Horizon 2020 Cultural Heritage Project (CoHERE)

Oct. 31, 2018, 1:36 p.m.

Horizon 2020 Cultural Heritage Project (CoHERE)


Today, we would like to inform you about our ongoing Horizon 2020 project called Critical Heritages: performing and representing identities in Europe (CoHERE).

In this project, which began in April 2016 researchers have been exploring what makes us feel ‘European’  Istanbul Bilgi University’s European Institute is a part of the consortium led by Newcastle University.

Investigators look at how heritage brings people from countries across the continent together as ‘European’ – and how it can drive them apart.

The €2.5 million Critical Heritages (CoHERE) project is 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.

There are various research within the CoHERE project.

Museums: CoHERE covers 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.

Music, Dance, Languages and Tourism: It looks at music and dance, as well as language and tourism. Researchers also investigate how politicians and the media use the past, and how these influence attitudes towards Islam, and minority groups across Europe.

Food as Heritage: The project explores food as heritage. From traditional specialities that have protected designation of origin statuses such as Feta cheese or Melton Mowbray pork pies to differences in eating or cooking practices, the study investigates how different cuisines shape perceptions of the past and identity throughout Europe.


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


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