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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
On November 14 I participated in the session "Cultural Heritage, Rights, and Democratic Practice" at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose (CA), a huge conference attended by 6500 scholars. It considered the bond between heritage and rights, i.e. the claims and obligations that link the present and past. Specifically, focus... Continue Reading →
Last month, on October 18, I participated in a panel on Archaeology and Heritage Conservation in Turkey. It was meticulously organized by Christina Luke and Nilgün Öz and held at ANAMED, Koç University. Ironically (considering my critical research on EU heritage policy), or perhaps fittingly, it was sponsored by the Delegation of the EU to Turkey... Continue Reading →
In September the Association of Critical Heritage Studies will hold its 4th Biennial Conference at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Just like the Stockholm symposium I participated in last September, it centers around the very broad theme of heritage and 'borders' (buzzword of the year?) (ACHS 2018). I will give two papers in two different sessions.... Continue Reading →
Last week I participated as a panelist at the final conference of the EU project HEURIGHT, held at University of Trieste in Italy. Focus was set on presenting the results of the project, i.e. the case studies conducted by its participants, which all dealt in some capacity with the legal definitions and regulatory frameworks of the... Continue Reading →
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:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1469605318757340 (just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t have access).
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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On my way to California again after Herdis Hølleland and I co-presented the results of our study on far-right heritage policies in Scandinavia at the conference Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New Directions held at the British Academy in London on October 5th. The conference contained a mixed bag of topics but was well organized overall. Rodney... Continue Reading →