Housing Heritage seminar

How do objects, places, spaces or practices get a place in ‘the global museum’? This seminar seeks to take advantage of what we as a museum already know and do, as the entire academic staff of the Museum of Cultural History in various ways engages in heritage making; as advisors to the Directorate of Cultural Management, as archaeologists, as keepers of collections, as conservators, as curators, exhibition designers, as magazine administrators, or as anthropologists. To discover our strengths, this seminar represents a first effort to engage in a joint comparative exploration of what such ‘makings’ of cultural heritage, world heritage, museum objects and archaeological objects have in common.

From the world exhibit in London, 1851: Crystal Palace interiors. 

Photo: Wikipedia.

1. Day. Tuesday 3rd of March.

Open lectures for staff at Cultural History Museum, IKOS, SAI and other interested parties.

13.15-14.15 Lecture by Mary Bouquet (30 minutes lecture followed by discussion).

Dr. Mary Bouquet is an old friend of the Cultural History Museum. She is a University Lecturer and Fellow at University College Utrecht. Her teaching and research focus, among other things, on the contemporary uses of historical collections, and processes of museum renovation. She established and coordinates the Cultural Heritage Internship Programme (CHIP) as part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum at University College. She is co-editor, with Howard Morphy (ANU), of the Berghahn series Museums and Collections. She is on the Advisory Board of Center for Museum Studies, University of Oslo. She is on the Editorial Board of Museum Worlds: Advances in Research, a new journal to be launched by Berghahn Books in 2013.

14.30 - 15.30 Lecture by Kevin Hetherington

Professor Hetherington Works at the Open University, UK. He has interest in museum and heritage issues but also to questions of cities, materiality and memory. Spatial theory runs through his work on museums and the past. It also takes in the work of Foucault, Benjamin, The Situationists, Actor-Networks, Michel Serres as well as a range of themes within cultural geography (haunting, the senses, the underdetermined, absent-presence). His ongoing research interest in museums and other sites of public culture, having carried out work in recent years on issues of:access and non-visual understandings of museums and the changing place of the museum in contemporary urban regeneration strategies.

15.45-16.00 Coffee break.

16.00 - 17.00 Lecture by Paul Basu

Paul Basu is a professor of Anthropology and Heritage Studies at University College London. His research interests include spatial history, spatial practice, museums and the history of ethnographic collecting and display, colonial and postcolonial heritage ideology and legislation, museums and development, cultural heritage and civil society strengthening as well as Material culture and migration, homelands and the diasporic imagination. Professor Basu is the editor of Museums, Heritage and International Development (Routledge) and authored 'Exhibition Experiments' With Sharon Mcdonald (2007).


Day 2, Wednesday 4th of March. For Housing Heritage network participants.

09.00 -10.00 Lecture by Mari Lending (30 minutes lecture followed by discussion).

Mari Lending is professor of architectural theory and history, founding member of OCCAS (the Oslo Center for Critical Architectural Studies), and a senior researcher in the research projects Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture (2011–14) and The Printed and the Built (2014–2017). She is currently working on the book Monuments in Flux: Plaster Casts as Mass Medium.

10.00 -10.30 Introduction to the rest of the program by Gro Ween and Håkon Roland.

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-11.15  Brita Brenna (IKOS)

11.15-11.45 Odd Are Berkaak (SAI)

11.45 -12.45 Lunch

12.45-13.15 Jostein Bergstøl

1315-1345 Susan Braovac

13.45-14.15 Geoffrey Gowlland

14.15-14.30 Coffee break.

14.30-15.00 Tone Wang

15.00 - 16.00 General Discussion.


Venue: Foredragssalen, 2nd floor, Cultural History Museum, Fredriks gt. 2.



Gro Ween and Håkon Roland
Tags: Heritage, Social Anthropology, Ethnography, Archaeology, Museology, Cultural History
Published Feb. 18, 2015 2:30 PM - Last modified Feb. 18, 2015 2:30 PM