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Authors:Magdalena Hillström: Department of Culture Studies, Linköping University, Sweden
Publication title:Nordiska museet and Skansen: Displays of Floating Nationalities
Conference:Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus, European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:078
Article No.:004
Abstract:This article explores how national narratives were performed and displayed at Nordiska museet and Skansen from late 19th century until the end of the 20th century. It shows how the museum’s national narratives were negotiated and transformed in the wake of new political orientations, from the utopia of “folkhemmet” to contemporary visions of the multi-cultural society. Nordiska museet and Skansen have strongly been associated with successful nationmaking. This notion however tends to suppress a prevailing tension between the museum’s Nordicness and its Swedishness. From very early on Artur Hazelius collected objects from an indecisive Nordic area, including Russia and Germany. After his death in 1901 efforts were made to nationalize Nordiska museet and Skansen. From time to time the museum’s Nordic identity has been mobilized, a story that run parallel with tendencies to reject the museum’s Scandinavianist legacy, a legacy dating back to a period when the contemporary Nordic nationstates were yet not politically or culturally defined.
Language:English
Year:2012
No. of pages:16
Pages:33-48
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/078/004/ecp12078004.pdf
Available:2012-10-30
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Magdalena Hillström (2012). Nordiska museet and Skansen: Displays of Floating Nationalities, Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus, European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=078;article=004 (accessed 9/19/2014)