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NCK’s Spring Conference 2022

Building Relationships through Co-creative Heritage
16-17 February

Registration The last date for registration is February 11.
Due to Covid-19 and restrictions, the conference will be completely digital. 

The theme for NCK’s Spring Conference 2022 will be on how co-creation can be used to build more sustainable relationships. The potential in heritage for promoting co-creation and participation is prioritized both at a European as well as a Nordic level, and it is emphasized in the Swedish Government’s bill “Kulturarvspolitik” which was adopted in 2017. Co-creation is based on established trust and the premise that everyone can contribute to the content, the activity or the process. When co-creation succeeds, it increases the feeling of participation and stimulates learning.

One of the biggest challenges for museums and archives in stimulating participation with different target groups is precisely to establish long-term and sustainable relationships that are based on mutual trust and confidence. Too often, such relationships are time-bound to a specific project that enables it, and time-limited trust is not always perceived as genuine. However, trust is crucial for a co-creative process to be successful. That is why we at NCK want to discuss opportunities and challenges in co-creation together with you for two days. These are some of the issues we will investigate together:

  • What does co-creation mean for the cultural heritage sector?
  • What can we do to stimulate co-creation in practice?
  • How can it help us build more sustainable relationships with different target groups?
  • What opportunities and challenges are there in making heritage co-creative? 
  • How is the framework for co-creation set and who sets it?
  • How can the form and agenda of an activity itself be developed through a co-creative process and what would be the value in that?

The program is still preliminary and more information will come soon.

We will start at 10.00 o’clock on the 16th of February, and end at 15.00 on the 17th of February.

These are some of the presentations that will be given:

  • Sarah May (Swansea University) – Participation and trust, a migrant’s view
  • Daniel Gillberg (Gothenburg City Museum) – Accessibility, technology & the visitor: How activists and co-creation changed the museum
  • Kajsa Hartig (Västernorrland Museum) and Bente Jensen (Aalborg City Archive) – Collection of social digital photography in archives and museums – a road to co-creation, dialogue and participation
  • Anita Synnestvedt (University of Gothenburg) – The Heritage Academy – an example of how to build co-creative relationships with different target groups within the heritage sector – challenges, opportunities and development.  
  • Emily Oswald (Oslo Universitet) – When publics and cultural institutions interact: Museums and archives creating opportunities for co-design in conversation and on social media.
  • Nelly Laitinen, the Swedish Literary Society in Finland – Together for Sources in the Classroom – how professionals in Cultural Heritage and Education co-work.
  • Sanna Holmkvist & Maria Wennberg (Swedish Council for Higher Education) – How can your organization develop long-term and sustainable relationships with the help of international exchanges? How can you use Erasmus + and EPALE?

In addition, many more speakers will be announced shortly, with perspectives on co-creation from archives, museums and academia.

Important information:

  • Due to the pandemic and restrictions, the conference will now be completely digital. Previous information about being able to be physically present in Östersund no longer applies.
  • The main language will be English as we have participants from all over the Nordic region and outside, but some parallel sessions will be in Swedish.

  • Registration The last date for registration is February 11.


  • Individual participation: SEK 600
  • Institution: SEK 1200*

*With this option several people from the same institution can attend within the same price. We would still like each individual from the organisation to register separately so that we can receive everyone’s contact information. When registering, please click that you register as an organisation, mention the name of the organisation and provide information on how many in total that are attending from the organisation.

All costs are exclusive of VAT (25%).

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We are very much looking forward to meeting you in the digital space!