Conference: Panel at ACHS 2020

Yesterday I held a panel at #ACHS2020 together with Flaminia Bartolini at Cambridge. It was a brief but important discussion about heritage and the politics of nostalgia among far-right groups in Europe. The conversation demonstrated how dangerous the relationship between heritage and the far-right is, due to the conditions, actions, and consequences of their joining. The... Continue Reading →

#EAA2019 sessions on archaeopolitics, authoritarianism and the populist right

Sorted based on the day listed in the preliminary program: Session 69, org. by Catherine Frieman & Daniela Hofmann, Sept. 5, 8.30 - 10.30: Populism, Identity Politics and the Archaeology of Europe: Recent election results, debates and demonstrations leave no doubt: populism is back. History and archaeology are increasingly used to bolster such feelings of... Continue Reading →

Do pro-Europeans have fewer siblings?

Apparently, they do! At least if you consult a study done on behalf of the European Economic Community in 1967-1970, about young people’s feelings towards European unification. I found the study the other day and was surprised by its age. It seems oddly premature seeing as the Community only had six member states when it... Continue Reading →

Archaeology as an elevator pitch

On my first day at the SAA annual meeting in Albuquerque I attended a forum with archaeologists and consultants who work to influence members of congress. Most of the participants worked in Washington and were in positions where lobbying was part of their job. The central question of the forum was: how do we make... Continue Reading →

New paper: The Scandinavian far-right and the new politicisation of heritage

Hot off the press! What do far-right heritage policies actually look like? Mine and Herdis’ first publication in our project on heritage bureaucracies, party-politics and governance.

You can find it at: (just send me an email at if you don’t have access).

Herdis Hølleland

Our new article “The Scandinavian far-right and the new politicisation of heritage” is out in Journal of Social Archaeology.  

Abstract: The past 30 years have witnessed a radical shift in European politics, as new far-right wing parties have entered national parliaments. Driven by discontent, fear and the notion of cultural struggle, they have gradually come to twist the political conversation around their core issues. For many far-right parties, cultural heritage is one such issue. While this ought to put them on the radar of scholars studying heritage politics, the topic of far-right heritage policy remains largely unexplored. This article seeks to ignite this field of enquiry by taking a closer look at what far-right heritage policies actually look like. Focus is set on three Scandinavian far-right parties with seats in national parliaments: the Danish People’s Party, the Progress Party in Norway and the Sweden Democrats. By…

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