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CRIC - Identity and conflict. Cultural heritage and the reconstruction of identities after conflict


This project 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, have 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 revisioning and reconstruction of people’s identities!

Through five regional case studies, this project seeks to illuminate both the empirical and theoretical relationship between cultural heritage, conflict, and identity.

In particular, it examines how destruction as well as reconstruction affect notions of belonging and identities at different scales ranging from the individual to the pan-national.

The five regional studies ensure historical depth, variation, and different trajectories, while the shared methodologies and axes of investigation ensure that comparative measures are reached.

The regional work packages use case studies to collect data and conduct analysis that collectively answers the following questions:

  • what conditions and ideologies inspire the destruction of cultural heritage and what is selected for destruction?

  • 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 intends to vastly enhance insights into the crucial relationship between heritage and identity, and on this basis to provide much needed knowledge of use to policy-makers.

Proposal: 217411
Funding scheme: Collaborative Project (Small and medium scale focused research project)
Activity Activity 5 - The citizen in the European Union
Research area: Diversities and commonalities in Europe
Topic: Histories and indentities - Articulating national and European identities
Estimated EC contribution: €1 176 855
Starting date: 01.02.2008
Duration: 48 months
Title: Identity and conflict. Cultural heritage and the reconstruction of identities after conflict
Acronym: CRIC
Keywords: -
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Coordinator: University of Cambridge
Department of Archaeology
UK - Cambridge
Marie Louise Stig SŘRENSEN
Partners' List:
  • Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research
    NO – Oslo
  • University of Surrey
    School of Human Sciences,
    Department of Psychology
    David UZZELL
    UK – Guildford
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
    Department of Anthropology
    ES – Madrid
  • Asociación de Investigación por la Paz
    Gernika Gogoratuz
    ES – Gernika
  • Université Paris Sorbonne- Paris IV
    UFR de Géographie et Aménagement
    Institut de Géographie
    Jean-Paul AMAT
    FR – Paris
  • International Peace Research Institute,
    Oslo (PRIO) – Cyprus Centre
    CY – Nicosia
  • Umeĺ University
    Department of Political Science
    Dzenan SAHOVIC
    SE – Umea
  • Technische Universität Dresden
    Institut für Soziologie,
    Lehrstuhl für Soziologische Theorie,
    Theoriegeschichte und Kultursoziologie
    Karl-Siegbert REHBERG
    DE – Dresden
EC Scientific Officer: DG RTD.B
Contact: Louisa ANASTOPOULOU
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