What is CoHERE?

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The CoHERE project seeks to identify, understand and valorise European heritages, engaging with their socio-political and cultural significance and their potential for developing communitarian identities. CoHERE addresses an intensifying EU Crisis through a study of relations between identities and representations and performances of history. It explores the ways in which heritages can be used for division and isolation, or to find common ground and ‘encourage modern visions and uses of its past.’ The research covers a carefully selected range of European territories and realities comparatively and in depth; it focuses on heritage practices in official and non-official spheres and engages with various cultural forms, from the living arts to museum displays, food culture, education, protest, commemorations and online/digital practice, among others. CoHERE is funded through Horizon 2020, and responds to the Reflective Societies programme.

Work Package 4 is focused on digital heritage dialogue[s]: the role of digitally-enabled conversations in constructing heritage identities in Europe engages with digital design methodologies to investigate heritage conversations online and on-site (i.e. in a museum/heritage setting and beyond), and to craft opportunities for talk/dialogue within exhibition and heritage settings to develop intercultural dialogue. The WP explores the potential of existing and future digital technologies (e.g. web- and mobile-based, alongside experimental bespoke tools for use in museums and sites) to provide deeper understandings of European heritage alongside reflexive identities and inclusive senses of belonging.