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:
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.
|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|
|Title:||Identity and conflict. Cultural heritage and the reconstruction of identities after conflict|
|Coordinator:|| University of Cambridge
Department of Archaeology
UK - Cambridge
Marie Louise Stig SŘRENSEN
|EC Scientific Officer:|| DG RTD.B
Contact: Louisa ANASTOPOULOU