Critical Heritages: performing and representing identities in Europe


CoHERE explores the ways in which identities in Europe are constructed through heritage representations and performances that connect to ideas of place, history, tradition and belonging. The research identifies existing heritage practices and discourses in Europe. It also identifies means to sustain and transmit European heritages that are likely to contribute to the evolution of inclusive, communitarian identities and counteract disaffection with, and division within, the EU. A number of modes of representation and performance are explored in the project, from cultural policy, museum display, heritage interpretation, school curricula and political discourse to music and dance performances, food and cuisine, rituals and protest. Across an experienced, multidisciplinary consortium we take various theoretical and methodological approaches to these. Relevance to the work programme is ensured through key approaches, which are: 1) the relational study of productions and experiences of heritage at institutional, social and personal levels, including research into people’s activities and attitudes; 2) research by practice and the provision of publicfacing dissemination activities; and 3) the critically-informed development of instruments (e.g. models for policy, curricula, museum and heritage practice) intended to promote reflection on and valorisation of European heritages and to engender socially-inclusive attitudes. The project is multidisciplinary, including museum, heritage and memory studies, cultural history, education, musicology, ethnology, political science, archaeology, ethnolinguistics and digital interaction design. The consortium comprises 12 partners over 9 countries, including universities, an SME, two museums and a cultural network. The research covers diverse European territories and realities comparatively and in depth.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Ilaria Porciani

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà

Newcastle University(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (Denmark)
Europees Netwerk Culturele Centra Ivzw (Belgium)
Heriot Watt University (United Kingdom)
Latvijas Kulturas akademija (Latvia)
MUZEUM HISTORII ZYDOW POLSKICH-Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Poland)
Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
National And Kapodistrian University Of Athens (Greece)
Universiteit Van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Stichting Nationaal Museum Van Wereldculturen (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.499.651,75
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/04/2016
End Date: 31/03/2019

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Sustainable cities This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693289 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693289