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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244305

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2010

  • End date

    31 January 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 313 720

  • EU contribution

    € 2 641 363

Coordinated by:

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

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.
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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

PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 175 678

UNIVERSITE PARIS I PANTHEON-SORBONNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 254 200

TARTU OBSERVATORY - ESTONIAN MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 68 859

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 169 240

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 190 515

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 155 424

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244305

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2010

  • End date

    31 January 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 313 720

  • EU contribution

    € 2 641 363

Coordinated by:

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden