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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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The interactive museum and its non-human actants
Jonathan Westin
The Journal Nordic Museology, Journal article 2011
Journal article


Imaging the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor
Thommy Eriksson, Jonathan Westin
Archeomatica, Journal article 2010
Journal article


Displaying Via Tecta - Visualisation and communication
Jonathan Westin, Barbro Santillo Frizell
Via Tiburtina - Space, movement and artefacts in the urban landscape (Editors Hans Bjur, Barbro Santillo Frizell), Stockholm, The Swedish Institute, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

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