Karl Magnusson

Karl Magnusson

Karl Magnusson has just been appointed Director of the Museum of  World Culture in Sweden. Previously he was the International Cooperation Manager at the National Museums of World Culture, where he worked in the office of the Director General in order to manage and coordinate external contacts with museums, universities and other relevant actors. Due to his academic background, he also managed several research projects that cut across the four museums that are part of the National Museums of World Culture. Before Magnusson entered into the museum world, he worked as researcher and teacher at the University of Gothenburg for about 10 years. His main field is international political history and he completed his PhD on the Apartheid policy in South Africa.

‘Actually, I had never before been that interested in museums, they were not high on my list of priorities on trips in Sweden or abroad’, says Magnusson. Nevertheless his research on identities such as nation, race and class made him realise the importance of cultural heritage – real and imagined. So when he got the offer to take up a position at the newly established National Museums of World Culture in year 2000, it was a great opportunity to touch base with many of the questions he had dealt with at the university.

One of his first tasks in his new job was to help coordinate the Asia Europe Conference on museums that resulted in the formation of ASEMUS. Between 2000 and 2010, he worked as Secretary of ASEMUS and was involved in the development of different projects, helped coordinate conferences and prepared Executive Committee meetings.

Magnusson’s view of ASEMUS :

‘By departing from the very practical objective of finding ways to equally share museum collections hosted by museums in Asia and Europe, ASEMUS proved to be a sound and democratic injection to the museum world. To be a vital part in the process of building up the network has been very rewarding for the National Museums of World Culture and worked as a tool to position the organisation internationally. For me personally the intense work with colleagues in Asia and Europe the last ten years has been of great joy and inspiration and I look forward to continued cooperation! ’

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