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EU funding to CCHS and partners

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and partners have received the prestigious EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks funding for a large collaborative program titled "CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe. Towards an integrated, interdisciplinary and transnational training model in cultural heritage research and management".

− We are very pleased to have received this grant and are excited to commence a broad collaboration and PhD program, says Kristian Kristiansen, professor in archaeology and director of Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS).

The program is a collaboration between universities and heritage institutions in Sweden, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Italy. The total grant is € 3 867 561 (about 35,6 Mkr) and the program will run over 4 years, including all in all 15 PhD students, three of which will be placed at the University of Gothenburg.

CHEurope focuses on developing a new integrated theoretical and methodological framework to enhance the academic and professional training and open future job opportunities in cultural heritage preservation, management and promotion. Bringing together a network of key European academic and non-academic organisations, the project will explore the processes by which heritage is ‘assembled’ through practice-based research in partner institutions that connect students to their future job markets and publics.

The aim is to inform more conventional aspects of cultural heritage designation, care and management with a strong focus on present and future consumers. The program is based on themes where cultural heritage is undergoing profound change, such as Heritage Futures, Curating the City, Digital Heritage, Heritage and Wellbeing and Management and Citizen Participation.

− This research will have a direct impact on future heritage policies and be linked explicitly to new modes of training. The focus is on facilitating a more democratic and informed dialogue between and across various heritage industries and their users, and to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in this field, says Ingrid Martins Holmberg, who is one of the UGOT researchers participating in “CHEurope”.

She is research coordinator of Curating the City/CCHS and her department, the Department of Conservation, will host one PhD in close collaboration with HDK. Other participating departments at the University of Gothenburg are the Department of Historical Studies and the Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion.

Read more about the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies here and about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network here

For more information please contact Kristian Kristiansen:
or Ingrid Martins Holmberg:, +46708387981