Sustainable Heritage Seminar

En av SuHRFs verksamheter är den seminarieserie - Sustainable Heritage Seminar - där forumets gästforskare och övriga forskare kopplade till forumet presenterar ny och pågående forskning. Seminariet är på så vis också den plats där forskare, studenter och aktörer inom organisationer och myndigheter utanför universitetet möts, inspireras och diskuterar nya rön, kunskapsbehov och möjliga forskningssamarbeten inom kulturvård och hållbar utveckling. Målet är att SuHRF organiserar ett seminarium per månad.

 Guest lecture by prof. Alexandra Troi

Date and time:18 August, 13-14. Zoom: Also at room B24 CG

Alexandra Troi is professor at Hochschule Coburg in Germany and her teaching and research is about energy efficiency and building physics in historic buildings. She is presently vice head of the Eurac Institute for renewable energy, which is a regional research institute located in South Tyrol, Italy. Within the institute, she is the leader of the research group on energy retrofit of historic buildings​​​ and this is also where she has her own expertise. She has had a leading role in several large international research projects. Most recently she led the International Energy Agency Task 59 “Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero energy”.


- This seminar is cancelled due to illness. A new date and time will be scheduled! -

How does the symbolic space of the city change during different ages and what is the process associated with it? 

Date and time: 26 November, Room: 13-14.30. Zoom:

Polina Verbytska is a lecturer at the Department of History, Museology and Cultural Heritage at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine.

The city is an important and interesting object of studying social and cultural changes in Ukraine. The purpose of the lecture, based on the theoretical and methodological provisions of social and environmental psychology, urban semiotics, communication theory and the concept of collective memory, is to analyze how different ideologies and political powers create, change and affect the physical and symbolic image of the city.


Knowledge Transmission: A Tool for Sustainable Heritage Management

Date and time: 29 October, 13-14.30. Zoom: 

Rasmi Shoocongdej: Professor in Archaeology at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The mortuary practice of burying the dead in log coffins in caves was common in prehistoric times throughout Southeast Asia. Today, most of these ancient burial sites are destroyed by looters and animals. Long Long Rak log coffin cave in Thailand is an archaeological site that has been excavated since 2015 and one of the main challenges is the preservation of the site. The management is not only physical but also includes knowledge management, which is transmitted through local schools and communities, including public media. The project applies a participatory action research method, to make local communities aware of the significance of the archaeological sites, and include a co-ownership process to protect the sites. However, recently a rapid tourism development by the government has affected the site, since the communities and their management of the cave are not yet ready for the mass tourism. This is a phenomenon that is commonly found in many developing countries around the world, which affects the sustainability of heritage sites in the long-term perspective.


Retrofit Strategies for Energy Efficiency in Historic Urban Fabric: A Case Study in Basmane District, İzmir-Turkey

Date and time: 19 February, Time: 15-17. Room: E30

Energy efficient retrofit of historic urban stock requires a methodical approach, comprehensive analysis and case-specific solutions. This study presents a pilot study conducted at the neighborhood scale, consisting of 22 pre- and early-republican residential and contemporary buildings in a historic urban fabric of İzmir, Turkey. It aims to develop an integrated approach to identify case-specific energy efficient solutions for retrofit strategy of larger scale historic district. It utilizes building performance simulation (BPS) model, created through the documentation and quick field survey. Two retrofit packages and three individual operational solutions are constituted by considering five-leveled retrofit impact assessment of the CEN EN 16883:2017 Standard.


Zeynep Durmus Arsan & Meltem Ulu

Zeynep DURMUS ARSAN has been working as Associate Professor at İzmir Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture since 1997 in the fields of local sustainability and architecture, rural development, sustainable building design, and energy efficiency issues in historic buildings. 

Meltem ULU has been working as research assistant at Erciyes University, Department of Architecture since 2012 in the fields of energy efficient architectural design and energy efficient retrofit of historic buildings.

Dead Landscapes – and how to make them live

Date and time: 4 February, Room: 16.00-17.30. Room: E30

Is there such a thing as a dead landscape? And if so, who killed it? My lecture will explore how a growing standardization, museumization, and Disneyfication of historical landscapes has led to the loss of embodied, affective experience. Is technology the answer to helping us bring dead landscapes back to life? Or should we look to the landscapes themselves for multisensory engagement possibilities? Using examples from my fieldwork in different ‘Viking’ landscapes, I argue that in connection with a more critical approach to reconstruction and interpretation of the past, it is also crucial to explore the emotional and affective dimensions of historical landscapes to create more dynamic, inclusive, interactive, and performative spaces for visitors with different interests and capacities to be affected.


Katherine Burlingame

BA in Classics and History at Penn State University in the USA and my MA in World Heritage Studies from BTU Cottbus in Germany.

Before my doctoral studies I worked on a number of projects in archaeology and heritage management in Greece, Turkey, and Germany. I’m currently in the fourth year of my PhD studies at the department of Human Geography at Lund University. While my dissertation focuses on bringing together concepts from landscape geography and heritage studies in the development and management of historical landscapes, I also have research interests in creative writing and qualitative research.

Research and education at Korea National University of Cultural Heritage

NUCH - Korean National University of Cultural Heritage

Monday 18 November, at 9.00-10.00, in B51 Campus Gotland

Four colleagues from Korean National University of Cultural Heritage (NUCH) will visit
Campus Gotland in November. The purpose of the visit is to discuss possibilities for
collaboration in education and research. NUCH will give a public presentation of their
research and education for interested parties. Welcome!


NUCH:s objective:

“To nurture traditional culture experts who are equipped with both theories and practical applicability in creative inheritance and development of traditional culture and preservation, management and utilization of cultural properties”.

For more information about NUCH:

Cruise visits & Sustainable Heritage

Þórný Barðadóttir (Thorny Bardadottir), Icelandic Tourism Research

Wednesday 6 November, at 16.00-17.30, in B13 Campus Gotland

A presentation on research and discussions about on-land service of cruise ships, the onshore tourism linked to the visits and passenger behavior while on-shore.


Thorny Bardadottir has a MA in Research Intensive Social Science and works as a researcher at Icelandic Tourism Research Centre. Thornys research interests are in the area of rural tourism both Nordic and arctic context. Prior research projects have had various tourism related angles. Those include content analysis on how tourism an tourists are portrayed in the Icelandic media; pilot study on the role of the Icelandic Ring-Road in creation of destinations and the making of a market segmentation tool for the Icelandic tourism industry.

Resilience Thinking and Built Heritage - examples from Northern Sweden

Andrea Luciani, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Wednesday 2 October, at 16.00-17.30, in B15 Campus Gotland

To preserve our significant built heritage, we need to understand how to increase its capacity of adaptation to structural changes, such as those related to natural and human-made disruptions. The presentation will build on the concept of resilience, starting from an attempt to define its theoretical and practical framework within the field of sustainable heritage management.


Andrea Luciani has an Msc in Architecture and PhD in Preservation of Architectural Heritage at Politecnicodi Milano. Today he works at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. His research focuses on the sustainable management and preservation of built heritage and historic environments. From the analysis of the indoor climate in historic buildings and museums, to the assessment of the impacts of different energy retrofitting strategies on built heritage values to the conservation of modern architecture. Since he moved to Luleå in 2017, he has been looking into how resource extraction activities impact the local mining towns and how structural changes are affecting the preservation of built heritage.

Prehistoric Earthen Architecture in Erdaojingzi

Qinghua Guo, University of Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday 18 September, at 16.00-17.30, in E30 Campus Gotland

EDJZ located in Inner Mongolia, China,was excavated as a rescue project in 2009. In the archaeological site of 5200 sq. m, 149 houses were revealed, all circular in plan. They are the best round earthen architecture known so far in late Neolithic East Asia. About 30 building are preserved and the site is protected as a museum.

This seminar presents a range of forms and technologies of the earthen buildings at EDJZ, and discusses its important contribution to the understanding of earthen architecture in Eurasia.


Qinghua Guo is PhD CTH, Professor in Asian Architecture and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her current research interest is Chinese Architecture in Prehistory: the Archaeological Evidence. Her publications include the MingqiPottery Buildings of Han Dynasty China (206B.C.-A.D.220): Architectural Representations and Represented Architecture. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press (2010); Chinese Architecture and Planning: Ideals, Methods and Techniques. Stuttgart: Edition Axel Menges(2005); A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture. Melbourne: Images Publisher (2002).

Sharing common grounds - Cultural heritage as spaces of resistance and zones of identity belonging

Brilliant Mhlanga, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Thursday 16 May, at 16.00-17.30 in B25, Campus Gotland

This presentation could have easily been titled as, ‘Of Spaces Otherwise’, the aim of it being to show how cultural heritage in its variegated forms; as intangible and tangible, can be used to reconstitute memory and historical identities. The case of the Ndebele of Matebeleland, and the Ngoni people of Zambia will be used as examples of ‘difficult heritage’. This presentation attempts show how heritage is often appropriated in most postcolonial states to conjure national identities as part of the engraved ‘sacred landscapes of remembrance.’ It will also be argued that while national memory for the postcolonial states is constructed and in flux, the ethnic memory of the majority is often weaved into the narratives of belonging and being of the broader state as ‘rhetorical topoi.’ Further, it will be observed that even the postcolonial names of the states which is always along ethnic lines (mainly of the majority ethnic groups) are often presented as part of the ‘national heritage.’ For the excluded and marginalised ethnic groups cultural heritage then become sites of contestation where identities and common historical ties are renewed. Often this is done through memory & commemorating the past, which is an essential part of the present. Such a process is not only tied inextricably to a particular group’s sense of identity, but rather it is seen as an inherent part of the heritage process. In this case heritage as a process is seen as humanising project aimed and reviving cultural identities. Through this process people are rehabilitated into remembering the past ‘in the light of their (present) needs & aspirations’ (Walker, 1996, 51). As will be discussed in the presentation, among the Ndebele the idea of the restoration of the Mthwakazi monarchy, as part of memory and cultural heritage has led to the emergence of cultures festivals & other such traditions with the aim of ‘re-membering’ the subalternised. These efforts as part of ‘difficult heritage’ are often entangled and buoyed by narratives of violence and abuse of the ethnic minorities as ‘postmemory.’ The latter have led to the discourse of decolonising colonial state borders. The Ngoni of Zambia, and possibly, those of Malawi, have also been able to revive the age old cultural festivals, such as the ‘Incwala Ceremony.’ These cultural activities as forms of heritage in states whose nationalist ideologies have often criminalised ethnic belonging are perceived by those in power as likely to upset the postcolonial African National Project.

Brilliant Mhlanga holds a PhD from the University of Westminster and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Media Cultures, in the School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, UK. Dr Mhlanga holds several Fellowships – notable about them is Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship awarded by the African Leadership Institute (ALI) in collaboration with Saidi Business School, Oxford University and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship for Southern Africa. Dr Mhlanga has lectured in a number of international Universities in Africa and in Europe in various capacities. He has researched and published extensively on Cultural Identities Politics, Heritage and Ethnic Minority issues, and the Postcolonial African National Project. His recent publications are: The Return of the Local: Community Radio as Dialogic & Participatory (2015); Africa’s transformational postcolonial leadership and colonial antinomies (2015), & Bondage of Boundaries & the ‘Toxic Other’ in Postcolonial Africa:  The Northern Problem & Identity Politics Today. He is currently working on two projects provisionally titled: Cultural Heritage, Pluralism & Strategies for ethnic accommodation in Africa: Narratives on the politicisation of Identities in Southern Africa, and On the Banality of Evil: Cultural Particularities & Genocide in Africa. His research interests include: Heritage issues, Ethnic Minority Media, Ethnicity, Nationalism and Postcolonial Studies, Media Policy & Political Economy of the media, Media and Development Communication and Community Radio.

Last modified: 2021-06-30