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Ingrid Martins Holmberg

Senior lecturer

Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Senior lecturer
Academic degree: Doctor
ingrid.holmberg@conservation.gu.se
+46 31 786 4716

Room number: 413
Postal Address: Box 130, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Guldhedsgatan 5A , 41320 Göteborg


Department of Conservation (More Information)
Box130
40530 Göteborg
www.conservation.gu.se
conservation@conservation.gu.se
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Visiting Address: Guldhedsgatan 5a , 40530 Göteborg

About Ingrid Martins Holmberg

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Ingrid Martins Holmberg gained her PhD in 2006 with the dissertation On the urban Surface:On the historicization of Haga [På stadens yta]. The study (prized by the Kungl. Gustav Adolfsakademin för svensk folkkultur) put a foucauldian perspective on the discursive play that successively in a process ranging over 150 years transformed ordinary urban built environments into heritage objects. In subsequent research this perspective has been developed also in the direction of ANT and mobility studies.

She is the main supervisor of two PhD students in Conservation of built heritage: Leidulf Mydland (diss March 2015) and Malin Weijmer. She has been acting director of studies for the BA programme in Built Heritage 2006-2012. During 2013-2015 she is research coordinator of Curating the city / Critical Heritage Studies http://criticalheritagestudies.gu.se/clusters+and+heritage+academy/Curating+the+City The research cluster has for example been running a seminar series ”Heritage as Commons – Commons as heritage” (2013-2014) that was transformed into a book in 2015 (Curating the City-series, Makadam Publishers); set up an international researchers network; launched a publication series. In 2015 the first round of The Curatorial Residency will be running i Cape Town, S.A, http://www.curatorialresidency.org/ . The Curating the city Research Programme, see below. 

In the second half of 2016 she will spend a sabbatical leave, financed through a grant by the Faculty of Science, at the chair of Sybille Frank, Prof. Dr. phil., Junior Professor for Urban and Regional Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Technische Universität zu Berlin.
 

Teaching Areas

  •  Urban Renewal and urban transformations
  •  History of Built Environments
  •  Theory and methodology for the history of built environments
  •  The professional field of conservation

Research Areas

  • Uses of the past in urban transformations ('heritagization')
  • Heritage sector's handling of Roma' historical places
  • Participatory heritage planning
  • Historical landscapes and history of built enviroments
  • The City as Mnemonic Device. Synthesizing the longue durées and critical moments of the Swedish modern city

Current Research

My research is focused on the built environment as cultural heritage. I am particularly interested in the epistemological conditions for an expanded history of the built environment and in cultural heritage processes—that is, how cultural heritage emerges from something else.


The doctoral thesis, On the Urban Surface: Historicizations of Haga, laid the ground for studying long term changes in popular attitudes towards 'urban old buildings', i.e issues related to modernism and modernist urban plannning as a particular moral-aesthetic regime, and the role of knowledge production as a means and site of resistance. In subsequent research this is developed towards a focus on heritage conceptions within new urbanism with particular focus on the emergence of non-official actors.


In the dissertation I used the case of Haga, Gothenburg, a long-term neglected central area that was comprised in an 1960's urban renewal programme and which on national level became a key site of resistance against modernist general urban renewal. Asking questions about the different discursive plays in which Haga's identity was negotiated over 150 years (the source material included over 150 years of discursive statements about Haga), I was able to distinguish four distinct imaginary geographies: a 'geography of attraction', a 'geography of memory', a 'geography of slum clearance', and a 'geography of conservation' within which the area's identy was forged. Apart from the geography of conservation, these imaginary geographies have essentially developed in parallel over time. The discovery of this parallelism has led to a new understanding of the dynamics of urban transformation: the most important components of and incentives for the changes in the meaning of built environments are the internal contradictions among various parallel imaginary geographies.


The study thereby shows that the reevaluation of the Haga arises out of previously existing moral landscapes. But it also shows that the concept of gentrification, which recurs frequently in research, only covers a minor part of the character and sequence of events of urban transformations. A third and central result of my research is the identification of a 'geography of conservation' as distinctly different from the other imaginary geographies in terms of two characteristics: first, that an anonymous, dilapidated old urban neighborhood of wooden buildings, and particularly those of the typical Gothenburg “county governor’s buildings”, were considered nice; and second, that the most important factor in this popular reevaluation of the vernacular was scholarly research. This research, neither coordinated nor systematic, fuelled a new a new discourse. The thesis also contributes to a theoretical development concerning the creation of new 'objects', in a foucauldian understanding. In a subsequent reserach projects, Structural Transformation and Cultural Heritage Processes, this perspective has proven proliferous for detecting underlying moral geographies influencing a series of contemporary planning decisions in several cities.

 
The City as Mnemonic Device. Synthesizing the longue durées and critical moments of the Swedish modern city. 

This project aims at synthesizing research  - conducted for several years through different activities – within the field ‘the city as mnemonic device’. This research has examined the memory-history-materiality interface, with a focus on discursive negotiations related to Swedish urban contexts during the last one and a half century. The research hitherto shows that negotiations concerning “the meanings of the past” are especially salient within the fields of politics, planning and ideology, but moreover that they permeate also a number of other important discursive practices. This phenomenon has often arbitrarily been associated with sheer post modernistic nostalgia but my research indicates the contrary; that the tensions between stability and change (historical restriction and futuristic possibility) are a stable nexus over time within urban imaginary geographies. This research thus covers critical moments as well as longue durées in the self-image of the Swedish modern city, that are of relevance for a broad array of praxis related to place marketing, identity politics, heritage management and urban planning.

Programme Curating the City: trans-disciplinary approaches in urban settings. Heritage is at the core of contemporary urban dynamics and urban conflicts. Indeed, it confronts scholars and policy makers alike with a number of questions and dilemmas about how to deal with tangible-and-intangible aspects of the existing city fabric. This research cluster aims to explore how heritage practitioners and heritage practice ‘curate’ the city’s past, present and future, in terms of defining, preserving and mediating urban heritage in a broad sense. This entails negotiation over aesthetic regimes, intervention in planning, as well as proactive measures in order to understand, develop and conceptualize the urban heritage landscape. It also entails promoting dialogue and participation, navigating the threshold between multiple institutional and non-institutional actors, such as grassroots movements, NGOs, private entrepreneurs and various official bodies.”

Re:heritage - Circulation and Comodification of Things with History (Vetenskapsrådet 2014-2017) This project aims at studying the rapidly expanding second hand-, re-use- and vintage market in which small-scale entrepreneurs transform and re-configure objects with a real or imagined history into marketable goods with heritage value. Building on existing research on second hand culture and consumption, the project takes on a neo-materialist approach to explore how this market, here called the re:heritage market, involves circulation and transformations that renegotiate established understandings of heritage, but that also transcends conventional dichotomies between public and private, tangible and intangible, memory and history. Combining perspectives from anthropology, consumption research, integrated conservation and cultural geography, the project will analyse the real and imaginary sites, the relations, networks and assemblages of things as well as the actors and institutions involved in the re:heritage circulation. The research methodology involves ethnographic fieldwork, text and image analysis and archival studies. The research will be carried out through five work packages with complementary focus: the social and material infrastructure of objects in circulation; the market qualification-valuation processes; the interaction of urban localities and heritagization processes; a comparative study in the UK; theory development as well as co-research in interaction with the public.

In my work package “Sites and localities as re:heritage” the focus will be on the kind of circulations that meet in the reverential activities of rebuilding, restructuring, reconstruction, renovation or restoration of the urban built environment: 1) the reshuffling of spatial meanings: from an original (usually) function-based meaning, into one based on heritage conceptions; 2) the circuit of market values: the real estate property market where heritage aspects of the sales items (predominately homes) have become as a core hub for the presentations and spatial rearrangements; 3) the increasing market for old building details or structures (such as used doors, windows and fittings, authentic paint, original tiles); 4) the know-how, skills and craft necessary for its application.

A short film introducing some of the research results and discussing the theme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk9BVjZMxpc


Landscape dimensions of Roma heritage (Riksantikvarieämbetet 2012-2014). This project focusses on public heritage management of Roma historical places in Sweden. Although celebrating their five hundred years in Sweden in 2012, there has been very little recognition of the Roma’s corporeal long-term presence on Swedish grounds. There are severe difficulties in reconstructing the Roma’s historical presence in Sweden, not at least because of their persistent travelling (mostly forced). Leaving aside here the issue of a parching and well documented anti-romanism that permeates most accounts of the Roma’s history, this project will present a study of some interesting contemporary efforts to gain new knowledge about the Romas’ historical places in Sweden: projects run by the official state heritage sector during the last years.


The research project presents what has become known of Roma historical places, itineraries, travelling and locations in Sweden trough these projects, and also which are the particular conditions, discourses and ambitions within the official heritage sector that have promoted and facilitated these projects. The project puts the findings in relation to the spatial concepts territoriality, place-making and mobility, but goes on to discuss them from foucauldian notions of knowledge-power. According to the AHD theory (Smith), ‘heritage’ as an official practice is normally understood and performed within the discursive realms of a white-male-middle class history, and prioritizes material artefacts (such as buildings or cultural landscapes) over intangible and ephemeral forms of culture. In trying to gain knowledge about Romas’ historical places, these heritage projects are forced to overcome the internal knowledge regimes, and in doing so, they can help to pinpoint the epistemological obstructions that appear when ‘the travelling (subaltern) Roma’ is to be situated within a particular ‘heritage-biased historical landscape’.

The project's results are published in the comprehensive report Vägskälens kulturarv - kulturarv vid vägskäl, Holmberg (ed.) Makadam 2014.

Press release http://science.gu.se/aktuellt/nyheter/Nyheter+Detalj//svenska-romers-historia-lyfts-fram-i-ny-bok.cid1274849#prettyPhoto

Announcement Sveriges Radio / Radio Romano  http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2122&artikel=6102724

Conference presentation ACSIS 2015, Spotlight session http://criticalheritagestudies.gu.se/news/n/acsis-conference.cid1309270

Review in SvD / Under strecket                  http://www.svd.se/en-bortstott-bit-av-den-svenska-historien


 

Latest publications

Memories of a city – introduction
Jonathan Westin, Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Memories of a city, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Memories of a city
Jonathan Westin, Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Edited book 2017
Edited book

Keeping things in common
Henric Benesch, Feras Hammami, Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Evren Uzer
Heritage as Common(s) - Common(s) as Heritage, Göteborg, Makadam Publishers, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Heritage as Common(s) - Common(s) as Heritage
Henric Benesch, Feras Hammami, Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Evren Uzer
Göteborg, Makadam Publishers, Edited book 2015
Edited book

Historisering in situ : kulturmiljö och kulturarvisering som text
Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Gamlestaden : strukturell förändring och kulturarvsprocesser - en fallstudie / Sarah Andersson, Krister Olsson och Ola Wetterberg (red.), Göteborg, Makadam, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Challenge from within? On establishing ‘historical places of the Roma’ as a new matter of official heritage institutions
Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Dahlin & Andersson In the flow – People, Media, Materialities, ACSIS conference 15-17 June 2015, Norrköping, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Travelling into history: the case of Swedish Roma
Ingrid Martins Holmberg
PECSRL 2014, 8–12 September 2014, Gothenburg and Mariestad, Sweden, , Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

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2017

Memories of a city – introduction
Jonathan Westin, Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Memories of a city, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Memories of a city
Jonathan Westin, Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Edited book 2017
Edited book

2016

2015

Keeping things in common
Henric Benesch, Feras Hammami, Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Evren Uzer
Heritage as Common(s) - Common(s) as Heritage, Göteborg, Makadam Publishers, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Heritage as Common(s) - Common(s) as Heritage
Henric Benesch, Feras Hammami, Ingrid Martins Holmberg, Evren Uzer
Göteborg, Makadam Publishers, Edited book 2015
Edited book

Historisering in situ : kulturmiljö och kulturarvisering som text
Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Gamlestaden : strukturell förändring och kulturarvsprocesser - en fallstudie / Sarah Andersson, Krister Olsson och Ola Wetterberg (red.), Göteborg, Makadam, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Challenge from within? On establishing ‘historical places of the Roma’ as a new matter of official heritage institutions
Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Dahlin & Andersson In the flow – People, Media, Materialities, ACSIS conference 15-17 June 2015, Norrköping, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

2014

Travelling into history: the case of Swedish Roma
Ingrid Martins Holmberg
PECSRL 2014, 8–12 September 2014, Gothenburg and Mariestad, Sweden, , Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 42

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