Heritage Experience Initiative – HEI

The Heritage Experience Initiative is designated as a project of strategic priority by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo. The project period runs from 2019–2023, with available positions being announced in 2018.

About the project

Heritage is engagement with the past in the present. Heritage is, therefore, entangled in, and crucial for a deeper understanding of some of the most important contemporary global challenges: migration, integration, conflict and cultural destruction, climate change, and adaptation to rapid and major technological changes.

HEI is an ambitious endeavour to develop research with a direct societal impact and new models for teaching. This will be achieved by integrating researchers, students, and heritage professionals working across different disciplines, conceptual and methodological approaches, academic and professional skills, empirical contexts, and institutions.


HEI is spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH) and the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), in partnership with the Museum of Cultural History and the Norwegian Institute in Rome.

Our initiative revolves around two main objectives:

  1. Building a durable, long-term partnership with the heritage sector, that is institutions concerned with heritage production, policy-making, management, enforcement of legislation, as well as non-governmental organisations and commercial actors.
  2. A pioneering integration of teaching and research, where learning is enriched through project-based, work-life anchored experiences, and research is driven by teaching.


Our initiative has a multi-disciplinary and theoretically informed impetus to gain deeper insights into the following two questions:

  1. What is heritage?
  2. What is the significance of heritage today?

Funding and background

HEI is funded by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo. You will find the full project description and the tentative project plan by following this link.

Working groups

Tags: Heritage, Archaeology, Cultural history, Critical heritage, Cultural heritage, History
Published May 2, 2018 10:29 AM - Last modified Mar. 27, 2019 10:29 AM