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Introduction: Museums and the Performance of Heritage in Nordic Contexts

Introduction: Museums and the Performance of Heritage in Nordic Contexts Introduction: Museums and the Performance of Heritage in Nordic Contexts Lizette Gradén and Tom O’Dell Lund University his issue of Scandinavian Studies brings together scholars from the disciplines of ethnology, Scandinavian studies, and folklore t studies to examine the creation of heritage within museums large and small in the nordic countries and nordic america. the late Barbro Klein, influential in the fields of folklore and ethnology on both sides of the tlantic a , defines heritage as “phenomena in a group’s past that are given high symbolic value and therefore, must be protected for the future” (Klein 2000, 25). cultural heritage is a process created in the present, but drawing on the past in order to shape strategies and attitudes toward the times to come (Lowenthal 1985; 1996; Kirshenblatt Gimblett 1 - 998; 2006; Klein 2000; anttonen et al. 2000). as such, cultural heritage is self conscious and deliberate - , a practice that inevitably also changes the self perceptions - of cultural practitioners, as they respond to each new form or performance of heritage that they and others create. the manner in which the past is legitimized and reframed in the present, in part through museums, has been http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Studies Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

Introduction: Museums and the Performance of Heritage in Nordic Contexts

Scandinavian Studies , Volume 90 (3) – Feb 1, 2019

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Introduction: Museums and the Performance of Heritage in Nordic Contexts Lizette Gradén and Tom O’Dell Lund University his issue of Scandinavian Studies brings together scholars from the disciplines of ethnology, Scandinavian studies, and folklore t studies to examine the creation of heritage within museums large and small in the nordic countries and nordic america. the late Barbro Klein, influential in the fields of folklore and ethnology on both sides of the tlantic a , defines heritage as “phenomena in a group’s past that are given high symbolic value and therefore, must be protected for the future” (Klein 2000, 25). cultural heritage is a process created in the present, but drawing on the past in order to shape strategies and attitudes toward the times to come (Lowenthal 1985; 1996; Kirshenblatt Gimblett 1 - 998; 2006; Klein 2000; anttonen et al. 2000). as such, cultural heritage is self conscious and deliberate - , a practice that inevitably also changes the self perceptions - of cultural practitioners, as they respond to each new form or performance of heritage that they and others create. the manner in which the past is legitimized and reframed in the present, in part through museums, has been

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