Chair on Heritage Futures

“What Does It Mean to Decolonize Heritage?” in SAPIENS magazine


At the anthropology magazine SAPIENS, UNESCO Chair postdoctoral fellow Annalisa Bolin and David Nkusi, a heritage sites protection specialist at Rwanda Cultural Heritage Academy, write about their research in Nyanza District, a rural area of Rwanda. They examine the relationship between local communities and heritage resources in light of discussions about how to decolonize heritage management globally: “We need to be trusted with a sense of responsibility in the management of our heritage,” local leaders argued in the research, drawing on Rwandan philosophies of agaciro and kwigira (dignity and self-reliance). For more, visit SAPIENS here

Knowledge Cube

Knowledge Cube

Knowledge Cube exhibit: ‘Back to the Future’, UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University

What can we know about the future? What or what different futures do we preserve cultural heritage for? How do we communicate with future generations?

These and other questions about how we communicate who we are and what we do are addressed in the exhibition Back to the Future in the Knowledge Cube at the University Library in Växjö. The basis of the exhibition is the research conducted within the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures, which was established at Linnaeus University in 2017.

Topics include world heritage and Öland2050, long-term communication on nuclear waste disposal sites, the Voyager space message, the picture book WOW! The Future is Calling! and the colouring book Archaeology Today.

The team of the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures is presented too. 

The exhibition opened on 4 October at 14.30 in Växjö by Cornelia Witthöft, our Deputy Vice Chancellor for research. 

The exhibition runs until spring 2022. 

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Exhibit: Back to the Future on the opening 4 October 2021, Knowledge Cube at the University Library in Växjö. From left: Kerstin Brodén, Tina Dahlgren, Cornelius Holtorf, Sofie Tunbrant, Helena Rydén, Cornelia Witthöft, Emma Rydnér.