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The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Researche (NIKU)
Department of Buildings

 Contact details
Contact personDr Wera Grahn
Senior researcher 
StreetStorgata 2, Postbox 736, Sentrum 
Address 0105 - Oslo (Norway) 
EmailShow Email
Social Media+4723355001
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Other humanities
» Archaeology
» Cultural studies
» Ethnic studies
» Gender and sexuality studies

 Brief description of your activity focus
Heritage Studies, in combination with e.g. gender and ethnic studies. How we use and construct heritage today a use and construct heritage today and

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Dr Wera Grahn has a broad empirical interest in the field of cultural heritage, ranging from museums to
monuments, historical sites, places and landscapes. Her main research questions focus on how we use
history today, how it is created, what it does to people and societies, what interests are working as
driving forces in these processes, whose history is promoted and regarded and whose is not, and how
can we find new more inclusive and diverse ways to use various parts of cultural heritage to tell
alternative histories.

Her present research interests are primarily turned towards the basic premises governing the field of
cultural heritage. A general subordination of certain groups in society often tends to be reproduced in
the sector of cultural heritage, which adds to the mechanisms of social exclusion and feeling of
alienation in society. This makes it necessary to broaden the scope of what cultural heritage can be and
to problematize the ground on which the cultural heritage management is based today and to find ways
in which cultural heritage of tomorrow can become an empowering and democratic part in society for
more groups.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Cultural interactions in an international perspective
» Conflicts, peace and human rights
» Participation and citizenship in Europe
» Diversities and commonalities in Europe

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeNational
Project TitleThe construction of cultural heritage in the post. Industrial city: Akerselva
Specific ThemeCultural heritage assessments and construction
Project #2
Project TypeNational
Project TitleCultural environments in discourse and practice – Sør-Gjæslingan as an example
Specific ThemeHow cultural environments are defined and negotiated
Project #3
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleNetwork building research on cultural heritage management
Specific ThemeKnowledge exchange of various views of the ground premises for the cultural heritage field
Project #4
Project TypeNational
Project Titleintersectional constructions and cultural heritage management
Specific ThemeAnalysing how identities are constructed and legitimized in cultural heritage management
Project #5
Project TypeNational
Project TitleVega 2045 - World heritage and local knowledge – integrated modelling and scenario building for nature and cultural heritage management
Specific ThemeScenario building and integrated modelling for nature and cultural heritage management
CoordinatorHanne Svarstad
Project #6
Project TypeNational
Project TitleMinoritys past in majoritys present
Specific ThemeHow minority groups past is mediated to the majority in todays museums, c. h.management,education

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
2007 – ongoing Materiality & Sociality. NIKU. Project leader.
2007 –2008 Churches and the assignment of “local values”. NIKU. Project leader.
2006–2007 Gender at Swedish Museums of cultural history. Upplandsmuseet, Uppsala and the Swedish
National Council for Cultural Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden. Project leader.
2003–2006 Gender constructions at the Swedish National Museum of Cultural History, Department of
Gender Studies, University of Linköping, Sweden, Project leader.
2005–2006 Discover! Change! About gender conscious rising at museums. Member of the project
leading group of a research project to increase a gender consciousness at Swedish museums.
2001–2002 Dialogue research and exhibition making at the Östergötland County Museum, Department of
Gender Studies, University of Linköping, Sweden, Project leader.
2000–2001 A study of the discourses of politicians and civil servants on gender equality and public
transports in the region of Östergötland in Sweden, the Swedish Government, Stock-holm, Sweden.
Project leader.
1999 Gender constructions at the National museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm Sweden.
Project leader.
1998–1999 Terms of Travelling, Department of Ethnology, Stockholm University, Sweden. Project leader.
1996-1997 The ”Homes” of Homeless People, Nordiska museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Project leader.
1996-1997 Homeless women, Nordiska museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Project leader.
1995 Inter rail, Nordiska museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Project leader.
1994 The wedding, Nordiska museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Project leader.
1994-1997 Jesper – a continuing study of a boy and his cloths, Nordiska museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Project leader.
1993-1994 Families with children – without a car. Nordiska museet. Stockholm, Sweden. Project leader.

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