Cultural Heritage in Peace and Conflicts, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 25 March 2024

    End date: 2 June 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-01714 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Visby

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

This course provides an introduction to the social implications of cultural heritage during and after conflicts. For the purposes of the course, conflict is defined as a strong disagreement between parties in society, and as a struggle originating in incompatible needs.

You will study the meanings and uses of cultural heritage before, during and after violent conflicts. In conflicts, monuments, museums and other heritage institutions do not just become targets. They have often been used for ideological and state-building purposes long before an intra-state or interstate conflict reaches a violent stage. When international actors intervene in post-conflict development, it is often with the aim to use heritage to help promote a more tolerant, inclusive and peaceful society, but such instrumental aims may be obstructed by existing group identities, notions of heritage, poorly planned interventions and other factors.

The course deals with the complexity of heritage in conflicts as well as with the possibility of using it to promote peaceful and sustainable development. You will not only be introduced to the problems associated with heritage in conflict areas, but also to practical and technical interventions on sites with the constructive aim of preserving them or giving them new functions.

More information


Department of Art History, Campus Gotland

Cramérgatan 3

621 67 VISBY

Mattias Legnér


Telephone: +46 498 10 83 31

Carina Dahlström, Study administrator


Telephone: +46 498 10 82 34