The Scandinavian far-right and the new politicisation of heritage

Our new article “The Scandinavian far-right and the new politicisation of heritage” is out in Journal of Social Archaeology.  

Abstract: The past 30 years have witnessed a radical shift in European politics, as new far-right wing parties have entered national parliaments. Driven by discontent, fear and the notion of cultural struggle, they have gradually come to twist the political conversation around their core issues. For many far-right parties, cultural heritage is one such issue. While this ought to put them on the radar of scholars studying heritage politics, the topic of far-right heritage policy remains largely unexplored. This article seeks to ignite this field of enquiry by taking a closer look at what far-right heritage policies actually look like. Focus is set on three Scandinavian far-right parties with seats in national parliaments: the Danish People’s Party, the Progress Party in Norway and the Sweden Democrats. By examining the notion of heritage put forth in their party manifestos and the heritage priorities expressed in their parliamentary budget proposals, we consider the weight of their rhetoric.

More about the project: The paper emerges from our session at Archaeology and the European far-right: attitudes and responses from heritage bureaucracies held at the EAA 2017 and was also presented at the conference Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New Directions. Elisabeth and I are continuing our collaboration doing a project on Transactional authority in Scandinavian cultural heritage bureaucracies

Photo: Den Gamle By living history museum (photo, Villy Fink Isaksen CC-BY-4.0) Sources: https://goo.gl/wim3WL

Full reference: Niklasson, Elisabeth and Herdis Hølleland 2018 The Scandinavian far-right and the new politicisation of heritage. Journal of Social Archaeology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605318757340