Heritage, Memory and Reconciliation: Central Concepts and Methods in the Study and Dissemination of Church History“

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“Heritage, Memory and Reconciliation: Central Concepts and Methods in the Study and Dissemination of Church History“ The paper’s point of departure is the separation between the Church of Sweden and the Swedish state. Nordback will discuss church history’s role within the Swedish higher education system. She will explain how and why the discipline’s conditions are changing and give some examples of theoretical and methodological trends that can be important for the discipline in the future. This process has had major consequences for the dissemination of Church history in Sweden. The ownership for all churches was regulated and the responsibility for the ecclesiastical cultural heritage was settled in the Act concerning Ancient Monuments and Finds (1988:950). The church of Sweden became the legal owner – but the buildings and all the objects of historical value was seen as a concern all citizens and not just members of the Church of Sweden. Therefore, the state distributes an ecclesiastical heritage grant to the Church of Sweden and demands in return that the church shall preserve and manage this material heritage and also make it available to the citizens. Naturally, this latter aspect is an important task for church historians, since it concerns both the study of and the dissemination of church history. What significance shall the churches' cultural heritage and memory obtain in research? Which is the role for Church historians in this dissemination? The second part of

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