On November 14 I participated in the session “Cultural Heritage, Rights, and Democratic Practice” at the 117th Annual Meeting
of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose (CA), a huge conference attended by 6500 scholars. It considered the bond between heritage and rights, i.e. the claims and obligations that link the present and past. Specifically, focus was set on how “heritage rights are often invoked vis-à-vis democratic political institutions”, and how they are supported through democratic participatory approaches. The whole day session, with 13 speakers, was expertly organized by Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels (University of Maryland), who has just published a book
related to the session theme and Jon Daehnke (University of California).
Based on this theme, I and Herdis Hølleland (who was there in spirit but not in person) decided to draw on our research
about the Scandinavian far right, asking : What happens when far-right parties enter into national parliaments, or even…