Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe_Towards an integrated, interdisciplinary and transnational training model in cultural heritage research and management

 CHEurope focuses on developing a new integrated theoretical and methodological framework to enhance the academic and professional training and open future job opportunities in cultural heritage preservation, management and promotion. Heritage has commonly been perceived through its contingent relationship to other areas, preventing it to be considered as a ‘legitimate’ scientific discipline. Moreover, research and practice in this field are still too often seen as separate dimensions. Thus, there is an increasing need to address these diverging trends in the expanding heritage industry with a critical approach that situates cultural heritage in its social, economic and political frameworks, as well as in professional practice.

Bringing together a network of key European academic and non-academic organisations, the project will explore the processes by which heritage is ‘assembled’ through practice-based research in partner institutions that connect students to their future job markets and publics. Our aim is to inform more conventional aspects of cultural heritage designation, care and management with a strong focus on present and future consumers. We propose an advanced learning strategy based on the emerging field of Critical Heritage Studies, which combines theoretical and instrumental knowledge at a transnational and interdisciplinary level, in a series of research seminars, summer schools and secondments. The program is based on themes where cultural heritage is undergoing profound change, such as Heritage Futures, Curating the City, Digital Heritage, Heritage and Wellbeing, and Management and Citizen Participation. In so doing, this research will have a direct impact on future heritage policies and be linked explicitly to new modes of training. These will enable future practitioners to facilitate a more democratic and informed dialogue between and across various heritage industries and their users, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in this field.

CHeurope is supported by the EU under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) - Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

Fellow ESR5 – Host institution Istituto Beni Culturali Regione Emilia Romagna (Maria Pia Guermandi ) - Urban heritage valorisation: uses and public outreach.


Museums and cultural institutions have become increasingly important actors when it comes to managing, promoting and negotiating various conceptions and understandings of our shared urban landscape and heritage, but they still lack an organic and systemic approach towards urban and social development policies, and above all implement their actions on an almost exclusively local scale. This research project thus explores the way aspects of urban heritage are managed, ‘published’ and disseminated by institutions through such activities and involves training people in a broader curatorial and public activity-oriented approach to heritage and heritage-production. A special focus will be put on Rome and its archaeological heritage, being one of the best examples of dramatic coexistence between cultural heritage and urban uses. The objectives of this WP are: *to analyse the transformations of historical centres and of their uses in relationship with the mass tourism dynamics: opportunities and critical aspects *training researchers to use/understand urban planning methodologies and design new approaches involving heritage uses as a primary focus * training researchers in design-curatorial methods and techniques, to “publish” and disseminate urban heritage *researching how to ‘publish’ and ‘disseminate’ urban heritage within and in extension of museum and institutional space. Here participatory ways of addressing and working with the public (individuals as well as groups) also are to be researched. *exploring the notion of ‘disseminating heritage’ as a research through design/practice approach to researching and curating heritage; *analysing a state-of-the art of using design-curatorial techniques in the museum space and in the extension of museum space.


Closing date for applications: 27 January 2017
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Pubblicato il 30/11/2016 — ultima modifica 04/01/2017

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