Research conference: Almost History
Tuesday 15 December, 09:30-16:00
The ambition of ArkDes’ annual research conference is to highlight on-going research in the field of architectural history, and to lay the foundation for a fruitful exchange between the museum and researchers in academia. The theme for this year´s conference is “Almost History”, and refers to the buildings, people and phenomena that are conventionally excluded from in the writing of architectural history. With Mabel O Wilson, Wouter Vanstiphout, Christoph Grafe, Thordis Arrhenius, Catharina Gabrielsson, Erik Sigge and many more.
ArkDes´ collection contains about four million objects and roughly covers the period from the 1880s to today. Today, the museum is working on a new permanent exhibition, which will display the collection and narrate the history of Swedish architecture anew. The objects in the collection tell unique stories about architects, their creativity, the building of the Swedish society and the role of architecture within it. But there are plenty of prominent buildings and significant architects who are not represented in the collections, gaps that have developed due to taste, historical power relations, and more or less conscious forgetfulness.
The conference Almost History invites thinkers within the field to reflect on thie situation. The title partly refers to the buildings that are not old enough to have an obvious status as cultural heritage, including in particular the architecture of the 1980s and later. We also wish to acknowledge that our very large collection can only ever be a partial record, and to begin a debate about how to address the gaps.
The conference will take place online. A book documenting the conference will be published in 2021.