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NCK’s Spring Conference 2022

Building Relationships through Co-creative Heritage
16-17 February in Östersund


Registration
The last date for registration is February 4th.

Do you want to contribute to the content of the conference with a lecture or workshop? Then fill in the form as linked to above no later than January 14th, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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. These are some of the presentations that will be given:

  • Sarah May (Swansea University) will talk about participation and of establishing trust and care from a migrant’s perspective.
  • Daniel Gillberg (Gothenburg City Museum), will talk about accessibility, technology and how co-creation changed the Gothenburg City Museum.
  • Kajsa Hartig (Västernorrland Museum) and Bente Jensen (Aalborg City Archive) will talk about digital co-creation in museums and archives in the collection of social photography.
  • Anita Synnestvedt (University of Gothenburg), will talk about how she used co-creative processes to create bridges between different activities in the cultural heritage sector.
  • Nelly Laitinen, the Swedish Literary Society in Finland, is last year’s winner of NCK’s Pedagogical Prize and will talk about her important pedagogical work.

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

Important information:

  • The conference will be hybrid – i.e. it will be possible to participate either physically on site in Östersund or digitally through a livestream. Unfortunately, some parallel sessions are missed for those who choose the digital variant.
  • 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.
  • Those who are interested in presenting perspectives on co-creation at the conference are welcome to send us a proposal via the following link. The last date for this is January 14th.

Prices:

  • Participation on site in Östersund: SEK 2,800*
  • Reduced student price: SEK 600**
  • Digital participation: SEK 600

All costs are exclusive of VAT (25%).

* This price includes not only the content of the conference, but also a conference dinner on 16 February, two lunches and coffee.

** This applies to those students who want to attend physically in Östersund. Dinner and lunch are not included in the price. Coffee is included, however. Lunch and dinner can be ordered separately via

We are very much looking forward to meeting you either physically in Östersund or in the digital space!