Progam and workshops


A three-day meeting where we want to approach cultural heritage as a potential tool for intercultural dialogue. We want to explore different ways to engage civil society by means of time travel methods, discussing the role of cultural institutions in a diverse society as well as hands on workshops.

Times are 30–35 min talk (extra minutes for questions from moderator and on/off time)


11 September

10.00 Katti Hoflin – VGR

10.15 Isabella Anatole – UNESCO (Video)

10.30 Rasoul Nejadmehr – Intercultural Dialogue

11.00 Coffe

11.20 Ann-Catrin Blind – Laponia

12.00 World heritage watch

12.20 Lunch

13.20 Lejla Hadzic – CHWB

14.00 Hannah Fox – Derby Silk mill

14.30 Coffe

15.00 Christina Thoreld – Lödöse

15.40 Adam Norman – Bridging ages

16.20 Ajay Reddy – GOunesco

17.00 Dinner

12 September

09.30 Intro dag två, workshop och vägen till rätt grupp

10.00 Abhay Adhikari – Who Else?

10.40 Kaffe

11.00 Hernik Zipsane – Jamtli

11.40 lunch

12.40 Arkadiusz Marciniak – Catal Huyuk

13.20 David Barreiro –  Altamira

14.00 Coffe

14.30 Workshops

Tell me a story I can understand – Abhay Adhikari

International cooperation –  Sanna Holmkvist (SWE) 

IKO – Intercultural encounters  – from clash to dialogue Mette Lindgren

Vitlycke museum   – At home – far away 

Rasoul Nejadmehr – To be announced…

17.00 Dinner

13 September

Excursion to Tanum World Heritage

Tanum World Heritage.
Unique rock art at Tanum World Heritage.

The rock carvings in Tanum, in the north of Bohuslän, are a unique artistic achievement not only for their rich and varied motifs (depictions of humans and animals, weapons, boats and other subjects) but also for their cultural and chronological unity. They reveal the life and beliefs of people in Europe during the Bronze Age and are remarkable for their large numbers and outstanding quality. UNESCO


Bridging Ages: In the service of society and its development
Johanna Ejderstedt, International Coordinator, Linda Liljeberg, Curator, Adam Norman, Curator, Educational Department, Kalmar County Museum, Kalmar (Swe)

Why does a Swedish regional heritage museum work with local democracy in Uganda, anti-AFG in Tanzania and xenophobia in South Africa? Through Bridgin Ages´ educational method – The Time Travel Method – we create a safe space for intercultural dialogue and reflection on contemporary issues of today using the local heritage and history. Bridging Ages is an international organization work- ing with Applied Heritage and the Time Travel Method worldwide. We believe that heritage can be used as a recourse in the development of our society today.

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Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB)
Lejla Hadzic (BIH/SWE)

Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) is a Swedish based Organization which started its operations by providing a direct hands-on support to post-war reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) back in 1996. Ever since that period Organization grew. Nowadays, beside Swedish Foundation, Foundations under the same name operate in BiH, Albania and Kosovo. One of its flagship programs in the Balkans is the Regional Restoration Camps (RRC) program. The Regional Restoration Camps (RRC) is a heritage conservation training model. RRC started in the World Heritage Site of Gjirokastra. The model was based on an intimate feeling that cultural heritage is an important ingredient in a process of healing, bringing together, in a process of mending broken relationships, in re-building the broken. After 10 years of engaging with RRC, we learnt that team work, sense of closeness and sense of joint achievement brakes the barrier of hostility and is bringing us together and it gives us space to reconcile, while listening longer and closer.

More on Cultural Heritage without Borders.

Derby Silk Mill Museum
Derby Silk Mill.

Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making Together
Hannah Fox

The Silk Mill is undergoing a process of significant development to create Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making due to open in summer 2020. The project theme “Made by the Makers of Today” is a primary focus for the coming months and years.

The Silk Mill will be offering volunteer co-production opportunitiesthat will excite and challenge everyone, developing our collective skills and enabling to make Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making together.

Hannah Fox is the Project Director for the re-development of Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory, as a new Museum of Making.

The cave of Altamira.

Community, heritage and risk in the museum and cave of Altamira.
David Barreiro, Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Santiago de Compostela (ES)

Between 2012 and 2014, the Incipit coordinated a multidisciplinary study aimed at analysing the social value of the archaeological site of Altamira (Spain) as part of a broader research programme aimed at obtaining data to enable the establishment of a protection status and an access regime to the cave. This programme was also manifest in a detailed plan for preventive conservation, which has been in force at the site since then. One fundamental part of this plan consisted of an exhaustive evaluation of the risks involved. The results obtained from our study on the site’s social value were also integrated into the preventive conservation plan and, of course, we also took part in the risk assessment.

Who else?
Abhay Adhikari, Dhyaan Design

Abhay Adhikari.
Abhay Adhikari captured in a thoughtfull moment.

With the rise and fall of global movements, how can cultural institutions establish their relevance and become platforms for social innovation? The answer to this question lies in figuring out who else, besides our existing communities,is willing to listen us? And how can we learn their rules of engagement? This talk presents examples from cultural and media organisations who’ve been running innovative, digitally-enabled experiments on this theme.

Abhay Adhikari is the founder of Digital Identities – a global programme to develop new models of social impact. The programme has been commissioned by organisations such as the Nesta and Google News Initiative. Abhay also leads the Urban Sustainable Development Lab, which has been named one of UK’s 50 New Radical projects by the Observer newspaper. Since 2015, Abhay has co-produced the Swedish Digital Identities Programme to help cultural institutions develop storytelling projects on gender, sustainability and identity. In partnership with Google News Initiative, Abhay supported 300 journalists from 12 countries to share stories that reached a 100 million people online. In 2019 he launched Culture Labs to foster community-powered social innovation in cities. The first Lab will be held in Bilbao. Abhay has a research background in biofeedback gaming. After completing his PhD, he collaborated with artists to run mindfulness workshops in India, UK and Japan.

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Intercultural dialogue as a tool for decolonising cultural heritage
Rasoul Nejadmehr, developer, Region Västra Götaland

The legacies of colonialism are still at work in contemporary cultural heritage management. The current debates and attempts to overcome colonial past mainly focus on explicit aspects of coloniality in cultural heritage like object being looted on the one hand. On the other hand, they are Eurocentric as they confine themselves to a Western framework of history and heritage, a limited scope which does not embrace the concerns of other parts of the world; it is unbale to shift outlook and see itself in a perspective external to it. Doing intercultural dialogue within this framework falls short on challenging power hierarchies in the present and decolonialise cultural heritages.

In his talk, Rasoul will suggest an alternative approach to interculturality. Instead of focusing on cultural differences, he will address the issue of colonial difference and explore the possibility of challenging coloniality of power. He will also focus on bringing light to implicit values and biases that maintain colonial mindsets in everyday practice of cultural heritages. This is an attempt aimed at decentring the discourse of interculturality and question its Eurocentric perspective, seeing interculturality as inter-perspectival and intersectional framework rather than simply inter-cultural.

Photo from the excavations at Nya Lödöse. Photo by Markus Andersson.
Archaeology in Nya Lödöse.

What lies within a cultural heritage – what makes a place? The hidden stories of Nya Lödöse.
Christina Toreld, archaeologist and educator from Bohusläns Museum, is the project manager of the public archaeology project The city of Nya Lödöse. (SWE)

In the year of 1473, the construction of a new town took place on the riverbanks of Göta Älv, close to the western sea. The lord high chancellor Sten Sture wanted to ensure Sweden´s trade with Holland and avoid paying taxes to the Danish rulers. A year later the town got its name, Nya Lödöse. 150 years later the town lost its purpose and started to fade into oblivion. In the year of 2013, large archaeological excavations started to take place in Gamlestaden (»the Old Town«), close to the river Göta Älv. The municipal council of Gothenburg wanted to revamp Gamle- staden with a new hub for public transport, residential areas, commerce and culture. Five years later the archaeological excavation came to an end. Today, in 2018, a new Gamlestaden rises from the construction dust.

Nya Lödöse in Gamlestaden is a cultural heritage. But how is this cultural heritage perceived? And how is the local community of today involved in its heritage? The place once was a vibrant, bustling merchant´s town. It became an industrial area and a challenge for commuters. It is now being transformed into an attractive residential area and a new identity of the place is being created. Is it possible to incorporate the hidden and invisible 16th century town in the planning of the new place? Can an old town strengthen the identity of a new place and of the people living there? Can archaeology help in participatory actions and function as a meeting point where past meets the present and create future?

The Neolithic settlement in Çatalhöyük.

Community engagements, political agendas and research modalities. The case of the Neolithic settlement in Çatalhöyük.
Arkadiusz Marciniak

The Neolithic settlement at Çatalhöyük is the world heritage site of a global significance that offers unprecedented possibilities for grasping and investi- gating the nature and character of intercultural dialogue involving agendas of a wide range different constituencies. The paper aims at discussing agendas of three major actors present at the site: general public, political groups and scholarly community. It will out- line intertwined and often complicated interrelations among them as well as scrutinize major changes over the past three decades.

Among issues discussed is the paper are: the role of local community members in the production of knowledge about the past, the involvement of guests and visitors, both local, national and international, in presenting the site, the needs and expectations of tourist operators in integrating the site in their commercial offers, the character of intervention of major political and administrative bodies, both local, national and inter- national, as well as an impact of ever-changing research agendas on communicating the site significance. The paper will critically examine different modalities of making Çatalhöyük a tool for inter- cultural dialogue by investigating the power struggle between these different constituencies, resulting in the unbalanced discourse in which the superior groups take over while the inferior ones slide over.

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Laponia World Heritage

Challenges and successes in Laponia World Heritage
Ann Catrin Blind

Since 2013, a local organization called Laponiatjuottjudus has the responsibility to manage the world heritage Laponia, which include 4 national parks and 2 nature reserves in northern Sweden. Normally it is the county admissions that manage the protected areas in Sweden but not in this case. It was a long struggle to get co-management between the authorities, municipalities and the Sami people, it took about 10-15 years. In the area both Sami, Swedes and Finns have been living for generations with different cultures and languages, but with a lot of contact with each other.

Laponiatjuottjudus have to take care to the different cultures (norms and values) when they are managing the area, which can be a challenge many times. Therefor Laponiatjuottjudus have developed new working methodologies that take care to cultural disimilarites and to the different cultures, both when we are working with the local people in the municipalities but also with the staff at the organization.

In this presentation Ann Catrin Blind will give our experience about how to work with intercultural questions in a local area, challenges and successes.

More on Laponia World Heritage.

Activities at Jamtli.
Activities at the Jamtli Museum.

Jamtli – Intercultural Dialogue in Practise
Henrik Zipsane

In the summer 2015 Jamtli Foundation decided that the most urgent issue on the agenda of the museum was intercultural dialogue. It was not new for the museum to work with the issue. As other museums Jamtli museum has been working with themes such as refuge, integration and xenophobia for decades – not least in pedagogical programmes and exhibitions. But Jamtli Foundation saw the exceptional refugee situation in 2015 as the unique chance of maybe a century to do something extraordinary which could kickstart real intercultural dialogue. Three years later in the summer of 2018 some 17 tenants of refugee background with their families are – all in all 42 people – are living at the Jamtli Museum. The presentation will examine the background of the action, the expectations and how it works.

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GOunesco #Makingheritagefun
Ajay Reddy

In his presentation, Ajay Reddy will talk about the why and how of making heritage fun. He will also discuss different approaches of making heritage more interesting, appealing and engaging to diverse audiences. With examples and experiences from his work at GoUNESCO, he will elaborate on some of the methods that can be employed in activating and empowering individuals and organizations into becoming centers of influence on their own.

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World Heritage Watch
Stephan Doempke

Stephan Doempke, born 1955 in Muenster, Germany, studied psychology, cultural anthropology and science of religions in Muenster, Wichita/Kansas and Berlin. Throughout his life he has committed himself to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage, first for indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific. In 1989 he joined the founding team at the House of World Cultures in Berlin, and from 1993-1998 coordinated projects in Russia and Central Asia for the German Nature Conservation Union NABU. He supported the revitalization of felt-making in Kyrgyzstan and was a free-lance consultant before he became UN Programme Coordinator for Culture and Heritage in Albania in 2008, and from 2010-2014 worked as a World Heritage expert in Gjirokastra, Albania. He is the founding chairman of World Heritage Watch, a Berlin-based global network of NGOs monitoring World Heritage.

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Workshop: Tell me a story I can understand
Abhay Adhikari

One of the challenges of telling a story online is not only addressing your audience’s interests but their behaviours as well. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to share stories on complex themes in a relatable manner to encourage meaningful participation from communities online and offline. This framework has been applied in a wide range of settings – from game-based storytelling at the height of the refugee crisis in Sweden to talking about climate change in rural India.

The workshop is run by Abhay Adhikari – founder of Digital Identities – a global programme to develop new models of social impact.

International cooperation –  Sanna Holmkvist (SWE) 

How can we cooperate to make cultural heritage a meeting point and a bridge between cultures for adults? Take the opportunity to learn more about European funding and tools for job shadowing, networking or development projects! The presentation will be followed by »speed dating« when you can test your ideas against funding possibilities in the European programme Erasmus+ Adult and the Nordic programme Nordplus Adult.

IKO – Intercultural encounters  – from clash to dialogue Mette Lindgren

We will define and unfold intercultural competence focusing on intercultural dialogue as a practical andconcrete communication tool in situations where cultural issues are high at stake and can cause conflict (so called hot spots). We will also reflect on why cultural heritage can be such a hot spot and how it possibly can be dealt with.

Vitlycke museum   – At home – far away 
Aleka Karageorgopoulos, Director at Vitlycke museum, with a background from writing and directing, Eva Dal Norlind, Artist, teacher of art and theater with a big interest in peoples creativity, participation and sustainable living, Amani Husein, studying to Nurse at Högskolan Väst.

Tanum was a place where roads converged, and far- away travellers passed by during the Bronze age. Influences from those cultural meetings still echo in both development and stories related to the world heritage of Tanum. The bronze age rock carvings appear today as a world heritage site with strong connections to cultures around the Mediterranean. In the autumn of 2015 numerous groups of immigrating people came to Sweden. As a museum we wanted to be part and take responsibility by creating an arena, not only for us but also for the people who just had left their home for another, where the spoken word could flourish. Through storytelling and experiencing other people’s stories we could see each other, see the differences but also what unites us and make us feel at home again. The Project At home – Far away wanted to investigate what happens when a world heritage site, pre- historical facts and stories meet the art of storytelling, old tales, personally, site specific, traditions from our time and the stories of the newly arrived having just fled their homeland carries with them.

At home – Far away has developed through the years. In this workshop the participants will take part of some of the stories that came to life during our  storytelling sessions, some about the meetings between children who just arrived and children that grew up in the area and spent their whole life’s here. We will also show how easy it could be by simple means, to create your own stories.

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