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European Universities and Cultural Heritage

Exploring European Cultural Heritage for fostering academic teaching and social responsibility in Higher Education

The presence and influence of universities on the closest social environment should be strengthened. Cultural heritage is diverse, but in every dimension (European, regional, local) it can perform functions that integrate communities and include underrepresented groups in the social life.

Department of Education and Special Education and Department of Historical Studies, in collaboration with Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, the Heritage Academy and social partners is about to explore the links between cultural heritage and Higher Education in international comparative perspective. Representatives of University of Gothenburg together with four international partners: University of Lower Silesia (Poland, leader), University of Malaga (Spain), The Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus) and University of Leiden (the Netherlands) will investigate in the interdisciplinary perspective, how higher education can more effectively use the resources of cultural heritage, to promote its educational and social value and to implement its own mission of a socially engaged and responsible institution.

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Link to Centre for Critical Heritage Studies »
Link to the Heritage Academy »

Partners coming from the field of education, archeology and cultural heritage management will conduct research to find out how different communities perceive the role of the university in the local environment to map the cooperation between universities and social actors involved in fostering and promoting cultural heritage. Researchers will also develop policy recommendations and interdisciplinary course curriculum on managing cultural heritage in a socially relevant way.

Target groups in the project are academic staff, leaders of social enterprises (NGO’s), educators of cultural institutions, employers, managers and decision-makers managing the cultural heritage of the specific regions. Teachers, students and citizens of local communities are intended indirect beneficiary of the project.

Apart from the research component, EUCUL project includes also open events disseminating results in the form of local workshops, open lectures and international conference that will take place in Gothenburg and other partner cities in years 2019 – 2021. If you are interested in the project, willing to share your experience with cultural heritage in the local context or have any question, please contact Maria Persson or Adrianna Nizinska.

Research environment
Pedagogik och Politik (POP)
Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS)

Maria Persson, researcher
Adrianna Nizinska, universitetslektor

Financial supported
Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership for HE

Project number

Project duration and total funding

2018-2021. Total funding: 281.325 EUR

Maria Persson, maria.persson@archaeology.gu.se
Adrianna Nizinska, adrianna.nizinska@gu.se


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