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Cultural Opposition: Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries

Objective

The project proposes both to create an electronic registry of representative online and offline, private and public collections of cultural opposition in all former socialist countries in Europe and to study the origins, uses and changing roles of these collections in their social, political and cultural contexts. We seek to further an understanding of how these (private and public, alternative and mainstream) collections work, what functions they serve in their respective societies, and how they represent their holdings to the public. The project will examine the legal and political circumstances that determined the collections before 1989 and the conditions that shape them in the post-socialist period. The analyses of the collections will identify various types of cultural opposition.

Objectives include: 1. an online registry and a transnational database of collections in the original languages and English that will be accessible to European archival platforms and networks; 2. descriptions of and guides to the collections to enhance the quality of research and provide guidance on the role of the EU in this respect; 3. country reports on the collections and proposals concerning methods of preserving cultural heritage, and a handbook on various types of cultural opposition represented by the collections; 4. online curriculum development and digital content for educational purposes; 5. a documentary film festival, traveling and online exhibitions and local media events based on selected collections; 6. a set of recommendations concerning how to exhibit the cultural opposition movements of former socialist countries for the House of European History.

This project will highlight the positive aspects of the former cultural opposition movements, such as democratic participation, autonomy and cultural plurality, and will remind us of an important pan-European truth: that civic courage can produce genuine cultural values even under authoritarian rule.

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

H2020-REFLECTIVE-SOCIETY-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

BOLCSESZETTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Address
Toth Kalman Utca 4
1097 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 357 410

Participants (11)

INSTYTUT FILOZOFII I SOCJOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 195 180
Address
Nowy Swiat 72
00 330 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 175 750
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STIFTUNG ZUR ERFORSCHUNG VON OST- UND SUDOSTEUROPA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 451 750
Address
Landshuter Strasse 4
93047 Regensburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
TARSADALOMTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 250 752,50
Address
Toth Kalman U 4
1097 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIETUVOS ISTORIJOS INSTITUTAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 118 900
Address
Kraziu 5
01108 Vilnius
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 127 150
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 176 525
Address
Soseaua Panduri 90
050663 Bucuresti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HRVATSKI INSTITUT ZA POVIJEST
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 143 950
Address
Opaticka 10
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERZITA KOMENSKEHO V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 138 075
Address
Safarikovo Nam 6
814 99 Bratislava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 151 375
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 198 100
Address
Kende Utca 13-17
1111 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations