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Critical Heritages - project outcomes

CoHere NEG PMS1795From April 2016 to March 2019, the IRC led a Horizon2020 Work Package on "Cultural forms and expressions of identity in Europe". 

A team from  the IRC participated in the €2.5 million Critical Heritages (CoHERE) project, the largest and most comprehensive study to date to explore the differences in how people, groups and institutions across Europe use the past to create a sense of belonging or non-belonging. The three-year study, funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, covered a broad range of topics including how museums present the past and how 'non-official' portrayals of the past such as historical re-enactments contribute to our cultural identity. It also looked at music and dance as well as language and tourism.

The results of the research are made available in a range of formats, including online in the CoHERE Critical Archive (CCA), and in print through the Critical Heritages of Europe series (Routledge). The IRC team has contributed articles to the CCA (by Dr Kerstin Pfeiffer and Prof. Ullrich Kockel) and a Policy Brief on cultural heritage festivals in Europe, and has produced a book on Heritage and Festivals in Europe for the Routledge series, as well as contributing to other publications and to the oratorio Rivers of Our Being, which premiered at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh on St Andrew's Day 2018.


CoHERE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 693289. 

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