Narrative and/as Heritage - A Heritage Transformations workshop

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Observatorieparken Room Cassiopeia, Old Observatory, Kyrkogårdsgatan 8A and Zoom.
  • Lecturer: Milan Vukasinovic
  • Organiser: Research network Heritage transformations and Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS)
  • Contact person: Johanna Larsson
  • Seminarium

Workshop around Nigel Walter’s 2020 book Narrative Theory in Conservation: Change and Living Buildings,

Nigel Walter’s 2020 book Narrative Theory in Conservation: Change and Living Buildings seemed promising for my work inside the Heritage Transformations network, since it proclaimed to use narrative theory to interpret living built heritage and its modifications. For this workshop, we will read the most cringe chapter of this book, together with a very short introductory chapter to Narrative Theory and a short presentation of Daredevils of Sassoun, a medieval Armenian epic.

I would like to inverse the usual seminar structure. I would first like to hear your thoughts on Walter’s theses. I would then respond to your reactions and present my thoughts on possibilities of narrative as methodology for heritage transformation versus narrative as transformable object of heritage studies. Do you think the same phenomenon can serve as both method and object of study? Do you have any examples from your disciplines? If you have to prioritize between the texts, do not read the introduction to Daredevils of Sassoun, but read instead the UNESCO page dedicated to it as an intangible world heritage.

To receive the required readings and facilitate fika planning, please sign up for the seminar at