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Expansion and Diversity: Digitally mapping and exploring independent performance in Gothenburg 1965-2000

The project aims to take on the urgent challenge of accounting for diversity in late 20th century performance history. Using among other materials data from digitized newspapers, we will explore the following research question: How can a more inclusive history of independent performance be created by combining historiographical and urban analysis with the capabilities of new information technologies? Drawing on previous research on independent performance in Gothenburg 1965–2000, the city will be used as a case study to investigate the unresolved historiographical problem of accounting for diversity within the expanded performance field. During the project’s first year the National Library will digitize Gothenburg newspapers and an online database combining scholarly and digital expertise will be constructed. During the second year, we will digitally explore reviews and often devalued source materials such as adverts, captions and photographs, feeding new empirical results into the online database. For example, carnivals employing migrants, outreach performances for children, and queer events will be mapped. In the third year, with the completion of the online database and its accompanying studies, it will be possible to re-conceptualize how a very diverse performance heritage is historically and spatially represented. Consequently, new research questions as well as digital methods and models will emerge to help include and make accessible a cultural heritage engaging many different people.

The project is led by Astrid von Rosen, art and performing arts historian, and Cecilia Lindhé, scholar of comparative literature and leader of the Centre for Digital Humanities. Participating scholars are theatre historian Mikael Strömberg and urban sociologist Helena Holgersson. The GIS experts Johan Åhlfeldt and Ida Storm are also participating in the project.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, the National Library and the National Archives.

Project leaders: Astrid von Rosen and Cecilia Lindhé
Project duration: 2019-2021
Funding: Swedish Research Council
 

Page Manager: Katarina Wignell|Last update: 2/28/2019
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