University of Gothenburg
Photo: Staffan Appelgren

Global Heritage Studies

Approaching heritage critically, this research group investigates how heritage intersects with global issues such as identity politics, commemoration of conflict and disasters, or sustainability and climate change. The aim is to develop and support research collaboration within this field in order to build a strong and creative research environment.

About us

This research group investigates heritage from a critical perspective, exploring how contemporary political, economic, social and cultural processes draw on, but also shape and construct, particular configurations of past, present and future.
Research projects linked to the group focus on questions such as:

  • How is the concept of heritage understood, practiced and consumed within different social and cultural contexts?
  • How is heritage implicated in tourism, identity politics, and in relation to rights, property and ownership?
  • How are memory processes, traditions and heritage used in reconciliation processes?
  • How does heritage intersect with other concepts related to time, transition and temporality in challenges such as climate change and the Anthropocene?

The goal of the research group Global Heritage Studies, which is linked to the UGOT Challenges initiative the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and the cluster Making Global Heritage Futures, is to develop and support research collaboration within this field in order to build a strong and creative inter- and transdisciplinary research environment. This is achieved through seminars in which we read key texts, or texts related to participants’ on-going projects or research applications, as well as listen to invited guest speakers.

1 October
12:00-13:00 Pablo Alonzo Gonzalez, IPNA-CSIC (Institute of Natural Products and
Agrobiology): The Heritage Machine: Fetishism and Domination in Maragateria, Spain.
Read the text on this link.

12 November
12:00-13:00 Alida Payson, University of Cardiff: Trash, treasure, welfare, pleasure: the
everyday uses of secondhand charity shops
. Read more about Alida's research on this link.

10 December
12:00-13:00 Ruy Blanes, School of Global Studies: TBA

24 January
12:00-13:00 Veera Kinnunen, University of Lapland: On Multispecies Waste Care.
Link to the blog Intra-Living on the Anthropocene

All events will take place via Zoom on this link, usually 12:00-13:00:

For questions, please contact Anna Bohlin or Staffan Appelgren.

Research projects