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Choosing the Past: Whose stories do we tell?


Humanities and social sciences help form the narratives about our past, present and future. These stories are used actively to shape and preserve memories and identities on both an individual and group level, operating on different scales: They are personal, local, regional, national and global. Although they facilitate the creation of communities, a sense of belonging, and shared interests and values, they can also be excluding: Traditional origin stories of nation states often exclude indigenous people or more recent immigrants and refugees. Narratives are also construct-ed for political purposes, appropriating the past in order to justify political ideologies and actions. The purpose of the workshop is to critically evaluate our roles within the production of these narratives. It aims to ensure early communication and thus cooperation between neighbouring fields that make use of different methods and materials, but nonetheless have similar and overlapping ambitions.

This is a workshop intended for PhD-students.

Contact Frida Espolin Norstein for more information.

Preliminary program:
Monday, May 20 Arrival in Gothenburg
Lunch 13.30-14:00 Introduction and welcome to workshop
14:00-15:00 Keynote by Michael Rowlands"Revisiting 'Whose Heritage': Stuart Hall's work on re-imagining the post-nation"
15:00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-17:00 Discussion
Common dinner

Tuesday, May 21 9:00-10:00 Keynote by Peter Bjerregaard "Embracing the fiction of the past"
10:00-11:00 Discussion
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Keynote by Malin Thor Tureby "Oral history and Narratives as Cultural Heritage"
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Discussion
14.30-15:30 Keynote by Kristian Kristiansen "The popular DNA revolution: the role of genetic genealogies versus cultural genealogies" 15:30-15:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Discussion

Wednesday, May 22
9:00-11:30 Discussion and evaluation
11.30-12-30 Lunch Departure from Gothenburg

The workshop is a collaboration between the Department of Historical Studies and the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Gothenburg and the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and His-tory and the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo. The deadline for registration is Monday 1 April.

To register for the workshop please e-mail Frida Espolin Nor-stein (frida.espolin.norstein@gu.se) with your name, institution, and title of your project. NB: registration is free.

For any further information please contact any of the organizers.: Irmelin Axelsen (irmelin.axelsen@khm.uio.no); Aija Macane (aija.macane@gu.se); Frida Espolin Norstein (frida.espolin.norstein@gu.se); Mncedisi Jabulani Siteleki (m.j.siteleki@iakh.uio.no)

Date & hour: 5/20/2019 at 1:30 PM till 5/22/2019 at 12:30 PM

Categories: Humanities

Organizer: Institutionen för historiska studier

Contact person: Frida Espolin Norstein


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