Boat on land. Photo: Anna Källén

Recent political developments in the world call for new conceptualizations of cultural heritage. A dramatic increase in the mobility of people and heritage objects across Europe and around the world has revealed gaps, flaws and insufficiencies in a view of heritage as stable, homogenous, and site-bound. New conceptions of heritage are called for, conceptions which can accommodate diversity, transnational identities, and refugee experiences.   

The Swedish Ministry of Culture is soon proposing a new ‘inclusive’ heritage politics with ‘room for different perspectives on history’, based on the premise that ‘our common heritage is in constant movement and is shaped by people together’. But to what extent is this view compatible with the existing national and international institutions, structures and regulations for heritage management and heritage consumption? How deep goes the traditional static, site- and nation-bound concept of heritage? How are ideas of stability and homogeneity manifested in common conceptions of heritage? What changes are required to instead privilege movement, diversity, and sharing? Could a reframing of heritage as movement break up ideas of essential bounded cultural units, and allow heritage to be a vehicle for intercultural respect and tolerance?

With examples and experiences from across the world, six leading heritage scholars explore how Critical Heritage Studies can provide a wider framework and deeper analysis of the possibility to reframe heritage as movement. The first day of the conference, 26 Sept, is open for researchers, students, and professionals interested in issues of heritage as movement, with an expected number of around 100 participants. In combination with the international group, there is an internal and interdisciplinary reference group of scholars from within Stockholms University supporting the conference.


Welcome address: Anna Källén
Lecture: Helaine Silverman
Lecture: Ali Mozaffari
Lecture: Jiat Hwee Chang
Lecture: Siân Jones
Lecture: Valdimar Tr. Hafstein
Lecture: Tim Winter
Panel discussion: Reframing Heritage as Movement

The speakers of the open day (26 Sept), and the titles of the presentations, are:

Please click on the links below to read the abstracts. 

New registrations will be put on a waiting list

Do you want to join the conference on the day of open lectures? Please register with Ida Hughes Tidlund, coordinator, at Please note: Due to high interest, all new registrations will be put on a waiting list. Email Ida Hughes Tidlund for questions or more information.

For questions regarding program and contents, please contact the conference chair Anna Källén, at