Heritage and Migration – New Methods and Historical Contexts

Welcome to this international conference at the Stockholm City Museum 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 borders as heritage? How can migration be understood as a form of cultural heritage? How can cultural heritage professionals enhance their expertise in relation to migration? The conference programme interweaves theoretical analysis and practice based knowledge, and invites the heritage and museum sector to active participation in panel debates and group discussions.

The programme includes keynotes Dan Hicks, Oxford University and Pitt Rivers Museum, Hester Dibbits, Reinwardts Academy, Jan Storå, Stockholm University, and Marit Myrvoll, Várdobáiki Museum. Further participants are Fataneh Farahani, Stockholm University, Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University, Lizette Gradén, Lund University and Kulturen’s Museum, Amelie Tham, Fisksätra Museum, Saadia Hussain, Multicultural Centre, Michael Barrett, Swedish Museums of World Culture, Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius, Institute for Language and Folklore, Netsereab Andom, University of Khartoum, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, College of Arts, Craft and Design and Royal Institute of Technology, Ulrika Flink, Settings and Konstfrämjandet, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Stockholm University of the Arts – and the newly established National Black Theatre of Sweden reanimates archive materials as a performance. Melody Farshin will be our moderator.

To the conference programme

Conference Fee

Fee        1 200 SEK incl. VAT (Student 500 SEK incl. VAT)
Dinner     440 SEK incl. VAT

The price includes coffees and lunches Wednesday–Thursday, and a Guided Museum Tour on Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday evening, you are welcome to a dinner at the Grillska House (with an extra fee).


Registration is available here, along with detailed information about the venue. The registration is open until Monday 29 April. Please note that the number of seats is limited.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Stockholm!


In Swedish: Konferensen hålls på engelska. Information om konferensen på svenska hittar du här.