Culture is at the heart of European integration and the current challenges it faces. On the one hand, crucial European societal challenges of our days like migration, integration, solidarity or the debates on an ever closer European integration are framed in cultural terms. On the other hand, research shows clear evidence of a much higher degree of Europeanisation than generally assumed of every-day culture and life practices of European citizens. This demonstrates that Europe is now part of the cultural life horizon of a significant section of the population, and not just of the elite as is commonly suggested.
The resilience, cohesion and innovative potential of European societies are strongly conditioned by beliefs, languages and identities, as well as by collective representations and constructions of past and present realities and expectations about the future. President Juncker highlighted in his 2015 State of the Union speech that "We are too seldom proud of our European heritage and our European project". Research in the humanities and social sciences is well-placed for making important contributions to creating a new, positive narrative for Europe by studying the emergence of a European public sphere, a European citizenship and a European cultural space of exchange and creativity.
Culture, cultural heritage, and the wider creative sector also have a widely recognised potential for further innovation, growth and job creation, and can reinforce the sense of sharing a common past, a common present and a common European future.
To Enable Better Informed and Effective Citizens Participation in EuropeSeptember 2013 107 KB
The main objective of RICHES is to reduce the distance between people and culture, recalibrating the relationship between heritage professionals and heritage users in order to maximise cultural creativity.April 2016: PB-1 898 KB , PB-2 1.0 MB , PB-3 732 KB , PB-4 798 KB