Accepted paper:

Island memories: souvenirs and everyday life

Authors:

Carina Johansson (Gotland University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper explores the relationship between souvenirs, place and everyday life. With Gotland in the Baltic sea as example, I examine the production of souvenirs and what is happening when the tourist are at home again and the chosen objects are a part of daily life.

Paper long abstract:

This paper explores the relationship between souvenirs, place and everyday life. With a small island, Gotland, in the Baltic sea as example, a tourist site since the 19th century, I examine bouth the production of souvenirs for sale to tourists and what is happening when the traveller are at home again and the objects are a part of daily life. Which functions do souvenirs have as commodities and as a chosen object in a home? Aspects as aesthetic, gifts, memory, identity, nostalgia and collections are discussed.

panel P118
Objects, domestic routines and the making of everyday life