POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Newcastle University are organizing a conference on the topic “Who is Europe?” which will be held on 22nd and 23rd November 2018 at POLIN Museum in Warsaw.
This final conference of the CoHERE Project (Critical Heritages: performing and representing identities in Europe), funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, analyses differing productions and meanings of the European past in the present. Drawing on the notion of crisis, we will reflect on questions of transformation and belonging relating to: dynamics of European identities; strategic uses of European heritages; and the Europeanisation of memory.
The CoHERE project seeks to identify and understand European heritages (engaging with their socio-political and cultural significance) and their potential for developing communitarian identities. CoHERE addresses an apparently intensifying EU crisis through a study of relations between identities and representations and performances of the past. It explores the ways in which heritages can be used for division and isolation, or to find a common ground. The project aims to propose governmental, institutional and educational strategies that would respond, on the basis of dialogue between different narrations and memories, to the crisis of European identity.
The conference will be attended by the participants of the CoHERE project from Newcastle University (coordinator of the project), Aarhus University, Amsterdam University, University of Athens, Istanbul Bilgi University, University of Bologna, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Latvian Academy of Culture, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, European Network of Cultural Centres (Brussels), National Museum of World Cultures (Leiden), POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw) and other researchers from Poland and abroad.
The conference is open to the public, and will be of interest to academics from a wide range of disciplines, as well as to museum and heritage professionals. Registration details will be available on the POLIN website soon.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693289.