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Diversity of Belonging in Europe
Public Spaces, Contested Places, Cultural Encounters

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ISBN 9781032043739
November 28, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Diversity of Belonging in Europe analyses conflicting notions of identity and belonging in contemporary Europe. Addressing the creation, negotiation and (re)use of diverse spaces and places of belonging, the book examines their fascinating complexities in the context of a changing Europe.

Taking an innovative interdisciplinary approach, the volume examines renegotiations of belonging played out through cultural encounters with difference and change, in diverse public spaces and contested places. Highlighting the interconnections between social change and of culture, heritage and memory, chapters analyse multilayered public spaces and the negotiations over culture and belonging that are connected to them. Through analyses of diverse case studies, the editors and authors draw out the significance of the participation or exclusion of differing community, grassroots and activist groups in such practices and discourses of belonging in relation to the contemporary emergence of identity conflicts and political uses of the past across Europe. They analyse the ways in which people’s sense of belonging is connected to cultural, heritage and memory practices undertaken in different public spaces, including museums, cultural and community centres, city monuments and built heritage, neglected urban spaces, and online fora.

Diversity of Belonging in Europe provides a valuable contribution to the existing bodies of work on identities, migration, public space, memory and heritage. The book will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in contested belonging, public spaces and the role of culture and heritage.

Table of Contents


Susannah Eckersley and Claske Vos

Part I: Redefining and negotiating public spaces of belonging

Introduction to Part I: Redefining and negotiating public spaces of belonging

Claske Vos and Susannah Eckersley

  1. Museums as a public space of belonging? Negotiating dialectics of purpose, presentation and participation
  2. Susannah Eckersley

  3. Negotiated belonging: Migrant religious institutions in Warsaw
  4. Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper, Grażyna Szymańska-Matusiewicz and Joanna Wawrzyniak

  5. "Deep Historicization" and Political and Spatio-Temporal "Centrism": Layers of time and belonging in the reconstructed city centres of Berlin and Potsdam
  6. Achim Saupe

  7. Shaping Europeanness. The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 as a new mode of governance: Between coordinative and communicative discourses
  8. Carlotta Scioldo

  9. The Iceberg, the Stage and the Kitchen: Neglected public places and the role of design- led interventions
  10. Jacopo Leveratto, Francesca Gotti, Francesca Lanz

  11. Establishing a place in the European cultural space. Grassroots cultural action and practices of self-governance in South East Europe
  12. Claske Vos

    Part II: Encountering contested belongings in public places

    Introduction to Part II: Encountering contested belongings in public spaces

    Claske Vos and Susannah Eckersley

  13. Taxonomies of Pain: Museal Embodiments of Identity and Belonging in Post-communist Romania
  14. Carmen Levick

  15. Negotiation of belonging of built heritage: Russian and Soviet heritage in Warsaw
  16. Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper

  17. In the Centre of Conflict. Negotiating Belonging and Public Space in Post-Unification Berlin Mitte
  18. Kristin Meissner

  19. Encounters through Kahlenberg: Urban traces of transnational right-wing action
  20. David Farrell-Banks

  21. Staging claims of belonging in a post-imperial England: Museums, Brexit and the ‘Windrush Scandal’
  22. Helen Mears

  23. Redefining collective heritage, identities and belonging: Colonial statues in the times of Black Lives Matter

Johanna Turunen

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Susannah Eckersley is Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, Associated Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam, Germany, and the Project Leader of en/counter/points – a collaborative European research project on public spaces and belonging funded by HERA. Her expertise is in memory, museums and difficult heritage; migration, identities and belonging.

Claske Vos is anthropologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of European Studies at the Humanities Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. Her current work focusses on the intersection of EU funding, cultural activism and enlargement. Her expertise is in European cultural policy, cultural heritage, Southeast Europe and European identity formation.