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Jonathan Westin

Research coordinator

Jonathan Westin
Research coordinator

Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

About Jonathan Westin

I am an archaeologist and historian at the Department of Conservation at the University of Gothenburg. In my research I study how we form our perception of culture through representations, and how these representations become part of our cultural heritage. By focusing on the communicative aspects of culture management, I approach the creation of visual representations as a negotiation process between new research and established images.

In my current research i follow the digitisation process of the Ivar Arosenius Archive. To digitise is to disassociate a material from its physicality, an ocularcentric act where multisensory qualities are translated into a purely visual form without depth. However, this disassociation allows for a mobility that makes the material reach beyond artificial contexts such as collections and archives and provoke new associations. This project, Arosenius' Metamorfoz, aims to investigate how material from the newly digitised archive of artist Ivar Arosenius can be activated as a narrative device to trace the relation between artist and subject. While the digital archive is without material depth, it allows us to stage a meeting where the object of the artist’s gaze is given voice, and the distance between them is renegotiated. As such, the art and archive of Arosenius are being repositioned as equal residues of a meeting, their association a hybrid that has the potential to give body to tensions and affect to relations.

I have published my research in the International Journal of Heritage Studies, Convergence Magazine and Visual Anthropology Review.

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Latest publications

Hemse Stave Church Revisited
Gunnar Almevik, Jonathan Westin
Lund Archaeological Review , Journal article 2018
Journal article

Assembling Arosenius : staging a digital archive
Alexandra Herlitz, Jonathan Westin
Museum Management and Curatorship, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Anchoring the archive - physical space as a digital access point to research documentation
Jonathan Westin, Gunnar Almevik, Jacob Thomas
The 3rd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA) at the University of Brighton, Brighton, UK on 19-20 June 2017., Poster 2017

Memories of a city
Jonathan Westin, Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Edited book 2017
Edited book

The Painter Is Absent
Jonathan Westin, Dick Claésson
Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift, Journal article 2017
Journal article

A virtual diorama
Jonathan Westin, Gunnar Almevik
Nordisk Museologi, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Memories of a city – introduction
Jonathan Westin, Ingrid Martins Holmberg
Memories of a city, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Introduction: what is historical game studies?
Adam Chapman, Anna Foka, Jonathan Westin
Rethinking history, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Polychronia – negotiating the popular representation of a common past in Assassin's Creed
Jonathan Westin, Ragnar Hedlund
Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, Journal article 2016
Journal article


Challenge the past / diversify the future - proceedings
Jonathan Westin, Anna Foka, Adam Chapman
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Edited book 2015
Edited book



Loss of culture: New media forms and the translation from analogue to digital books
Jonathan Westin
Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Journal article 2013
Journal article


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