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Heritage and Conflict

This seminar series is currently paused. Updates to come.

The CHS post-docs have for the past years organised a text based seminar series on critical heritage - open to everyone intersted - focusing on different themes. Previous themes have been Heritage and Material Culture, Heritage and Memory and Heritage and Affect (see below for details about texts etc for these seminars). The current series is hosted by current postdoc's Evren Uzer and Feras Hammami, and the theme is Heritage and Conflict.

Through the seminar series we would like to explore conflict theory and use it to understand - but also explain - the different images of conflicts involved in heritage practices.The seminars are open to everyone interested in parttaking in critical reading and discussion of texts related to conflict. The seminar is ambulating and venues shift, while time and day is more or less constant: Tuesdays 12.30-14.00 (Bring your lunchbox!)

If you want to be added to the email list and get access to the seminar's dropbox folder, or if you have questions about the seminar, contact Evren Uzer or Feras Hammami. Details about each seminar will be posted on this site the week before when it is also sent out to the list.

All welcome!

Next seminar: 

Information about next seminar will be updated soon

Past seminars

January 28, 2014

Conflict resolution workshop with Per Herngren

January 14, 2014
HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8 - room 332

In preperation for the conflict resolution workshop with Per Herngren, planned for January 28, we will discuss:

Per Herngren, Path of Resistance: The Practice of Civil Disobedience, specifically the following chapters: introduction, chapter 1 (The path of resistance: about civil disobedience") and chapter 2 ("Community of resistance: about preparations")

Available at:


December 9 (MONDAY) 2013, 12:30-14:00, dept of Conservation, Geovetarcentrum, Lilla konferensrummet: 3071

We will read two texts that are criticizing Chantal Mouffe's On the Political and a wrapping up discussion of the book.
Links to the texts:



December 3 2013, 12:30-14:00, HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8 room 305.

Chantal Mouffe (2005), "Which world order: Cosmopolitan or Multipolar?" (chapter 5) and the Conclusion in On the Political.

November 26 2013, 12:30-14:00. Dep. of Conservation, Guldhedsgatan 5A, Lilla konferensrummet 3071

Chantal Mouffe (2005), "Current Challenges to the Post-Poliitcal Vision" (chapter 4) in On the Political.

November 12 2013, 12:30-14:00, dep. of Conservation, Guldhedsgatan 5A, Lilla konferensrummet 3071.

We will discuss: On the Political, by Chantal Mouffe 2005, Chapters: "Introduction" and Chapter Three.

November 5 2013, 12:30-14.00, HDK, we meet by main entrance

We will discuss: On the Political, by Chantal Mouffe 2005, "Introduction" and Chapter 3- "Beyond the Adversarial Model" 

October 29 2013, 12:30-14:00, HDK (room TBA)
"Introduction" and "Politics and the Political" from On the Political by Chantal Mouffe (2005).

Spring 2013: Heritage and Affect 

April 30, 15:00-16:30, room 332 at HDK (School of Design and Craft)

Nigel Thrift, "Spatialities of feeling" (chapter 8) in Non-representational theory: space, politics, affect

April 9, 15:00-16.30, room C452 at Humanisten

Phil Jones and James Evans, "Rescue Geography: Place Making, Affect and Regeneration" in Urban Studies, 2012 49: 2315

March 19, 15:00-16:30, Room 332 at HDK.

Bennett, Jill (2005), "Insides, Outsides: Trauma, Affect and Art", in Empathic Vision: Trauma, Affect, and Contemporary Art. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

March 12, 15:00-16:30, Room A413 at the School of Global Studies.

Highmore, Ben (2010), "Bitter After Taste: Affect, Food, and Social Aesthetics", in Gregg and Seigworth (eds), The Affect Theory Reader. Durham: Duke University Press.

March 5, cancelled

Feb 26

Ahmed, Sara (2010) "Happy Objects" in Seigworth & Gregg (eds) The Affect Theory Reader. Durham: Duke University Press. email for info

Feb 19

Kozel, Susan (2012) "AffeXity: Performing Affect with Augmented Reality" in The Fibreculture Journal, no 21

Feb 12

Gregory, Kate and Andrea Witcomb (2007) "Beyond nostalgia: the role of affect in generating historical understanding at heritage sites" in Watson, S., S. MacLeod & S. Knell (eds.) Museum Revolutions: How Museums Change and are Changed. London: Routledge (in dropbox folder).

Feb 5

Curti, Giorgio Hadi (2008) "From a wall of bodies to a body of walls: Politics of affect | Politics of memory | Politics of war" in Emotion, Space and Society 1(2):106–118 university library download

Jan 29

Massumi, Brian (1995) "The Autonomy of Affect" in Cultural Critique, 31:83-109. University Library

Jan 22

Navaro Yashin, Yael (2009) "Affective Spaces, Melancholic Objects: Ruination and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge" in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15: 1-18. University Library

Jan 15

Seigworth, G. J. & M. Gregg (2010) "An Inventory of Shimmers" in Seigworth & Gregg (eds) The Affect Theory Reader. Durham: Duke University Press.
Mazzarella, William (2009) "Affect: What is it Good for?" in Saurabh Dube (ed.) Enchantments of Modernity: Empire, Nation, Globalization. London: Routledge.

2012: Material culture, Heritage and Memory 

Dec 18             

Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo (2003) "And". Manchester Papers in Social Anthropology 7

Dec 11

Holbraad, Martin (2011) "Can the Thing Speak". OAC Working Paper Series, no. 7

Nov 27

Grossman, Alyssa "Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues: Common-sense Experiments in Visual Anthropology" (in the Dropbox folder)

Nov 20

Heidegger, Martin (1971) "The Thing" in Poetry, Language, Thought. New York: Harper & Row.
Optional: Ingold, Tim (2007) "Materials Against Materiality" in Archaeological Dialogues 14(1):1-16

Nov 13

Ingold, Tim (2000) "Building, Dwelling, Living" in Perceptions of the Environment. London: Routledge.
Heidegger, Martin (1971) "Building, Dwelling, Thinking" in Poetry, Language, Thought. New York: Harper & Row.

Nov 6

Jarzombek, Mark (2007) "The Cunning of Architecture’s Reason" in Footprint 1:31-46.

Oct 23

The text seminar this week will be given over to the presentation of work-in-progress papers by authors contributing to a special edition of the International Journal of Heritage Studies. Five authors will give short presentations followed by discussion.

Oct 16

Desilvey, Caitlin (2006) "Observed Decay: Telling Stories with Mutable Things" in Journal of Material Culture 11(3):317-337.

Oct 2

Maurstad, Anita (2012) "Cod, Curtains, Planes and Experts: Relational Materialities in the Museum" in Journal of Material Culture. 17(2):173-189. Avialable through the university library.
Inglod, Tim (2011) "When ANT meets SPIDER: Social Theory for Arthropods" in Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. Abingdon: Routledge. Available through the Dropbox folder. Email Staffan Appelgren if you need an invite.

Sept 25

Barad, Karen (2011) "Nature’s Queer Performativity" in Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences. 19(2):121-158

Sept 18

Barad, Karen (2003) "Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter" in Signs 28(3):801-831. downloadable from the University Library: Signs

Sept 4

Malafouris, Lambros & Colin Renfrew (2000) "The Cognitive Life of Things: Archaeology, Material Engagement and the Extended Mind" in Malafouris L & Renfrew C (eds) The Cognitive Life of Things: Recasting the Boundaries of the Mind. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

Aug 28

Miller, Daniel (2009) "Theories of Things" in Stuff. Cambridge: Polity Press. (email Staffan Appelgren for text).

May 29

Pre-conference seminar. Bring your conference presentation and present a short version of it for discussion.

May 24

Valdimar Tr. Hafstein: "The Condor’s Flight: A Letter, a Song, a Story, and a Couple of Lessons about Intangible Heritage", unpublished

May 22

Connerton, Paul (1989) "Bodily Practices" in How Societies Remember. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, downloadable via the university library

May 15

Augé, Marc (2004) "Life as a Narrative", "The Three Figures of Oblivion" and "A Duty to Forget" in Oblivion. University of Minnesota Press (email Staffan Appelgren for text).

May 8

Augé, Marc (2004) "Memory and Oblivion" in Oblivion. University of Minnesota Press
Eco, Umberto (1988) "An Ars Oblivionalis? Forget It!" in PMLA, 103(3):254-261, downloadable via the university library 

April 27

Lundén, Staffan "Introduction" in Loot, ownership, art and knowledge. The making of Benin objects, Edo traditions and Western progress at the British Museum. dissertation (e-mail Staffan Lundén for text).

April 17

Gable, Eric and Richard Handler (2008) "Forget Culture, Remember Memory?" in MW Huber (eds) Museums and Memory. Knoxwille: Newfound Press.

April 10

Connerton, Paul (2008) "Seven Types of Forgetting" in Memory Studies 1(1):59-71, downloadable via the university library

April 3

Assmann, Aleida (2007) "Europe: A Community of Memory?" in Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, 40:11-25


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