Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union: The European Heritage Label, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union

The European Heritage Label, 1st Edition

By Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Viktorija L.A Čeginskas, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Katja Mäkinen, Johanna Turunen


304 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367148355
pub: 2020-04-01
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Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union provides an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which European cultural heritage is created, communicated, and governed via the new European Heritage Label scheme.

Drawing on ethnographic field research conducted at sites in ten countries that have been awarded with the European Heritage Label, the authors of the book approach heritage as an entangled social, spatial, temporal, discursive, narrative, performative, and embodied process. Recognising that heritage is inherently political and used by diverse actors as a tool for re-imagining communities, identities, and borders, and for generating notions of inclusion and exclusion in Europe, the book also considers the idea of Europe itself as a narrative. Chapters tackle issues such as multilevel governance of heritage; geopolitics of border-crossings and border-making; participation and non-participation; and embodiment and affective experience of heritage.

Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union advances heritage studies with an interdisciplinary approach that utilises and combines theories and conceptualizations from critical geopolitics, political studies, EU and European studies, cultural policy research, and cultural studies. As such, the volume will be of interest to scholars and students engaged in the study of heritage, politics, belonging, the EU, ideas and narratives of Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Europeanizing cultural heritage

I Governing Europe

1 Multilevel and participatory governance of European cultural heritage in the EU

2 Economics and branding European cultural heritage

II Geo-graphing Europe

3 Geo-graphing European cultural heritage

4 Heritage and bordering: unity in diversity and difference

III Engaging Europe

5 Participation: inclusive and exclusive heritage

6 Constructing communities through participation

IV Embodying Europe

7 Heritage sites as poly-space

8 Bodies in European cultural heritage

9 Europe’s gendered heritage

Conclusions: Narrating Europe through cultural heritage

About the Authors

Tuuli Lähdesmäki is a Senior Researcher and an Adjunct Professor working at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä in Finland.

Viktorija L.A. Ceginskas is a Postdoctoral Researcher working at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus is a University Lecturer working at the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki in Finland.

Katja Mäkinen is a Senior Researcher working at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Johanna Turunen is a Doctoral Candidate working at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

About the Series

Critical Heritages of Europe

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology