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JPI-CH/SNHB INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Heritage and Migration – New Methods and Historical Contexts 15th & 16th May 2019


International conference at the Stockholm City Museum

15–16 May 2019

The conference Heritage and Migration: New Methods and Historical Contexts addressed migration as 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.

How is cultural heritage linked to these processes? The conference elucidated and complicated relations between cultural heritage and migration – from new methods within local heritage practices to historical and global contexts. It discussed issues such as: 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 programme interlinked theoretical analysis and practice based knowledge, as well as academic and artistic ways of working. It presented keynotes, panel debates, group discussions, a museum tour, and a live performance.

The conference demonstrated that dialogue across various knowledge fields brings forth productive discussions potentials to advance the approach to migration within the heritage sector. It sparked creative and innovative conversations, and new collaborative research projects were taking shape. Co-creation between heritage professionals and people with migrant backgrounds, interlinked with increased criticality and awareness of positionality, was emphasized as necessary paths towards inclusive and dynamic futures.

Heritage and Migration was initiated within the European research collaboration Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH), and coordinated by the Swedish National Heritage Board (SNHB) in alignment with the JPI focus on strengthening research and innovation that address global challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals.

A conference report will be available here in August.

Link to the conference website