CoHERE - Critical Heritages: performing and representing identities in Europe

‘Our response is to explore heritage representations and performances that connect to ideas of place, history, tradition and belonging.’

Performing and Representing Identities in Europe

CoHERE explores the ways in which identities in Europe are constructed through heritage representations and performances that connect to ideas of place, history, tradition and belonging. The research identifies existing heritage practices and discourses in Europe. It also identifies means to sustain and transmit European heritages that are likely to contribute to the evolution of inclusive, communitarian identities and counteract disaffection with, and division within, the EU.

A number of modes of representation and performance are explored in the project, from cultural policy, museum display, heritage interpretation, school curricula and political discourse to music and dance performances, food and cuisine, rituals and protest. Across an experienced, multidisciplinary consortium we take various theoretical and methodological approaches in these.

Relevance to the work programme is ensured through key approaches, which are:

  1. the relational study of productions end experiences of heritage at institutional, social and personal levels, including research into people’s activities and attitudes;
  2. research by practice and the provision of public-facing dissemination activities; and
  3. the critically-informed development of instruments (e.g. models for policy, curricula, museum and heritage practice) intended to promote reflection on and valorisation of European heritages and to engender socially-inclusive attitudes.

The project is multidisciplinary, including museum, heritage and memory studies, cultural history, education, musicology, ethnology, political science, archaeology, ethnolinguistics and digital interaction design. The consortium comprises 12 partners over 9 countries, including universities, an SME, two museums and a cultural network. The research covers diverse European territories and realities comparatively and in depth.


  • The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (coordinator)
  • Aarhus Universitet
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon
  • Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita di Bologna
  • Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Latvijas Kulturas Akademija
  • Europees Netwerk Culturele Centra IVZW
  • Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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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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