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Authors:Johan Hegardt: National Historical Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Publication title:Narrating a (New) Nation? Temporary exhibitions at the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm; Sweden between 1990 and 2009
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.:030
Abstract:Heritage management and many cultural historical museums in Sweden have had problems adjusting to Sweden becoming a multicultural society in the late 20th century. This is so because such institutions have been and still are a part of the nation-state and its master narratives. However; in the years between 1990 and 2010 the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm; Sweden; tried to address this issue in parts of the museum’s temporal exhibitions.

Adjusting to Sweden being a multicultural society would mean that the narratives expressed by the museum should have changed from what I would like to call a ”nation-narration” to something that might be expressed as ”non-nation-narration”. The outcome of this study shows that the museum did for a short period shift focus in its temporal exhibitions from ”nationnarration” to other forms of narratives that did not focus on the Swedish nation-state and its history. This was done explicitly to adjust to the shift in the society from what was believed to be a homogenous society to a multicultural society in a global and postcolonial world. But this was a short period in the history of the museum. Today and under pressure in a commercialised and on adventures based society the museum has again turned to the historical master narratives of the Swedish nation-state.

Language:English
Year:2012
No. of pages:16
Pages:489-504
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/078/030/ecp12078030.pdf
Available:2012-10-30
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Johan Hegardt (2012). Narrating a (New) Nation? Temporary exhibitions at the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm; Sweden between 1990 and 2009, 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=030 (accessed 11/26/2014)