Exploring the past and presenting the findings is what the field of Cultural Heritage is committed to, and what the term Cultural Heritage collectively refers to.
A significant part of research in the humanities, the social sciences, the arts and the many specialized disciplines within the field of preservation-conservation may be included here – as well as cultural heritage institutions, third-sector organisations, local history societies, and even projects conducted by the public and the private sector with the aim of raising questions around gentrifying or developing new forms of tourism.
Cultural Heritage is a newly established “area of strength” at the University of Gothenburg and will now serve to act as a new platform for multi disciplinary research. Dynamic meetings of a new kind between museum staff, artists, curators and representatives of interdisciplinary academic research will now be enabled. This area of strength also has unique potential to develop new critical perspectives on contemporary ways of handling collective heritage and memory, be it post-political identity, cultural economy, tourism, religion, and so on and so forth.
The work in the Heritage Studies Group is carried out in high-level multidisciplinary seminars and workshops led by university research staff, post-doctoral fellows and guest researchers. The Heritage Studies Group also funds minor research initiation projects.