Holmberg and Elena Bogdanova

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