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

Kurzbeschreibung des Projektes:

This proposal 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 will examine how destruction as well as reconstruction affect notions of belonging and identies at different scales ranging from the individual to the pan-national.
The five regional studies will ensure historical depth, variation, and different trajectories, while the shared methodologies and axes of investigation will ensure comparative measures are reached.
The regional work packages will use case studies to collect data and conduct analysis that collectively will aim to answer:
a. what conditions and ideologies inspire the destruction of cultural heritage and what is selected for destruction?
b. 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 will vastly enhance insights into the crucial relationship between heritage and identity, and on this basis it will provide much needed knowledge of use to policy-makers.

Deutsche Partner in diesem Projekt:

Technische Universität Dresden
Institut für Soziologie, Lehrstuhl für Soziologische Theorie, Theoriegeschichte und Kultursoziologie
Prof. Dr. Karl-Siegbert Rehberg

Weitere Partner:

- The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), Oslo, NO
- The University of Surrey , School of Human Sciences, Dept of Psychology, Guildford, UK
- Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Department of Anthropology, Madrid, ES
- Asociación de Investigación por la Paz Gernika Gogoratuz, Gernika, ES
- Université Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV, UFR de Géographie et Aménagement - Institut de Géographie, Paris, FR
- International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) - Cyprus Centre, Nicosia, CY
- Umeå University, Department of Political Science, Umea, SE



University of Cambridge
Dept. of Archaeology
Marie Louise Stig Sorensen

Funding Scheme:
Collaborative Project
(Small and medium scale focused research project)

Research Area:
Activity 5 - The citizen in the European Union
Area: Diversities and commonalities in Europe
Histories and indentities - Articulating national and European identities

48 months

Start date:

EC Contribution:
1.176.855 €

Proposal Number:

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