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, Stockholm City Museum.

Due to the Corona situation (Covid-19) the conference Behind the scenes of the city, originally planned to be held November 18-19 2020, has been postponed until next year. Please join us in (preliminary) late September 2021 instead. If you have already registered for the conference we will send out a new registration link in due time. It will also be published on this site.

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 projectBekönade 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 ColominaHoward Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture, Princeton School of ArchitectureFounding 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 with the program. Due to the conference being postponed the program may change, though we hope for all participants to join us on the new dates in 2021. Here you can download the full programfull program of the conferencethat was planned for November 18th and 19th 2020.


Download the full program of the coference here.

Stockholmia in association withRiksbankens jubileumsfondandVitterhetsakademin.