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European national museums: Identity politics, the uses of the past and the European citizen

Objective

National museums are authoritative spaces for display and negotiation of community and citizenship. Through collecting and creating repositories of scientific, historic and aesthetic objects choices are made that protect and narrate ideas of virtues, unicity and place in the wider world. Explicitly and implicitly territorial identities are negotiated and related both to ideas in the tradition of universalistic enlightenment and through its selection and narration presenting formative ideas of who belongs to what political and cultural entity, why and with what consequences. This is done by negotiating different claims on what citizenship means, the relationship with competing political projects on sub-national and supra-national levels, and by calling on universalistic values and virtues as basis of claimed unicity and value of community, belonging and pride. EuNaMus explore the creation and power of the heritage of European national museums to the world, Europe and its states as an unsurpassable institution in contemporary society. In order to shape cultural policy for an expanding European Union the understanding of one of its most enduring institutions for creating and contesting political identities is necessary. The focus is on understanding the conditions for using the past in negotiations that recreate citizenship, and on the understanding of layers of territorial belonging beyond the actual nation-state. The research is pursued through multi-disciplinary collaboration between eight leading institutions and a series of work packages studying institutional path dependencies, the handling of conflicts, modes of representation, cultural policy and visitors experiences in national museums. Understanding the cultural force of national museums will provide citizens, professionals and policy makers with reflexive tools to better communicate and create a common understanding of diversity and community in developing cultural underpinning for democratic governance.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 962 460
Administrative Contact
Peter åbrodd (Mr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 664 987
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Adams (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 175 678
Address
Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Mytilini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Bounia (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS I PANTHEON-SORBONNE
France
EU contribution
€ 254 200
Address
Place Du Pantheon 12
75231 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dominique Poulot (Prof.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 68 859
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kristin Kuutma (Prof.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 169 240
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ragnhild Rebne (Ms.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 190 515
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Diego Torresan (Dr.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 155 424
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zsuzsanna Gabor (Ms.)