The Common Space
At Karlstad University there is a project called The Common Space. The project is funded by the Swedish heritage board. The project started in 2017 and is scheduled to run over three years.
The purpose is to explore ways that heritage can be incorporated into history education and used to address processes of migration and cultural encounters. School history tends to construct narratives around distinct ethnic groups and nation-states. The dominant metanarrative risks enhancing preconceptions of homogeneous cultural and geopolitical boundaries. The cultural heritage is part of "a common space" that affords rich opportunities to highlight the ways multiculturality has always been inherent to history. The goal is to develop an educational resource to guide intercultural education (school years 46 and newcomers) to be used by history and heritage educators.
The project is led by Kenneth Nordgren, Karlstad University and Maria Johansson Karlstad University and Globala gymnasiet, Stockholm.
Other participants in the project are:
Ulrik Holmberg, Globala gymnasiet, Stockholm & Karlstads universitet
Patrik Johansson, Globala gymnasiet, Stockholm & Stockholms universitet
Kristin Mikalsen, Karlstads universitet
Martin Stolare, Karlstads universitet
Susanna Zidén, Historiska museet, Stockholm