Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson is professor at the University of Iceland, department of Folkloristics/Ethnology and Museum Studies, School of Social Sciences.
Hafsteinsson has been director of three museums; Reykjavik Museum of Photography, the National Film Archive, and the District Culture Center in Husavik. He has also worked at museums that include the University of Iceland Art Museum, the National Museum of Iceland and the Reykjavik Museum. His fields of research have included indigenous media and democracy, visual culture and identities, death, representation, subjectivities, ethics and power, museums and cultural politics.
His latest books are Indigenous Screen Cultures in Canada (2010) published by University of Manitoba Press, Unmasking Deep Democracy published by Intervention Press (2013) and Phallological Museum (2014) published by LIT Verlag. Hafsteinsson was co-ordinator of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Media Anthropology Network (2008-2010).
About the lecture
In his presentation Hafsteinsson will talk about Sigurður Guðmundsson´s (1833-1874) research and influences in relation to Icelandic turf house architectural heritage and its preservation. Guðmundsson was influenced by European colonial attitudes which shaped his values of the Icelandic architectural heritage. As one of the founders of the National Museum of Iceland (established in 1863) and its first curator, he formed the museum´s policies towards turf houses and their preservation value, that are still prevalent at the advent of the 21st century.
What: Lecture by Sigurjón Hafsteinsson
About: The Birth of Icelandic Architectural Heritage and Preservation
Where: Reinwardt Academy
Addres: Hortusplantsoen 1-3, 1018TZ Amsterdam
Time: start 16.00 (doors open:15.30)
Register via: http://www.reinwardtcommunity.nl/nl/page/13780/open-lecture-by-sigurjon-hafsteinsson