Niki Meixner is a video Artist and co-executive at Kulturni center universe UNIKUM at Universitaet Klagenfurt. In TRACES, he contributes to the research field "Performing Heritage: Everyday Heritage Practices in Popular Culture.”Universitaet Klagenfurt
Răzvan Anton is an artist and lecturer at the Cluj University of Art and Design and collaborator with École européenne supérieure de l’image (Poitiers - FR) and Tasuleasa Social (RO). He is the appointed artist for the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Absence as Heritage”.Cluj University of Art and Design
Michela Bassanelli is an architect, PhD and adjunct professor in interior architecture and exhibition design at Politecnico di Milano. She is contributing to TRACES as a researcher investigating exhibition design strategies for difficult heritages.Politecnico di Milano
Blaž Bajič is a PhD aspirant in Ethnology, Cultural and Social Anthropology; University of Ljubljana, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. He will participate to the project of the Creative Co-Production “Casting of Death”.University of Ljubljana
Cristina F. Colombo is an architect, PhD and adjunct professor in interior architecture and exhibition design at Politecnico di Milano. She collaborates on TRACES project in the field of “Artistic Research: Creative Co-Production Beyond Intervention”.Politecnico di Milano
Melanie Proksch is a BA student at the Institute for Cultural Analysis at Universitaet Klagenfurt. An experienced photographer and ethnographer in training, she supports the research field “Performing Heritage: Creative Everyday Practices in Popular Culture”.Universitaet Klagenfurt
Magnus Godvik Ekeland (MA University of Oslo) is a social anthropologist and a research assistant at the Department of Social Anthropology, at the University of Oslo. At TRACES he’s a scientific project assistant for the Research Filed on “Ethnographic Research on/with Art Production”.University of Oslo
Gabriela Cotaru is an architectural draftswoman. She participated in the restoration and maintenance program of the baroque Avrig Brukenthal Park and is a board member of the Romanian preservation society, Monumentum. She is one of the Hosman Durabil board members.Hosman Durabil
Matei Bellu is an artist and currently pursuing a Masters in European Ethnology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is the ethnologist working on the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Absence as Heritage” in Mediaș, Romania.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Joachim Cotaru, MA in History, is active in promoting local initiatives for the sustainable development of Southern Transylvania. Together with Gabriela Cotaru he initiated and managed the “Moara Veche” project, which restored and returned to use the old mill of Hosman village. He is one of the Hosman Durabil board members.Hosman Durabil
Laura McAtackney is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Heritage Management at Aarhus University. An archaeologist by training, she has worked on contemporary prison heritage sites for over ten years and is part of the ‘TRANSFORMING LONG KESH/MAZE PRISON: Dialogical Project to Counter the Antagonistic Politics of Architectural and Linguistic Limbo’ team.Aarhus University
Luca Basso Peressut is professor of interior architecture, exhibition design and museography at Politecnico di Milano, and coordinator of the doctoral programme in architectural, urban and interior design. He is the scientific responsible for the TRACES research field “Artistic Research: Creative Co-Production Beyond Intervention”.Politecnico di Milano
Julie Dawson is the project director and primary researcher for the Leo Baeck Institute’s long-term JBAT project. Additionally, she is off-site project director for activities at the Mediaș synagogue complex. She is the researcher responsible for the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Absence as Heritage”.Leo Baeck Institute
Francesca Lanz is lecturer in interior architecture and exhibition design at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of Politecnico di Milano. She is contributing to TRACES carrying on research in the field of museography and working as dissemination manager.Politecnico di Milano
Linda Fibiger is a Lecturer in Human Osteoarchaeology at the University of Edinburgh and Programme director of the MSc in Human Osteoarchaeology. Her research focuses on conflict and violence, past lifeways and ethics and standards within bioarchaeology. She is contributing to TRACES on the Creative Co-Production “Dead images”.University of Edinburgh
Suzana Milevska is an art historian, theorist of visual art and culture and curator from Skopje, Macedonia. She is a research fellow at Politecnico di Milano, and principal investigator for the TRACES research field “Artistic Research: Creative Co-Production Beyond Intervention”.Politecnico di Milano
Tal Adler is an artist and researcher at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is task leader of the TRACES research field “Artistic Research: Creative Co-Production Beyond Intervention” as well as team member of the Creative Co-Production “Dead Images”.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Anna Szöke is a researcher at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is contributing to TRACES as a researcher on “Contentious Collections: Research on Material Culture of Difficult Cultural Heritage”, undertaking discourse analysis on contentious cultural heritage, as well as team member of the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Dead Images”.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Katherine Kaplan holds degrees in law, economics and development studies. She is research manager for Prof Sharon Macdonald and executive manager of the Centre of Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMaH), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, providing support for the TRACES research field “Contentious Collections”.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
John Harries is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. His work focuses on issues of memory, materiality and identity, particularly in the context of settler colonialism. He is contributing to TRACES on the Creative Co-Production “Dead images”.University of Edinburgh
Marko Jenko is a curator for 20th century art at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. In his theoretical work he focuses primarily on questions concerning the knot between art, art history, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, and 20th century philosophy. He is involved in the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Casting of Death”.Museum of Modern Art
Damijan Kracina is a sculptor, media artist, scenographer and teacher at the School for Design and Photography in Ljubljana. He is a co-founder of the Domestic Research Society and involved in the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Casting of Death”.School for Design and Photography in Ljubljana
Emil Krištof is a musician, cultural worker and executive at Kulturni center universe UNIKUM at Universitaet Klagenfurt. In TRACES, he contributes to the research field "Performing Heritage: Everyday Heritage Practices in Popular Culture.”Universitaet Klagenfurt
Martin Krenn is a PhD, artist, curator and lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. He is one of the lead artists contributing on the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Transforming Long Kesh/Maze Prison”.University of Applied Arts in Vienna
Nora Landkammer is a gallery educator and researcher, deputy head of the Institute for Art Education currently developing a PhD project on decolonizing perspectives in education in ethnographic museums. She is contributing to TRACES as the scientific coordinator on the research field “Research on Education and Stakeholder Involvement”.Institute for Art Education
Erica Lehrer is a socio-cultural anthropologist and curator. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Museum and Heritage Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, where she is founding director of the Centre for Ethnographic Research Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence. She is contributing on the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Awkward Objects of Genocide”.Concordia University
Sharon Macdonald is Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Social Anthropology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Director of CARMaH, the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage. She is the Scientific Coordinator of the TRACES research field “Contentious Collections: Research on Material Culture of Difficult Cultural Heritage”.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Aisling O’ Beirn is an artist based in Belfast, PhD and lecturer in Fine Art at Ulster University. She is one of the lead artists contributing on the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Transforming Long Kesh/Maze Prison”.Ulster University
Gerhard Pilgram is an artist, author and executive at Kulturni center universe UNIKUM at Universitaet Klagenfurt. In TRACES, he contributes to the research field "Performing Heritage: Everyday Heritage Practices in Popular Culture.”Universitaet Klagenfurt
Alenka Pirman is a contemporary artist and a PhD student of Heritology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She is contributing on the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Casting of Death”.University of Ljubljana
Jani Pirnat is an art historian and curator in the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, holding a national licence of a museum curator of tangible heritage. He participates in TRACES project’s Creative Co-Production “Casting of Death”.Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Janez Polajnar works as a curator in the City Museum of Ljubljana and collects testimonials from various sources and researches general historical development of the city. He is involved in the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Casting of Death”.City Museum of Ljubljana
Regina Römhild is professor of European Ethnology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a co-founding member of the Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (BIM). She is contributing on the TRACES research field “Contentious Collections: Research on Material Culture of Difficult Cultural Heritage”.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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Marijan Rupert is Head of the Manuscript and Rare Books Collection at the National and University Library and a member of the Slovenia National Commission for UNESCO. He is involved in TRACES collaborating on the Creative Co-Production “Casting of Death”.
Karin Schneider is an historian, researcher and gallery mediator. Currently she teaches at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and she is a research associate at the Institute for Art Education at Zurich University of the Art. In TRACES, she researches “Education and Stakeholder Involvement”.Zurich University
Arnd Schneider is professor of social anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology of University of Oslo. He is involved in TRACES as the scientific coordinator for the research field “Ethnographic Research on/with Art Production”.University of Oslo
Roma Sendyka is associate professor at the Jagiellonian University and Director of the Research Center for Memory Cultures. She is contributing to TRACES as a researcher involved in the Creative Co-Production “Awkward Objects of Genocide”.Jagiellonian University
Joan Smith is an artist, lecturer in Art at the University of Edinburgh, and director of Undergraduate Studies at Edinburgh College of Art. She is involved in TRACES as a researcher in the Creative Co-Production “Dead images”.University of Edinburgh
Maria Teschler-Nicola is a human biologist and anthropologist. She is director of the Anthropological Department at the Vienna Natural History Museum, and lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She collaborates to the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Dead images”.Vienna Natural History Museum
Wojciech Wilczyk is a photographer, art critic, curator and member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers. He is collaborating on TRACES by contributing to the Creative Co-Production “Awkward Objects of Genocide”.Association of Polish Art Photographers
Magdalena Zych is a cultural anthropologist, a curator and research coordinator at the Ethnographic Museum in Cracow, and a PhD candidate at the Jagiellonian University. She collaborates in the TRACES Creative Co-Production “Awkward Objects of Genocide”Jagiellonian University
Klaus Schönberger is professor of cultural anthropology and vice-chair of the Institut für Kulturanalyse at Universitaet Klagenfurt. He is TRACES project coordinator and scientific responsible for the research field “Performing Heritage: Creative Everyday Practices in Popular Culture”.Project Coordinator
Marion Hamm, cultural anthropologist, sociologist and ethnographer, is a senior researcher at Universitaet Klagenfurt. In TRACES, she conducts ethnographic fieldwork in the Alps-Adriatic and London within the research field "Performing Heritage: Everyday Heritage Practices in Popular Culture".Universitaet Klagenfurt
Gisela Hagmair has studied applied linguistics and Scandinavian languages. During the last years she has been working in EU research projects as a researcher and management assistant. Within TRACES her main responsibilities are coordinating tasks.Universitaet Klagenfurt
Alexandra Toma has been involved with activities at the Medias Synagogue since 2014, first as a volunteer, then as the project manager assistant and currently as project manager for activities and events in the space. Toma is the on-site administrator for the Horizon 2020-funded project TRACES.Mediaș Synagogue
Founded in 1970, Universitaet Klagenfurt rapidly established itself in the academic landscape as a critical research hub in the Alpine-Adriatic region, with over 10.700 students. Four faculties cover Interdisciplinary Studies; Humanities; Technical Sciences; Management and Economics. These are connected by seven transdisciplinary research clusters, including sustainability, education and visual culture. The University of Klagenfurt and especially the Faculty of Humanities are promoting multilingualism and intercultural education, particularly with regard to the Slovenian minority in Carinthia and the Alps-Adriatic region.
The Institute for Cultural Analysis combines language, cultural theory and cultural management and takes advantage of synergies between theoretical, practice-based and artistic approaches.
The division of cultural anthropology, founded in 2015, specialises on popular culture, cultural heritage folklore studies, including digital and material cultures and practices, as well as European ethnology with a focus on ethnographic methods.
Klaus Schönberger / Gisela Hagmair / Marion Hamm / Emil Krištof / Gerhard Pilgram
Politecnico di Milano is the largest school of architecture, design and engineering in Italy, ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. Since its foundation in 1863 POLIMI has fostered high quality and innovative teaching and research activities, collaborating with the most qualified European institutions, and the industrial and cultural system.
The Department of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the main research structures in Italy in the fields of urban planning and territorial governance, conservation and intervention on natural and built heritage, historical and critical interpretation of architecture, architectural design, interior and exhibition design.
The research group involved in TRACES Project, has an extensive and recognised experience in the field of museography and design for cultural heritage. It coordinated and participated in several national and international research projects, recently including “MeLa – European Museums in an age of migrations”.
Luca Basso Peressut / Francesca Lanz / Suzana Milevska / Cristina F. Colombo / Michela Bassanelli
Founded in 1810, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is a world-class university and was named as one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence in 2012. 29 Nobel Prize Winners, 60 Cooperation and Marie Curie projects and 9 additional ERC grants have contributed to the international acclaim of its research. With more than 430 professors and 38.000 students it covers all the major academic disciplines in the Arts and Humanities as well as in Social Science, Cultural Science, Human Medicine, Agricultural Science, Mathematics, Economics, Law and the Natural Sciences. To continue and promote a strong tradition of research with social responsibility and cultural presence, and reflecting on its own role and past, is a core principle of the Humboldt-Universität.
The Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMaH) at the Institute of European Ethnology was founded by Prof Sharon Macdonald as part of her Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in October 2015. CARMaH aims to deepen understanding of the dynamics and potentials of museums and heritage in the contemporary world by identifying and analyzing the significant social, cultural and political developments facing museums and heritage today.
Sharon Macdonald / Tal Adler / Anna Szöke / Regina Römhild / Katherine Kaplan
The University of Oslo was founded in 1811 as the first in Norway. Today it is the country’s largest public institution of research and higher learning and the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway. With five Nobel Prize winners, The University of Oslo has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.
As a classical university with a broad range of academic disciplines, the University of Oslo has top research communities in most areas. Moreover, it currently has 8 National Centres of Excellence and a strategic focus on interdisciplinary research in the field of energy and life sciences in particular.
The Department of Social Anthropology is the largest and highest ranked institute for Anthropological research in Norway. The Department offers Bachelor and Masters programmes, as well as a doctoral programme with approximately 30 students.
The department hosts an advanced grant from the European Research Council; OVERHEATING – The three crises of globalisation: An anthropological history of the early 21st century. The Department cooperates with all leading research institutions in Norway, and some leading institutions abroad.
Arnd Schneider / Magnus Godvik Ekeland
The Institute for Art Education is a research institute at Zurich University of the Arts, directed by Carmen Mörsch. The Institute’s work is situated at the interface between cultural theories, artistic practices and the development of educational theory in art education. Research at the Institute for Art Education is dedicated to the teaching of the arts in schools on the one hand, and, on the other, to museum and gallery education as well as cultural education and mediation in the social environment and the public sphere. This is where the Institute for Art Education’s contribution is located: in the fields of artistic-pedagogical work, research as well as decision-making in cultural politics, the institute works towards being a partner and a reference for actors shaping these fields from a critical perspective and whose aim is the constructive enhancement of practice.
Nora Landkammer / Karin Schneider
Founded in 2005, the Hosman Durabil Association is composed of a group of local activists based in southern Transylvania, Romania. Its core focus is the sustainable development of the village of Hosman and the Hârtibaciu valley, a region bordered by the towns of Brașov, Sibiu, Mediaș and Sighișoara. Hosman Durabil hosts CCP1 “Absence as Heritage”, but activities for this CCP take place at the synagogue complex in Mediaș. In 2008, a large number of documents, books and objects belonging to the former Jewish Community in Mediaș was discovered in the women’s balcony of the locked synagogue. A project to catalogue and partially digitise this archive took place in 2014-2015; the results are now available online.
Today the synagogue complex hosts a range of cultural activities from film viewings to concerts to celebratory and educational events related to Jewish holidays and has become a gathering space for various community groups.
Răzvan Anton / Joachim Cotaru / Gabriela Cotaru / Julie Dawson / Alexandra Toma
The Natural History Museum Vienna is one of the largest, oldest, and most important natural history museums in the world. Its collections were founded in 1750 by Emperor Franz I Stephan of Lorraine, the husband of Maria Theresa. Today it houses a number of unique collections with about 30 million specimens and artefacts and welcomes more than 640.000 visitors per year.
Research departments include anthropology, botany, geology, mineralogy, petrology, palaeontology, prehistory, and zoology, as well as an archive and extensive libraries. With about 60 scientists carrying out fundamental research in a wide range of fields related to earth sciences, life sciences and human sciences, the NHM is one of the largest non-university research centres in Austria. Several technical departments, scientific laboratories, and taxidermy facilities complete the portfolio of the museum.
Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, making a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland and the world.
Social Anthropology is a major international centre of undergraduate and postgraduate training, and offers regional specialisations in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
The Archaeology Department places the subject in the modern world. Research areas range from early prehistory to the Byzantine world and include a range of scientific expertise, notably within bioarchaeology, including osteoarchaeology and forensic anthropology.
The College of Art College enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research across the disciplines of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture, history of art and music and ideally placed to engage with the challenges of the future.
John Harries / Linda Fibiger / Joan Smith
Jagiellonian University is a leading research institution in Poland, comprising 15 departments. The Polish Studies is considered the best Polish Studies Department Poland-wide.
In 2006 Jagiellonian University was awarded the Crystal Brussels Prize for its active and successful participation in the 6th Framework Programmes of the European Union. Jagiellonian University managed international research and educational projects within different programmes, such as: Horizon2020, 7th Framework Programme, Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus+ COST and many others.
The Research Centre for Memory Cultures was established on October 1, 2014. It focusses on contested aspects of collective memory in Poland, difficult heritage and transmission of memory (post-memory). It runs a project: “Unmemorialised Genocide Sites and Their Impact on Collective Memory, Cultural Identity, Ethical Attitudes and Intercultural Relations in Contemporary Poland”.
Roma Sendyka / Magdalena Zych / Erica Lehrer / Wojciech Wilczyk
Ulster University was established in 1968 as the New University of Ulster. In 1984 it merged with Ulster Polytechnic to become University of Ulster operating across four campuses in Northern Ireland. However it can trace its roots back to 1845 and 1849 respectively when Magee College was founded in Derry and the School of Art and Design was established in Belfast. The University has recently rebranded itself as Ulster University (2014), being ranked as one of the top five universities in the UK for world- leading research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing and art and design.
The Research Institute for Art and Design (RIAD), Director Professor Karen Fleming, supports and promotes research conducted by art, design and architecture staff. Ulster has over 3 decades of art and design PHDs including PhD with practice.
Dr. Aisling O’ Beirn and Dr. Martin Krenn are the lead artists being hosted by Ulster University on the TRACES project. Their project is entitled TRANSFORMING LONG KESH/MAZE PRISON Dialogical Project to Counter the Antagonistic Politics of Architectural and Linguistic Limbo.
Aisling O’ Beirn / Martin Krenn
The Domestic Research Society was established by Damijan Kracina, Alenka Pirman and Jani Pirnat in 2004 to record, collect, research and present domestic phenomena. The members have been active in the field of contemporary art since 1991. They strive to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research, which enables the development of innovative approaches in contemporary art, actually addressing a broader audience. Most of the Domestic Research Society’s projects start with an unorthodox interdisciplinary research, usually with a help from various collaborators or institutions.
The current “Casting of Death” research focuses on the death masks from the heritage institutions’ collections in Slovenia. The artistic/curatorial collective will research the phenomenon together with the curators from the National and University Library, the Museum of Modern Art, and the City Museum of Ljubljana.