Maria Persson


Department of Historical
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Maria Persson

My main areas of research are Archaeology of the Recent Past, Modern Conflict Archaeology, Heritage studies, Heritage tourism and Public Archaeology.

Current position

I am the program coordinator for the Cultural Heritage Program. Also, I teach at the unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (PIL) at GU. I am course coordinator for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2: Subject Field Pedagogy (PIL102) and supervisor for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 3: Applied Analysis (PIL103).

From 2023 I work in the Erasmus+ research project TEHIC - Towards a European Heritage Interpretation Curriculum.

Background and research projects

I completed my PhD at the University of Gothenburg in 2014. The scope of my doctoral thesis was to problematise archaeology of the recent past as a field of research with emphasis on the development of methodology and the public potential that is inherent in this perspective.

In my post doc project in Heritage studies 2016-2017 Neutral heritage? Materiality of World War Two in Sweden I investigated how World War II was manifested and materialized in the Swedish landscape. The remains in focus was bunkers and war graves, which were considered from both an archaeological and a critical heritage perspective.

During 2018-2021 I worked as a reseacher in the ERASMUS+ project Exploring European Cultural Heritage for fostering academic teaching and social responsibility in Higher Education. The aim of the project was to indicate how higher education can more effectively use the resources of cultural heritage and to promote its educational and social value.

2020-2022 I worked in the research project Knowledge tourism as attraction and resource (link below). The purpose of the project was to explore, establish and demonstrate the potential for knowledge tourism and science tourism. The project contributed to theory and concept development of knowledge tourism and science tourism by exploring opportunities and barriers to knowledge mediation and consumption, and by considering knowledge tourism as a resource for sustainable destination development through co-creation between tourism actors.