Heritage and Migration – New Methods and Historical Contexts

Welcome to this international conference in Stockholm 15–16 May 2019, organised by the Swedish National Heritage Board in collaboration with the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change.

Migration is an urgent global concern. As a social and historical phenomenon, migration can be understood as an aspect of the human condition. Transnational migration has intensified in recent years, and researchers claim that climate change will cause further escalation. Simultaneously, the construction of separating walls increases globally, and the requirements for crossing borders legally have risen dramatically and unequally.

Interweaving theory and practice

How is cultural heritage linked to these processes? This conference will elucidate and complicate relations between cultural heritage and migration – from new methods within local integration practices to historical and global contexts. How does migration relate to notions of place, home and memory as heritage? Can migration be understood as a form of cultural heritage? How does socioeconomic status effect definitions of heritage and migration? The programme interweaves theoretical analysis and practice based knowledge, and invites the heritage and museum sector to active participation in panel debates and group discussions.

You will meet keynotes Dan Hicks, Oxford University and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Hester Dibbits, Reinwardts Academy, and Jan Storå, Uppsala University. Further contributors are Michael Barrett, the Swedish Museums of World Culture, Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius, the Institute for Language and Folklore, Tekalign Ayalew, Addis Ababa University and Stockholm University, Fataneh Farahani, Stockholm University, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, College of Arts, Craft and Design and Royal Institute of Technology, Amelie Tham, Fisksätra Museum, Lizette Gradén, Lund University and Kulturen’s Museum, National Black Theatre of Sweden and other speakers to be confirmed.

Book your calendar now!

The programme, detailed information about the venue, fee and how to register will shortly be accessible at this site. We look forward to seeing many of you in Stockholm!