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Making Global Heritage Futures

Contact: Staffan Appelgren, Anna Bohlin, Håkan Karlsson at the University of Gothenburg and Rodney Harrison at UCL, London

General mission statement

The Making Global Heritage Futures (MGHF) cluster has a critical and interdisciplinary focus on how heritage – as elaborations of artifacts, practices or ideas of the past –constitutes a part of, and is used in, ongoing political, economic, social and cultural processes traversing local, national and global scales.

Relating heritage to these processes brings a number of issues and questions into focus, for instance; the ways in which heritage is interpreted and practiced within the politics of memory production and identity politics; how heritage is appropriated and exploited in terms of rights, property and ownership; the ways heritage is used in connection to the commodification and consumption of the past; and how heritage is being globalized as an assemblage of institutions, expert positions, knowledge and discourses.
The cluster will coordinate and support critical and interdisciplinary research activities and projects, with a cross-boundary character, that are situated within the overall field of the cluster. 

Organization and sub-clusters 

The Global Heritage cluster is headed by three coordinators and it consists of six sub-clusters: Consumption, Conflict, Landscape, World HeritageAudio-Visual-Sensory and Religion. Each sub-cluster have one or more heads that oversee development and activities. The six sub-clusters focus different fields and issues that are situated within contemporary international critical heritage research as well as in ongoing research activities at the University of Gothenburg. The subclusters are intended to be inclusive but also have clear delimitations. Within the cluster, four large projects on heritage, funded by the Swedish Reserch Council (VR), representing four faculties at GU, have formed a working group called 4VR in order to explore issues of mutual interest.


Operational plan



Re:heritage. Circulation and marketization of things with history. Re:heritage homepage

Read the project summary here.

”Second hand-marknaden är en bra arena för upplevelser ” Article on Re:heritage in GP, August 17, 2014

Decorated Farmhouses in Hälsingland: A holistic study of a World Heritage cultural site. Project homepage.

How was the Church of Sweden transformed into a national cultural heritage? Project homepage.

Museological framings of Islam in Europe. Project homepage.

Frictions, Fractures and Cultural Resilience of Swahili Coastal Towns. Project homepage.

How to live with fire: climate change, fire disaster and expanding populations in SE Australia. Project homepage.

Heritage and Urban Resistance. Exploring Identity Politics, Commons and Conflict. Project information.


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