Behind the Scenes of the City: The Hidden, the Forbidden, the Forgotten

Norra Smedjegatan, 1967. Klara bohemian Karl-Olof ‘the Intellectual’ Johansson outside Linds café with an unidentified woman. Photographer: Manne Lind. Image No. ML67-7 405, Stockholm City Museum
  • Öppettid

    November 18–19

  • Pris

    Registration is closed

  • Plats

    Stockholm City Museum

Welcome to an exchange of ideas and experiences on cultural heritage, research and the multidimensional history of the city.

Heritage institutions are gateways to past eras, lost places and vanished experiences. Yet at the same time they embody power, permeated with the desire to classify the world. Today we stress the democratic dimension of what archives and collections can tell us, and who can access history. Collaboration between academies, archives and museums, along with wide-ranging digitalisation programmes and a growing awareness of lost perspectives, illustrate the opportunities and challenges we face when narrating urban history. How can we reach behind the scenes of the city?

As part of the project Bekönade rum. Mångdimensionella vandringar i stadens historia (Gendered Spaces: Multidimensional Walks in Urban History) the Stockholm City Museum invites you to a dialogue on hidden and forgotten facets of the urban past, and on the art of uncovering and disseminating aspects of a problematic or proscribed nature.

Keynote speaker

Professor Beatriz Colomina
Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture
Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Media and Modernity Program, Princeton University

Call for papers

Thank you for all the proposals for papers and sessions, we are very happy and pleased to present the full program of the conference. Due to the ongoing pandemic the number of participants is limited to 50 people, and therefore we cannot offer any seats to an audience beyond the participants of each session. However, the conference will be filmed and available for free download.


Download the full program of the coference here.

Stockholmia in association with Riksbankens jubileumsfond and Vitterhetsakademin.