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CCHS - Centre for Critical Heritage Studies

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies is a multidisciplinary research centre. The purpose of the research is to present alternative and critical interpretations of how we perceive a globalised world. A challenge is therefore to investigate how the past can be used in the present to create the future.

Critical Heritage Studies (CHS) is a growing multi-disciplinary research field that critically examines how our past is mobilised for different purposes. These processes, where the past is mobilised selectively to create new kinds of cultural heritages, can be called cultural heritage processes.

Understand globalisation

Critical Heritage Studies is an academic answer to political, demographical and economical effects of globalisation, where this mobilisation takes place. The centre wants to investigate and understand how this happens, with the intention to present possible alternatives.

CCHS activities are framed in four research areas:

  • Curating the City
  • Embracing the Archives
  • Making Global Heritage Futures
  • Heritage and Wellbeing

The cultural heritage processes are built and pushed forward by a number of players – from grass-root organisations to governments and non-state organisations. They lead to new forms of identities and life styles on a local, regional, national and even an international level. They are an answer to the growing urbanisation and its effects on the rural areas, the consumer society, and their effects the environment, migration and their effects on culture and identity.

Cultural heritage processes challenge

All these processes challenge known values in societies and lead to conflicts about identity, cities and culture – in short they participate in a profound change of the basic social and cultural values where “the past is edited” and filled with new meaning to be used in the present.

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies is a partnership between University of Gothenburg and University College London (UCL).

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