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Dilemmas within and without. Inquiring the nexus of Romany cosmopolitanism and national heritage politics

Conference contribution
Authors Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Published in Cosmopolitanism in a Wider Context: Conceptualizing Past and Pre- sent An international conference in Stockholm, 24–26 November 2011 Book of Abstracts
Publisher CBBES, Södertörn Högskola
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Conservation
Language en
Subject categories Human Geography, Cultural Studies


tage politics as it is conducted in contemporary planning and regulation in a Swedish context. Leaving out here other core aspects and effects of heritage politics, the authorized heritage discourse (Smith) never- theless seems to serve and enhance notions of place-bound identity on the spatial scale of the nation. Since heritage, history and memory are core stances for social identity and recognition, notions such as these render invisibility to any vagrant individual, group or social strata. This dilemma has been managed within the heritage discourse in relation to indigenous people, such as the Sami in a Swedish context, but has not yet been discussed in relation to the Romany. The particular history/prehistory of Romany cosmopolitanism and migration into and within Sweden, has hitherto left substantial traces at certain phases within the Swedish public field of social planning as well as within research, but has left only few traces in contemporary notions and perceptions of the Swedish national heritage, weather in scholarly research or in public heritage actions (cf. SOU 2010:55). The paper will bring forth, 1) a historical perspective on the Swedish Romany history up until today, with particular focus on epistemological dilemmas, 2) particular conditions which obstruct any attempts to range Rom- any history into national heritage, to be highlighted through theoretical stances of subalternism (Spivak) and insurgent citizenship (Holston 2009), 3) implications for an extended heritage conception and politics.

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