Research topic: Cultural heritage
As a concept, cultural heritage is defined as the overall platform of history and experience on which our society rests.
Cultural heritage can be traced in varied forms of expression, including, among other things, written sources and the preserved remnants of physical structures and objects from prehistoric times, as well as in our legacy of immaterial culture in the form of habits and customs.
The existence of such historic and prehistoric remains has made cultural heritage a factor in the creation of identity, such as, for example, in the Norwegian process of nation-building after 1905, when the finding of the Oseberg ship played a decisive role in the passing of Norway's first Cultural Heritage Act.
Key areas of debate within the field of cultural history include issues relating to preservation and ownership. To what extent should our cultural heritage, such as, for example, ancient buildings, be preserved at the expense of innovation in society today? Is cultural heritage something that belongs to everyone, or are there groups or regions that have greater ownership rights over parts of the world's cultural heritage?