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Cultural Heritage, Image and Narrative

In recent decades, ‘cultural heritage’ has emerged as one of the key concepts of critical cultural study in the 21st century. This research profile examines how engagement with heritage and archival materials, especially in oral, corporeal and visual form, impacts on knowledge production and the formation and articulation of individual and collective identity, memory, cultural values and power relations. Building on interdisciplinary engagements at the Department of Cultural Sciences and the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies we explore democratic issues pertaining to cultural heritage. This comprises cultural expressions in a wide range of material and intangible cultural heritage, from everyday routines and traditions to re-consumption. In particular the research profile will investigate how images, narratives, life stories and archives can enable people to understand themselves, their communities, their contexts, their pasts, their aspirations and their futures in new and constructive fashions.

Recent publications include:
• Summer life, memories, dreams and materiality have been the research field for a project group with members from different universities, archives and museums in the north of Europe. They have analyzed narratives, life stories and materiality in perspective of cultural heritage with focus on summer houses, caravans and boats during 1950-2015. The case studies were made in Sweden, Denmark and Finland with ethnological, art historical, ethno geographical approaches. The scholars from Germany have given attention to reasons for German people to visit Sweden during summertime. The results are published in the anthology Sommarliv. Minnen, drömmar och materialitet, edited by Kerstin Gunnemark (2016) .

Dream-Playing Across Borders: Accessing the Non-texts of Strindberg’s A Dream Play in Düsseldorf 1915–18 and Beyond, edited by Astrid von Rosen (2016). Looking into the interplay of music, bodies, fashion, dance, scenography and dreams the seven contributors formulate innovative ways of engaging with in particular the non-text based heritage and archive, through a drama concerned with human suffering, hope and transformation, issues highly relevant today.

Examples of ongoing projects:
• A study of an old district with small houses gives attentions to inhabitants’ narrations and reflections from a democratic cultural-heritage perspective. This case study concerns a district where many working-class families settled down in the beginning of the 20th century, and where generation changes have resulted in different kinds of transformations up to recent days which also give perspectives of cultural heritage. This research project is organized in co-operation with the Institute of Language and Folklore in Gothenburg (see www.sofi.se). Project leader: Kerstin Gunnemark.

• The mobility project Dance Archives and Digital Participation aims to find new ways to make a marginalized dance heritage visible, thereby contributing to social diversity. The goal of the project is, through participatory research, to contribute to creating innovative digital solutions for how dance groups can better be represented in archives. Collaborators include dance groups, the Gothenburg Museum, Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, and Centre for Digital Humanities. Project leader: Astrid von Rosen.

We welcome scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields from within and outside of the university. If you are interested in our approaches to cultural heritage, our seminar program or have other issues to share and discuss, please feel free to contact us.
Kerstin Gunnemark: kerstin.gunnemark@ethnology.gu.se
Astrid von Rosen: astrid.von.rosen@arthist.gu.se



Contact Information

Kerstin Gunnemark

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, room 2262

+46-(0)31-786 1968

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