Waterfront heritage and waterfront renewal
Conference in Malmö, Sweden 11-12 November 2021 Call for paper – deadline April 30
It is our pleasure to announce a two-day conference on Waterfront heritage and waterfront renewal, to
be held in Malmö, Sweden, on 11-12th November 2021. The conference is organized by Lund
University, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences; Malmö University, Department of Urban
Studies; and Institute for Studies in Malmö’s history, and is funded by the Swedish National Heritage
Board. The conference will be hybrid with the possibility of participating both digitally and face-to-
The conference aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of challenges related to heritage as
well as renewal strategies in urban waterfront environments. The ambition is to bring together
perspectives from several different fields of academic research, as well as experiences from heritage
practices, planners, architects, and other professionals.
Waterfront and harbour areas in coastal cities have been subject to radical transformation during the
last decades in many parts of the world. The large-scale conversion of dock areas started in the 1970s,
and this trend became more notable during the 1990s. Urban districts that had been characterized by
warehouses, shipyards, factories and heavy infrastructure were targeted for city renewal for a number
of reasons. The structures of industrial production shifted, shipyards employing thousands closed
down, factories moved to new locations.
The logistics of trade and shipping also changed, with goods
no longer transported in the way they were during the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.
Seaside settings, proximity to city centres, and favourable situations with regard to public
transportation have made waterfront areas attractive for housing, usually on an upper economic scale.
This has also raised challenges related to questions of heritage. These environments reflect in many
cases the very epitome of the 20th-century industrial society and the infrastructure connected to it. It is
therefore a challenge to develop strategies in these urban waterfront areas that allow city renewal as
well as the integration of elements reflecting the past, both from older and modern times.
A number of sessions are presented below, and we encourage you to connect to the themes suggested
in those. However, feel free to suggest papers aiming answering other relevant questions within the
broad scope of the conference, such as: What types of memory cultures are conveyed through urban
waterfront heritage? What happens in the clash between heritages related to business as well as
working class histories, and creation of new housing aimed for high income levels? Who are invited to
participate in the planning processes? What economic, social and artistic activities develop in these
areas in connection to the older settings? How can problems connected to the large scales of the
historical structures, as well as building materials in these zones be handled?
In order to reflect ongoing urban transformations that affect waterfront areas, we also invite
Scandinavian speaking culture heritage practitioners, academics, teachers, planers and architects to
present their work and both ongoing and planned projects in workshops during the conference.
Please send a title and short description of no more than 2000 characters about your paper or
presentation, and whether you think it would fit with one of the existing sessions. Please also state
your name, address, academic degree, and institutional
affiliation. The proposals are to be sent by e-mail to
Deadline for submissions is April 30.