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Critical Heritages of Europe


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The Critical Heritages of Europe series seeks to explore the cultural and social politics of the European past in the present. Bridging theoretical and empirical research, the series accommodates broad understandings of Europe – a shifting and historically mutable entity, made both of internal tensions and exogenous encounters, re-imaginings and influences. ‘Heritage’ too is taken as an expansive paradigm, made in myriad practices where the past is valorised for the present, from folk traditions to museums and memorials, the management of historic sites and traditions, and everyday matters such as education, political discourse, home life, food consumption and people’s relations with place.

Books in the series engage with European heritages in critical times – in all senses – when Europe and mobilizations of its heritages and memories are called upon to solve problems, and when contests over the meanings of the past are part of wider social and political relations and tensions. Heritage practices are variously informed by civil and uncivil visions, the politics of difference and co-presence, difficult pasts, relations with the ‘outside’, borders, margins, and migrations. Critical questions include:

  • What is the European past made to do in the present and for the future?
  • What counts as European heritage? To whom, and why?
  • How and why do relationships with, and attitudes to, the past inform identity positions, social orders and moral values in, or in relation to, Europe?
  • When and where in the (wider) world do European heritages configure identities?
  • What are the contemporary meanings and effects of global encounters, mobilities and trajectories in which Europe has played roles?
  • What theoretical and critical perspectives can be articulated to contribute new understandings of European heritages? How might these be made relevant for current and future heritage practice?
  • What are the relations between theory, criticality, ethics and heritage practice in the European dimension?

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Dimensions of Heritage and Memory: Multiple Europes and the Politics of Crisis

Dimensions of Heritage and Memory: Multiple Europes and the Politics of Crisis

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Christopher Whitehead, Susannah Eckersley, Gönül Bozoğlu, Mads Daugbjerg
October 15, 2019

Dimensions of Heritage and Memory is a landmark contribution on the politics of the past in Europe today. The book explores the meanings of heritage in a time of crisis, when the past permeates social and political divisions, identity contests and official projects to forge a European community....

Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities

Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ullrich Kockel, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve, Máiréad Nic Craith
August 26, 2019

Heritage and Festivals in Europe critically investigates the purpose, reach and effects of heritage festivals. Providing a comprehensive and detailed analysis of comparatively selected aspects of intangible cultural heritage, the volume demonstrates how such heritage is mobilised within events that...

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Areti Galani, Rhiannon Mason, Gabi Arrigoni
July 12, 2019

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices focuses on the intersection of heritage, dialogue and digital culture in the context of Europe. Responding to the increased emphasis on the potential for heritage and digital technologies to foster dialogue and engender communitarian identities in...

Classical Heritage and European Identities: The Imagined Geographies of Danish Classicism

Classical Heritage and European Identities: The Imagined Geographies of Danish Classicism

1st Edition

Lærke Maria Andersen Funder, Troels Myrup Kristensen, Vinnie Nørskov
February 19, 2019

Classical Heritage and European Identities examines how the heritages of classical antiquity have been used to construct European identities, and especially the concept of citizenship, in Denmark from the eighteenth century to the present day. It implements a critical historiographical perspective...

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