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Heligt, hotfullt, historiskt : kulturarvifieringen av det katolska i 1600-talets Sverige
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria.
2011 (Swedish)In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, 29-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Heligt – Hotfullt – Historiskt: Kulturarvifieringen av det katolska i 1600-talets Sverige

Helena Wangefelt Ström


This article aims at bringing together two concepts with many similarities, heritage and sacredness, using theories presently under construction in an international and interdisciplinary research field dealing with heritage production, politics and power. Focus is on the process and the agenda more than the product, and particularly on the transvaluation taking place when something is given a heritage status: the form is intact, but the content is new and different. These theories are applied on a 17th century Swedish national inquiry for historical remains or ”antiquities”, ordered by the King and performed by the local clergy, an inquiry where not only the expected and specifically requested runic stones, pre-historic graves or famous battle fields were listed, but in many cases also far more recent Catholic items and memories, thus transformed from sacred objects to a part of the national heritage. The hypothesis presented and argued for is that this listing and, in fact, heritage production also worked as an act of control and domestication of the potentially dangerous: the threatening, former sacred, was made harmless when – literally or figuratively – locked up in a museum case.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, 2011. 29-53 p.
Keyword [en]
heritage, heritagisation, antiquities, catholicism, Sweden, 17th century
Keyword [sv]
kulturarv, kulturarvifiering, antikviteter, rannsakningar, katolicism, göticism, 1600-tal
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History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79493OAI: diva2:642075
Available from: 2013-08-20 Created: 2013-08-20 Last updated: 2013-08-27Bibliographically approved

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