28-29 September 2017 | Berlin
Berlin Wall Memorial – Bernauer Str. 119 (corner with Gartenstrasse), 13355 Berlin, Germany


The Conference “Critical Heritages and Reflexive Europeanisation” is a two-day international event promoted by the major EU-funded research projects CoHERE and TRACES, to be held in Berlin on September 28th and 29th hosted at the Berlin Wall Memorial.

During the symposium emerging and established scholars from the two research programmes will discuss European heritage practices, narratives and their role in the current cultural context . Drawing on the two projects’ research activities and preliminary findings, the selected contributions will draw out the conference topics through three cross-thematic panels: “Neglected Heritages”, “Performing heritage(s)” and “Heritage and Crisis”. The conference will feature also voices from another EU-research project, UNREST, and from the European Commission. A keynote speech by Prof. Astrid Erll and a round table with museum researchers and practitioners, discussing post-colonial approaches to contentious collections, will complete the programme.


CoHERECritical Heritages: Performing and Representing Identities in Europe and TRACESTransmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-production are two three-year projects funded in 2016 by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, both focusing on the “Emergence and transmission of European cultural heritage and Europeanisation”.


Conference programme


Thursday 28th – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | 1st day

08.30 – 09.00 | Registration

09.00 – 09.30 | Conference Opening and Welcome

09.30 – 10.00 | Chris Whitehead and Klaus Schoenberger: “Introducing CoHERE and TRACES”

10.00 – 10.30 | Coffee break

10.30 – 11.45 | Cross-thematic Panel: “Neglected Heritages” (1st session)

11.45 – 12.45 | Cross-thematic Panel: “Performing heritage(s)” (1st session)

12.45 – 14.00 | Lunch break

14.00 – 15.15 | Cross-thematic Panel: “Performing heritage(s)” (2nd session)

15.15 – 16.30 | Cross-thematic Panel: “Heritage and crisis” (1st session)

16.30 – 17.00 | Coffee break

17.00 – 17.30 | Zoltán Krasznai: “Cultural Heritage topics in the upcoming 2018-2020 H2020 work programme and European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018”

17.30 – 18.15 | Keynote Speech: Astrid Erll, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main


Friday 29th – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | 2nd day

11.00 – 12.00 | Guided visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial site and exhibition

12.30 – 13.30 | Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00 | Roundtable “Inside, outside and in-between: Decolonizing Engagements with Contentious Collections”

15.00 – 16.15 | Cross-thematic Panel: “Performing heritage(s)” (3rd session)

16.15 – 16.45 | Coffee break

16.45 – 18.00 | Cross-thematic Panel: “Heritage and crisis” (2nd session)

18.00 – 18.30 | Closing Remarks


Cross-thematic panels

a) Neglected Heritages

Why do some pasts slip into oblivion? How are practices of remembering and forgetting shaped? Might there be cases where ‘forgetting’ is the better option? When, how and why should these heritages be ‘reactivated’, represented and transmitted?

b) Performing heritage(s): critical practices and processes

In what ways may heritage practices, processes and enactments enable the performance of multiplicity, diversity or the ‘subversive’? In what ways is heritage social and political practice? Can conflict-based, agonistic heritage practice be conducive to the creation of a new European imagination?

c) Heritage and crisis

What roles can and should heritage play to address social division and crisis in Europe? How can heritage – and especially contentious, difficult and competing heritage – contribute to a “reflexive Europeanisation”? Should it? How is heritage imbricated in conditions of crisis (social, political, ideological, financial), and how can heritage practice react to crisis?


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