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From Corona Crisis to Heritage Futures

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

A virus has put the world on hold. Many individual human actions suddenly appear extremely small and insignificant in comparison with the unyielding might and relentless spread with which the SARS-CoV-2 virus is presently conquering Earth.

It is not surprising that many have started asking about the legacy that the ‘corona crisis’ of 2020 is going to leave behind for the years and perhaps for decades to come. Seldom have the relations between present and future societies felt more relevant than during the present weeks.

Read a commentary on the “corona crisis” from the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures. — Do we need a new kind of world heritage for the post-corona world?


Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Coronakrisen har gjort att många tänker lite mer på framtiden i dessa dagar. Alla våra egna planer har ändrats, många har tappat inkomster, vissa har inget jobb att återvända till, några har förlorat en anhörig eller vän.

Men hur har historien i stort påverkats? Vilka är konsekvenserna för kulturmiljön? Hur spelar Coronakrisen ihop med andra pågående förändringsprocesser så som klimatkrisen, urbanisering och den snabba digitala utvecklingen?

Och vad innebär förändring för ett Unesco världsarv som ska bevaras för framtiden lite extra?

I det här projektet har vi tagit fasta på år 2050 och visualiserat fem olika framtidsbilder som spekulerar hur världsarvet Södra Ölands odlingslandskap skulle kunna se ut då.

Hur kan framtiden se ut för ett odlingslandskap som befinner sig i kontinuerlig förändring? Vilken roll kan världsarvet spela i en framtid som på flera sätt inte liknar vår egen tid?

Öland 2050

Ett samarbete mellan Linnéuniversitetets Unescoprofessur i Heritage Futures och Mörbylånga kommun. En utställning kommer att resa runt Öland.

Projektgrupp: Daniel Lindskog (grafik), Gustav Wollentz (informationshämtning och text), Cornelius Holtorf (ledning)

Tack till Urban Ekstam, Birgitta Eriksson, Susanne Forslund, Roger Gustafsson, Anne Hamrin Simonsson, Niklas Holmgren, Pär Holmgren, Dave Karlsson, Rebecka Le Moine, Emma Rydnér och Ebbe Westergren. 





Walk’n’Talk with Ulrikke Voss

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Here are two great sessions in which Cornelius Holtorf (about cultural heritage and heritage futures) and Annalisa Bolin (about identity-making and repatriation) walk & talk to Ulrikke Voss  (recorded on 20/21 Feb 2020)!


Professionell beredskap för framtiden

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Att vara professionellt förberedd för framtiden liksom att visa global solidaritet är viktigare än någonsin i den nödsituation som världen befinner sig i just nu som följd av covid-19 pandemin. I veckan möttes Sveriges Unescoprofessorer med Svenska Unescorådet och diskuterade samarbete. Tillsammans forskar de om yttrandefrihet, utbildning för hållbar utveckling och globalt kapacitetsbyggande inom många områden.

Läs mer här.

UNESCO Chairs meet on Zoom

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

On 1 April, five of the eight Swedish UNESCO Chairs and Fanny Davidsson of the Swedish UNESCO Commission met on Zoom.

We agreed to have regular meetings to enhance collaboration between UNESCO Sweden and our Universities.

At a time of national crises around the world we need to strengthen every possible voice of global collaboration and solidarity! The current crisis does not only affect health care and the economy but even ways of communication, structures in global education and cultural values in peoples’ lives – these are the realms of UNESCO and they require responses in a UNESCO context.

It was agreed during the meeting that the planned UNESCO Day at Linnaeus University will be held during the autumn of 2020.

Various activities January – March 2020

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Cornelius Holtorf met in Växjö with Professor Ou Rong, Dean of the School of International Studies at Hangzhou Normal University, China, to discuss a variety of possibilities for future research collaboration (10 January 2020).

Annalisa Bolin presented a research seminar on “The Heritage Politics of Post-Genocide Rwanda”, with ca 25 researchers of the Department of Cultural Sciences at Linnaeus University attending (21 Jan 2020).

Claudio Pescatore presented a research seminar on “At the confluence of archaeology, history and sustainable development: millennial time capsules”, with 16 researchers of the Department of Cultural Sciences at Linnaeus University attending (21 Jan 2020).

Sarah May presented a research seminar on “Toxic Heritage and Community Futures: Contamination and regeneration in South Wales”, with 18 researchers of the Department of Cultural Sciences at Linnaeus University attending (22 Jan 2020).

Cornelius Holtorf lectured on “UNESCO and World Heritage: communication with the future” to ca 10 undergraduate students in Heritage Studies at Linnaeus University (31 January 2020).

Cornelius Holtorf presented a keynote lecture entitled “Sustainable Futures for Heritage?” and participated in a subsequent topical panel debate, for the more than 60 participants at the Annual Spring Conference of the Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity (NCK), this time dedicated to the topic Shaping Sustainable Futures through Heritage in Östersund, Sweden (12 February 2020).

Cornelius Holtorf met in Paris with staff of the Swedish Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and the OECD to discuss current projects and identify matters of shared interest (4 March 2020).

Cornelius Holtorf took part in an expert meeting on “Developing Methodologies for Integrated Governance to Protect Cultural Heritage” held at ICOMOS Headquarters, Paris (5-6 March 2020).

Cornelius Holtorf contributed to the Consultation of the Governing Bodies of the World Heritage Convention on the UNESCO Medium Term Strategy 2022-2029 by submitting suggestions of priorities to the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO (10 March 2020).

What does the future hold for heritage?

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Cornelius Holtorf gave a Prezi presentation on “Heritage Futures: What does the future hold for heritage?” for the Global Webinar Series of the ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group (29 March 2020).

The Zoom session reached very quickly the maximum number of 100 participants, with another 134 queuing to come in. Participants joined from all regions of the world, many confined to their homes due to measures to slow down the spread of covid-19.

Among the topics addressed in the lecture and the subsequent discussion were:

  • What does it mean to address Heritage Futures?
  • Is the future relevant to heritage?
  • Is the future knowable at all?
  • What are the needs of future generations?
  • Are we already addressing the future?
  • What is the potential of heritage in a post-corona world?

The presentation concluded by stating that heritage can have a bright future to the extent that it competently contributes to meeting the needs of future societies.

A recording of the entire session is available here. A look back at the event is available on the ICOMOS site.

Archaeology Today

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Here is something for all of you to enjoy in a dark period:

Archaeology Today. By Cornelius Holtorf (text) and Daniel Lindskog (drawings).

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This colouring book illustrates how archaeologists are working today applying new approaches. It was published by the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University. Thanks to Riksbanken Jubileumsfond for support!

Heritage and COVID-19

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

The people I meet no longer shake hands to greet but they invent or adopt all sorts of new forms of greetings: with elbows, feet or by folding hands in front of their bodies. My colleague Eva Cronquist made me aware that, curiously, these for us unusual gestures make the greeting more intense – and warmer.

We learn from that that in times of crisis it is not difficult for anybody to adapt even some of the most established habits and traditions (our cultural heritage!). And especially: to make such a shift is a gift not a sacrifice.

Welcome to UNESCO Day in Växjö!

Monday, March 9th, 2020

UPDATE 17 March: due to the Covid-19 pandemic we will hold this event during the autumn instead.

Welcome to a UNESCO Day on 1 April 2020 at Linnaeus University in Växjö. On this unique day, the Swedish UNESCO Chairs together with representatives of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO will report about their current activities and priorities for the future.

The program includes a Welcome by Peter Aronsson after which Lena Sommestad, Chairperson of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, and the Swedish UNESCO Chairs will present their current work.

In the afternoon, two open lectures will take place where the Chairs are given the opportunity to meet colleagues and students in their respective fields. See here for the full programm.

The programme is open to staff and students at Linnaeus University. Participation is free of charge, but signing up is compulsory to the programme in the morning. Sign up by March 25!