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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
*Second session*
Coming Wednesday Oct 4th, kl 15.15-17 (followed by snacks)
Mittsalen, Department of Conservation, Guldhedsgatan 5A (Wavrinskys plats) follow the signs from the entrance

Creativity and reconstruction
A city through craftsmen’s eyes – continuity and change in reconstruction of the urban

keynote by Jasna Sersic

Today cities in many parts of the world operate on economic and socio-cultural ecologies that are radically different from the urban models of the twentieth century. This awareness creates new demands for knowledge and cooperation between urban researchers, academics, practitioners and civil society in order to respond to emergent challenges of urbanization today and in the future. In order to shed light to some of the emerging concerns regarding continuity and change in heritage preservation and urban development societies are facing today, in this lecture we will turn to craftsmen and craft organizations that have historically been at the center of urban developments before the advent of modern urban planning. By looking at how to read the city and its socio-spatial development through the perspective of the craftsmen and their organizations, this lecture aims to contribute to the debate on what kind of urbanity we are reconstructing and hopefully shed light on the alternative views of creativity in city-building. https://uppsala.academia.edu/JasnaSersic

followed by conversations with Maddie Leach, Valand Academy, and Gabi Dolff Bonekämper, TU Berlin

Series Keynotes and conversations autumn 2017
Reconstruction matters
Reconstruction is a treacherously familiar word, but its domicile within different disciplines, research fields and also within practice, renders ambiguity and makes it highly intriguing. In this series of sessions we use it as a vehicle to uncover enactments of the past in contemporary society, asking the inevitable questions of who, when, where, why, how?
The session are set up around keynotes that will bring insights into a spectrum of interpretations of, and contexts for, the concept. The keynotes are followed by conversations where scholars from different disciplines and fields meet in informed discussions, in particular taking on spatial and temporal aspects of the concept.
Key words: communities of loss, methods of anachronism, presentism, continuity and change, daidala

Sept 20th 15.15 Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper in conversation with Ola Wetterberg & Eva Löfgren
October 4th 15.15 Jasna Sersic in conversation with Maddie Leach and Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper
Nov 29th 15.15 Bodil Petersson in conversation with Gunnar Almevik and Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper on Time-travel and reconstruction
Dec 13th 15.15 Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper in conversation with Ulrich Lange and Clare Melhuis on Construction and reconstruction

*Venue: Mittsalen, Department of Conservation, Guldhedsgatan 5A (Wavrinskys plats) follow the signs from the entrance

Prof. Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, TU Berlin, holder of the 2017 Humboldt Stipend Swedish-German Programme Research Awards for Scientific Cooperation,
and hosted by the research cluster Curating the City within the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies & the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg.

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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