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European Universities and Cultural Heritage

Research project
Active research
Project size
2,9 millions
Project period
2018 - 2021
Project owner
The Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg

Short description

Exploring European Cultural Heritage for fostering academic teaching and social responsibility in Higher Education.

About the project

The presence and influence of universities on the closest social environment should be strengthened. Cultural heritage is diverse, but in every dimension (European, regional, local) it can perform functions that integrate communities and include underrepresented groups in the social life.

Department of Education and Special Education and Department of Historical Studies, in collaboration with Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, the Heritage Academy and social partners is about to explore the links between cultural heritage and Higher Education in international comparative perspective. Representatives of University of Gothenburg together with four international partners: University of Lower Silesia (Poland, leader), University of Malaga (Spain), The Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus) and University of Leiden (the Netherlands) will investigate in the interdisciplinary perspective, how higher education can more effectively use the resources of cultural heritage, to promote its educational and social value and to implement its own mission of a socially engaged and responsible institution.

Department of Education and Special Education »

Department of Historical Studies »

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies
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The Heritage Academy »


Partners coming from the field of education, archeology and cultural heritage management will conduct research to find out how different communities perceive the role of the university in the local environment to map the cooperation between universities and social actors involved in fostering and promoting cultural heritage. Researchers will also develop policy recommendations and interdisciplinary course curriculum on managing cultural heritage in a socially relevant way.

Target groups

Target groups in the project are academic staff, leaders of social enterprises (NGO’s), educators of cultural institutions, employers, managers and decision-makers managing the cultural heritage of the specific regions. Teachers, students and citizens of local communities are intended indirect beneficiary of the project.

Project activities and participation

Apart from the research component, EUCUL project includes also open events disseminating results in the form of local workshops, open lectures and international conference that will take place in Gothenburg and other partner cities in years 2019 – 2021. If you are interested in the project, willing to share your experience with cultural heritage in the local context or have any question, please contact Maria Persson or Adrianna Nizinska.

Research environment

Pedagogik och Politik (POP)

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS)

Project members

Maria Persson, Researcher, University of Gothenburg

Adrianna Nizinska, Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg