Cultural Heritage in Peace and Conflicts 2019/2020 (7.5 credits)

Spring 2020, 50 %, Campus

Start date: 30 March 2020

End date: 7 June 2020

Application Deadline: 15 October 2019

Enrolment Code: UU-01711 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Visby

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

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


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Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 15000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 15000

About the course:

The course provides an introduction to the social implications of cultural heritage in and after conflicts. Conflict is here understood as a strong disagreement between parties in a society, and as struggle originating in incompatible needs.

You will study the meanings and uses of cultural heritage before, during and after violent conflict. In conflicts monuments, museums and other heritage 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 there are often aims of using heritage to facilitate 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 possibilities of using it to promote a peaceful and sustainable development. Students 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

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H 752 38 UPPSALA

Box 630, 751 26 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 2887

Fax: 018-471 2892


Gustaf Leijonhufvud

Telephone: +46 498 10 83 37