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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.

Photo by Håkan Karlsson, from fieldwork at Cuba.


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

Heritage Futures, more information here.

Living (with) Things, more information here.

Museological framings of Islam in Europe.

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

The October Crisis (1962), beyond the dominating narration: Archaeological and anthropological approaches towards the former Soviet missile sites in Cuba. Read about the project in English here and in Spanish here.

Other cluster related projects/groups

Global Heritage Studies Group

Peace and Memory

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.

Page Manager: Jenny Högström Berntson|Last update: 5/10/2017

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