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Inconvenient event on cultural heritage

News: Oct 19, 2018

On October 17th, this year's edition of Heritage Fair (Forum Kulturarv) was organized. Christer Mattsson from The Segerstedts Institute (UGOT) and Sara Mohammad from the Never Forget Pela and Fadime organization (GAPF) spoke on the theme of the event - " inconvenient cultural heritage".

For the second consecutive year, Heritage Academy (Kulturarvsakademin)/Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, arranged the Heritage Fair. The event was held in the House of Norway in Gothenburg and approximately ten exhibitors, including CCHS, and 120 guests attended.

The theme of the day, inconvenient cultural heritage, revolves around history and stories that have a difficulty taking place and become visible in the cultural heritage arena. It also revolves around cultural heritage which contains violations, violence and anti-democratic processes that certain groups want to emphasize.

And this was the subject of the two key note speakers presentations, which was presented by moderator Karl Magnusson, director of the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg and chairman of the Heritage Academy. First to speak was Christer Mattsson, director of The Segerstedt Institute and senior lecturer in education at the University of Gothenburg. His presentation revolved around the memory of the Holocaust and the fact that more and more Swedish people travels to different concentration camps in Europe. His presentation posed questions about what constitutes a memorial site for the Holocaust and how these visits becomes part of the Swedish educational tradition.

The second speaker of the day was Sara Mohammad, founder and president of the National Organization GAPF (Never Forget Pela and Fadime). She spoke on the subject of violence related to guilt society and the culture of guilt society. She spoke about what it is like to live under such oppression, how we deal with it and why this sort of violence continues to occur in Sweden.

Before the day ended, the speakers and moderator Karl Magnusson held a joint discussion on the theme of the day.

Photos by Henrik Kjellberg: Karl Magnusson (top), Christer Mattsson (middle), Sara Mohammad (bottom). 

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