Thursday seminar: "Heritage as a method of change: an example on how to fight against gender-based violence in Tanzania"

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Centrum för genusvetenskap KWB
  • Lecturer: Adam Norman and Johanna Ejderstedt, Kalmar County Museum
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

Thursday seminar at the Centre for Gender Research. Open for all! No registration required.

In this seminar the importance of heritage as a resource in creating change in society will be highlighted. Heritage is important for shaping identity, both for individuals and nations. In some sense, this is one corner stone of a museum, to preserve traditions and knowledge. So, heritage can be used as preserving norms, behaviour and power-structures. However, it can also be used as methods for change.

Kalmar County Museum is currently working in a collaborative project together with Church of Sweden in Tanzania; to support efforts towards gender-based violence and female genital mutilation. The matter of female genital mutilation is complex and involves gender structures, power, norms, economy and health aspects. In this project, the Time Travel Method is used to highlight the aspects of traditions and heritage when it comes to gender justice and harmful practices.

Kalmar County Museum has for a long time worked on highlighting and influencing current social issues through heritage education and applied heritage, i.e. the Time Travel Method. By using historical sites and stories, reflection is created about today's challenges in society to create a positive change in attitude and behaviour. The Time Travel method has been used in international collaborations in areas such as xenophobia, local democracy, integration, women’s rights, etc.