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Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe

Objective

The main purpose of this project is to deliver new empirical yet also theoretically informed knowledge of those memory agents, practices and contexts capable of countering fixed and essentialist war and conflict memories, opening them to reflexive reinterpretation and change. Theoretically, the project will develop the concept of an agonistic ethico-political mode of remembering as distinct from the antagonistic and cosmopolitan modes, and provide a thick description of their defining characteristics. A related aim is to assess which of the two reflective modes, the cosmopolitan or the agonistic, best contributes to a shared European ethico-political framework and transnational solidarity.
Empirically, the project will test the different ethico-political modes of remembering in contemporary heritage discourses and practices by different memory milieus located at various territorial scales in relation to some of the armed conflicts of the 20th century with an enduring legacy. By exploring the relationship between 1) the modes of remembering being negotiated and contested in various European settings; 2) the memory agents promoting them (heritage professionals, policy-makers, historians, creative artists, socio-political activists); and 3) material and immaterial heritage (museums, burial sites, media, visual and written culture), the project will assess how, why and in which contexts certain modes of remembering the violent past are able to prevail as well as their articulation with various territorial identities.

Call for proposal

H2020-REFLECTIVE-SOCIETY-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 519 000

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 798 093
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 323 560
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 268 333,75
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
MAMBRINO SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 244 600
Address
Calle Embajadores 32 2 C
28012 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 123 562
Address
Plac Defilad 1
00 901 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STIFTUNG ZOLLVEREIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 212 500
Address
Bullmannaue 11
45327 Essen
Activity type
Other