Contact person:
Malin Thor Tureby
  • Swedish Research Council
Responsible at Malmö University:
Malin Thor Tureby
Collaborators and other project members:
  • Jesper Johansson - Linnaeus University
Time frame:
01 January 2017 - 31 December 2021
Research subject:

About the project

Archives and museums are not sites of passive curation, but of active decision-making, where the staffs of the memory institutions themselves are constantly involved in processes that shape the materials from which history and cultural heritage are created. Cultural heritage is constructed when different actors decide to consider an artefact or a narrative as cultural heritage to be preserved. Its construction and preservation tie people together in time and space. The process of cultural heritage creation creates a sense of community among people, but retrospectively it also entails a risk of excluding other minorities.

This project investigates how memory institutions contribute to construct and dissolve the boundaries of the Swedish community by including or excluding persons categorized as immigrants in the construction processes of cultural heritage. The study is exploring one Swedish example in empirical detail: the archives of the Nordic Museum and its creation of narrative collections about and with persons positioned as immigrants or ethnic minorities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.