Dissertation for Ph.D. in conservation.
Title: "Förhandlingar om kulturföremål: Parters intressen och argument i processer om återförande av kulturföremål"
Opponent: Professor Cornelius Holtorf, Department of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar
Chairman: Professor Ola Wetterberg, Department of conservation, University of Gothenburg
Disputes over demands for a return of cultural objects, in many cases museum objects, are well known. But such conflicts can also be seen as negotiations, which can be analyzed as well. This thesis adds a negotiation perspective and by a close scrutiny points out certain factors and arguments which can facilitate a process, cause a blocking, or rescind a blocking.
The aim of this thesis is to highlight the actors' different perspectives in negotiations concerning return of cultural objects, how they argue in a negotiation position and how the process can affect the management of cultural objects.
The specific traits of negotiation processes and what arguments and interests that may be important during the passage of events are examined in two case studies. One case is about the process of the return of medieval ecclesiastical objects from a museum context to two rural churches on Gotland, Sweden. The other study examines the process of negotiating the return of a totem pole from the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm to the people of Haisla First Nation, Canada.
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