Global heritage research at Linnaeus University gains momentum

The UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University is growing. Dr Annalisa Bolin will research the significance of cultural heritage in international relations, with focus on Rwanda, East Africa. She will spend two years at Linnaeus University, contributing to the extension of the already unique research profile on Heritage Futures.

Bolin’s PhD research at Stanford University had examined the politics of cultural heritage in post-genocide Rwanda, highlighting the government’s deployment of heritage to build a new nation.

 “I am very excited about this opportunity to continue my work in Sweden and at Linnaeus University. My focus will be research on the international politics of heritage repatriation from Germany to Rwanda—especially the uses of heritage in decolonization and developing new futures for Global South nations”, says Bolin.  

Professor Cornelius Holtorf holds the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures, and he is pleased with the addition.

“This new appointment will extend our unique research profile and contribute to the development of the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures. With Annalisa Bolin’s work, we will be able to strengthen our commitment to research of international significance and global policy development in the area of heritage”, says Holtorf.

Bolin’s contribution will make an impact that goes beyond the Chair as well, says Holtorf.

“It will also strengthen internationalization at Linnaeus University and in particular our global perspective in research which are important priorities for us”.

Annalisa Bohlin, post doc of archaeology, annalisa.bolin@lnu.se
Cornelius Holtorf, professor of archaeology, cornelius.holtorf@lnu.se

About the UNESCO Chair

The UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University is the only one of its kind. It deals with the roles of heritage in managing the relations between present and future societies. The Chair was established in Kalmar in 2017.