Heritage, Innovation and Troubled Landscapes (HIT)
Photo: Museum of Cultural History, UiO / Inger Kristine Vasstveit
Objects defined as belonging to a cultural heritage are given new mythical and ideological values as museum pieces. They form part of a larger political and economic picture with a variety of perspectives and interpretations. Museum objects generally represent collective narratives, but also bear witness to individual actions that have violated norms and created new values contrary to established traditions. Innovation is one of the main causes of social change, through the development of new technology and new meeting points between different cultures and religions. Fundamental changes in climate and life circumstances generate a collective need to develop new social and technical strategies in a long-term perspective. New global societies demand free access to refined, interdisciplinary knowledge and the Museum of Cultural History participates in international networks where digital methods adapted to new needs are developed. These new methods enable the development of databases with map-based interfaces and the availability of entire collections on the Internet; this must take place according to the ethical principles for knowledge generation of the humanities and social sciences. The Museum’s collections and research expertise imply that interdisciplinary questions of heritage, innovation and landscape in crisis are natural target areas.