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Podcast series Inside the Box - things and people in a globalized world

What's hiding in the box? How can it teach us something about our world?

In September 2019 a new live podcast was launched by the Museum of World Culture and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies: Inside the Box - things and people in a globalized world. The series focus different issues in heritage - current discourses and research.

Inside the box is a conversation series produced as a podcast. Hosting the series during 2019 was the cultural writer Johanna Lundin who, together with researchers, writers, curators and artists, finds out what is "inside the box". During 2020 the series will be hosted by Helen Arfvidsson, social antropologist and curator at the Museum of World culture.

Please notice that most of the conversations will be in Swedish.

Location: Museum of World Culture, Södravägen 54, Gothenburg
Free entrance. Limited number of seats. No pre-registration.

Inside the Box is produced by Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS), the Museum of World Culture and Folkuniversitetet.

The podcast is available here and also on Itunes, Podcaster, Spotify etc.


Listen to "Inside the Box - en livepodd" on Spreaker.


Inside the Box: Program for Spring 2020

In the spring of 2020, six new episodes of the series Inside the Box will raise new exciting themes.

This year the discussions will be moderated by Helen Arfvidsson (social anthropologist and curator at the Museum of World Culture), who together with researchers, writers, museum staff and artists will find out what is “inside the box”.

Why is the Wiphala burning?
Thursday, February 27, 2pm-3pm
The Wiphala flag symbolizes the struggle of the Latin American indigenous peoples. But it is disputed and provocative. In the news from Chile and Bolivia we can read about how it unites people, but also how it is burned. Social anthropologist Anders Burman, Erika Ticona, anthropologist, textile artist and activist, and Adriana Muñoz, archaeologist and curator of the Museum of World Culture, discuss this and the heritage connected to this symbol.

Chilly expeditions
Thursday, March 12, 2pm-3pm
Expeditions to the Antarctic or the Arctic. This can inspire us to dream of adventure. But what was it like? Who traveled and why? What traces did the expeditions leave behind? And how do we describe the expeditions today? Meet archaeologist Jonathan Westin and Andrea Castro, professor in Spanish, who will all give different insights into expeditions as phenomenon.

Congo - who owns the country's history? OBS! CANCELLED - new date to be announced
Thursday, March 26, 2pm-3pm
There are many items from Congo in Swedish museum collections. What stories does these items tell? How can texts, pictures and objects reveal a different story than the one we think we know? What do we do with the realization that "we own their history"? Meet Pia Lundqvist, historian, Josef Nsumbu, Pastor in Uniting Church in Sweden (Equmeniakyrkan) and Th.D. in Missiology, Michael Barrett, curator of the Ethnographic Museum and Cecilia Järdemar, artist in a talk on Congolese cultural heritage.

The Paracas textiles OBS! CANCELLED - new date to be announced
Thursday, April 9, 2pm-3pm
The textiles are 2,500 years old, in very good condition and used as a sweep for the dead, who were seated in baskets wrapped in additional layers of textiles and placed in burial chambers. We talk breathtaking time perspectives, eternity and perishability with the textile conservator Anna Javér, textile scientist Cecilia Candreus and Bodil Jönsson, physicist and philosopher of time.

Hiking, Japanese forest baths and forest walks on prescription OBS! CANCELLED - new date to be announced
Thursday, April 23, 3:30pm-4:30pm 
Starting off with the tree of life from Mexico, we take on the discussion of heritage and movement and the health-promoting effects of nature. We talk about wellbeing, forest bathing and the relationship between people and trees together with historian Daniel Svensson and Eva Sahlin, PhD in environmental psychology.

Superfood, food culture as activism
Thursday, May 7, 2pm-3pm
Grounded mummy or goji berries? How have we thought about health promoting food through the ages? What food has been political? We have invited food researcher Richard Tellström and Egyptologist Sofia Häggman to talk about something that is close to our hearts - food!


Program 2019

Egypt, mummies and scarabs

September 5, 2019, 2m - 3pm

Surely Egypt, mummies and scarabs attract the imagination and create cinematic images in your mind? But what is it like to dig up human remains? We discuss the idea of the "Indiana Jones archeologist", ethics and reverence with Maria Nilsson, a Swedish archaeologist known from the National Geographic Channel and head of the Gebel el Silsila archaeological project, Monica Gustafsson from the Heritage Academy (CCHS)/Västarvet who handles questions about human remains in Swedish museums, and Sofia Häggman, Egyptologist and curator at the Museum of Mediterranean and Near East Antiquities.

Who are you? DNA and heritage

Sep 19, 2019, 2pm - 3pm

Checking your roots with a DNA test is becoming more common. But what do we do when we test our DNA? What does it tell us about our heritage and why do we need to know? We take a closer look at the phenomenon with author and science journalist Karin Bojs and Kristian Kristiansen, professor in archaeology at the University of Gothenburg.

"Then Japan has ceased to be Japan"

October 3, 2019, 2pm - 3pm

Film, fashion, food and lifestyle. There is a great interest in Japan and its cultural expressions in the West. What fascinates and what happens when we adopt Japanese culture? We delve deep into the phenomenon of Japonism and the tea ceremony Chanoyu together with Thomas Ekholm, Doctor of Japanese History and Japan curator Petra Holmberg, Museum of World Culture.

Benin objects in museums

October 17, 2019, 2pm - 3pm

At least 2,000 items from Benin in Nigeria can be found at European and American museums. Almost every single one deriving from the British looting of Benin City in 1897. Should we return these heritage objects? We discuss ethics, power and law together with Staffan Lundén, doctor of archeology at the University of Gothenburg and Michael Barrett, curator at the national Museums of World Culture.

Sami myths in art and the struggle for rights

October 31, 2019, 2pm - 3pm

For forty years she has embroidered her images. Stitches for stitches telling us about the starry sky and reindeers, about abuse and rebellion. We discuss the Sami cultural heritage with the artist Britta Marakatt-Labba and the artist duo Cooper & Gorfer, who together have depicted the Sami culture focusing on women in the exhibition Interruptions.


All events can be found via CCHS calendar.


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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-14