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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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Decolonizing Colonial Heritage New Agendas, Actors and Practices in and beyond Europe

Decolonizing Colonial Heritage: New Agendas, Actors and Practices in and beyond Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Britta Timm Knudsen, John Oldfield, Elizabeth Buettner, Elvan Zabunyan
September 27, 2021

Decolonizing Colonial Heritage explores how different agents practice the decolonization of European colonial heritage at European and extra-European locations. Assessing the impact of these practices, the book also explores what a new vision of Europe in the postcolonial present could look like. ...

Islam and Heritage in Europe Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities

Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Katarzyna Puzon, Sharon Macdonald, Mirjam Shatanawi
June 22, 2021

Islam and Heritage in Europe provides a critical investigation of the role of Islam in Europe’s heritage. Focusing on Islam, heritage and Europe, it seeks to productively trouble all of these terms and throw new light on the relationships between them in various urban, national and transnational ...

Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union The European Heritage Label

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
May 12, 2020

Creating and Governing Cultural Heritage in the European Union: The European Heritage Label 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 ...

Food Heritage and Nationalism in Europe

Food Heritage and Nationalism in Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Ilaria Porciani
November 11, 2019

Food Heritage and Nationalism in Europe contends that food is a fundamental element of heritage, and a particularly important one in times of crisis. Arguing that food, taste, cuisine and gastronomy are crucial markers of identity that are inherently connected to constructions of place, tradition ...

European Memory in Populism Representations of Self and Other

European Memory in Populism: Representations of Self and Other

1st Edition

Edited By Chiara De Cesari, Ayhan Kaya
October 10, 2019

European Memory in Populism explores the links between memory and populism in contemporary Europe. Focusing on circulating ideas of memory, especially European memory, in contemporary populist discourses, the book also analyses populist ideas in sites and practices of remembrance that usually tend ...

Populism and Heritage in Europe Lost in Diversity and Unity

Populism and Heritage in Europe: Lost in Diversity and Unity

1st Edition

By Ayhan Kaya
September 26, 2019

Populism and Heritage in Europe explores popular discourses about European and national heritage that are being used by specific political actors to advance their agendas and to prevent minority groups from being accepted into European society. Investigating what kind of effect the politics of fear...

Heritage and Festivals in Europe Performing Identities

Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities

1st Edition

Edited By Ullrich Kockel, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve, Máiréad Nic Craith
September 10, 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...

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

Edited By Christopher Whitehead, Susannah Eckersley, Mads Daugbjerg, Gönül Bozoğlu
August 05, 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. ...

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices

1st Edition

Edited By Areti Galani, Rhiannon Mason, Gabi Arrigoni
July 18, 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

By 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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