Jon Olav Hove

Associate Professor Department of Historical Studies
+47 73596853
Dragvoll, Edvard Bulls veg 1, Bygg 6 * 128

Background and activities

I am working as an Associate Professor in heritage studies at the Department of Historical Studies. My current research focus on memories of slavery/slave trade and colonialism in West-Africa and Scandinavia. I am teaching several courses in cultural heritage studies at the BA and MA levels. Also, i teach AFR2850, the modern history of Africa. 


  • African history and heritage
  • Colonialism
  • The transatlantic slave trade
  • Vest-Africa/Ghanaian history
  • History and memory of the slave trade in Norway

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

  • Hove, Jon Olav. (2016) Sukkerhuset i Trondheim: Historia og minnet om industrietablering og transatlantisk slavehandel. Fabrik & Bolig.
  • Hove, Jon Olav; Brindle, Jonathan Allen. (2015) Digital archives and Ghanaian history: Potential and challenges. Contemporary Journal of African Studies. vol. 3 (2).

Part of book/report

  • Hove, Jon Olav. (2017) Recreating Pre-colonial Forts and Castles: Heritage Policies and Restoration Practices in the Gold Coast/Ghana, 1945 to 1970s. Shadows of Empire: New Perspectives on European Fortifications in West Africa.
  • Hove, Jon Olav. (2013) The Volta River Project and Decolonization, 1945-57: The Rise and Fall of an Integrated Aluminum Project. Aluminum Ore: The Political Economy of the Global Bauxite Industry.


  • Hove, Jon Olav; Hernæs, Per Oluf; Osei-Tutu, J. Kwadwo. (2013) Development and Decolonisation: The Gold Coast (Ghana), 1940-1957. 2013. ISBN 978-82-471-4648-4.