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Identity and Conflict. Cultural Heritage and the re-construction of identities after conflict

Objective

This proposal aims to investigate the ways the destruction and subsequent selective reconstruction of the cultural heritage impact identity formation. Recent conflicts in Europe, as well as abroad, has brought the deliberate destruction of the heritage of others, as a means of inflicting pain, to the foreground. With this has come the realisation that the processes involved and thus the long-term consequences are poorly understood. Heritage reconstruction is not merely a matter of design and resources - at stake is the re-visioning and reconstruction of people's identities! Through five regional case studies, this project seeks to illuminate both the empircal and theoretical relationship between cultural heritage, conflict ,and identity. In particular, it will examine how destruction as well as reconstruction affect notions of belonging and identies at different scales ranging from the individual to the pan-national. The five regional studies will ensure historical depth, variation, and different trajectories, while the shared methodologies and axes of investigation will ensure comparative measures are reached. The regional work packages will use case studies to collect data and conduct analysis that collectively will aim to answer 1) what conditions and ideologies inspire the destruction of cultural heritage and what is selected for destruction?, and 2) what are the consequences at local, national and regional levels of such destruction and the subsequent reconstruction of parts of people's heritage. The project will vastly enhance insights into the crucial relationship between heritage and identity, and on this basis it will provide much needed knowledge of use to policy-makers .

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 606 932
Administrative Contact
Dawn Barker (Ms.)

Participants (8)

Stiftelsen Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning
Norway
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Storgata 2
0105 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carsten Paludan-Müller (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 29 000
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sue Angulatta (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 816
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar García-Ferrer (Ms.)
GERNIKA GOGORATUZ ASOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 547
Address
Artekalea 1 - 1
48300 Gernika - Lumo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Oyanguren Idígoras (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE PARIS-SORBONNE (PARIS IV)
France
EU contribution
€ 97 001
Address
Rue Victor Cousin 1
75230 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie-Francoise Martin (Dr.)
INSTITUTT FOR FREDSFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 117 726
Address
Hausmanns Gate 3
0186 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guido Bonino (Mr.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 117 428
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dzenan Sahovic (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 114 405
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Bösenberg (Mr.)