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Legitimation of European cultural heritage and the dynamics of identity politics in the EU

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
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 Total cost 1˙339˙755 €
 EC max contribution 1˙339˙755 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO FI (JYVASKYLA) coordinator 1˙339˙755.00


 Project objective

The problematic of transnational cultural heritage has become topical in a new way in Europe with the utilization of the idea of heritage for political purposes in the EU policy. Since the turn of the century, the EU has launched or jointly administered several initiatives focusing on fostering the idea of a common European cultural heritage. The heritage initiatives are the EU’s ‘technologies of power’ aiming to legitimate and justify certain political ideas and ideologies, such as European-wide identity politics and the cultural integration in Europe. However, the politics, discourses, and practices of heritage—and of transnational heritage in particular—are often intertwined with contentions over its symbolical and factual ownership, meanings, and uses. The project investigates the EU as a new heritage agent and its heritage politics as an attempt to create a new trans-European heritage regime in Europe: How does the EU aim to create common European cultural heritage in a politically shaking and culturally diversified Europe, and what kind of explicit and implicit politics are included in its aims? The project will focus on the legitimation processes of European cultural heritage at different territorial levels and the power relations formed in the processes between diverse agencies. The academia still lacks a comparative empirical investigation on the politics and practices of trans-European cultural heritage and the theoretical discussion on the role of the EU in them. The project aims to respond to this lack with a broad comparative empirical research including cases from various parts of Europe, penetrating different territorial scales (local, regional, national, and the EU), and theorizing cultural heritage from a multisectional perspective (stressing its concurrent use in diverse societal domains and discourses). The project participates in a critical discussion on the current identity and integration politics and policies in the EU and Europe.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Katja Mäkinen
Europe for Citizens: Towards the Next Programme Generation
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Buljubašić, Eni & Tuuli Lähdesmäki
Becoming Mediterranean: The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Klapa Singing in Identity Building and Nation Branding Discourses.
published pages: 126–139, ISSN: , DOI:
Politics of Scale. New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies 2020-04-24
2018 Kaasik-Krogerus, Sigrid
Näkökulmia kulttuuriperintöön
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Politiikasta 2020-04-24
2019 Markus Ojala, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Mervi Pantti
Presidential speeches and the online politics of belonging: Affective-discursive positions toward refugees in Finland and Estonia
published pages: 164-179, ISSN: 1367-5494, DOI: 10.1177/1367549418823059
European Journal of Cultural Studies 22/2 2020-04-24
2018 Katja Mäkinen
EU:n uusi kulttuuriagenda toistaa tuttua retoriikkaa
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Tiedeblogi 2020-04-24
2018 Wiesner, C. Björk, A., Kivistö H-M, Katja Mäkinen
Conclusions: Contested Conceptualisations of Citizenship
published pages: 221-227, ISSN: , DOI:
Shaping Citizenship: A political concept in theory, debate and practice 2020-04-24
2019 Mäkinen, Katja
Taidetta ja kohtaamisia : osallistujien kokemuksia EU:n osallistavassa hallinnassa
published pages: 223-246, ISSN: 2669-8617, DOI:
Politiikka 63:3 2020-04-24
2019 ÄŒeginskas, Viktorija
Challenges for Creating Visibility of European Cultural Heritage. A Case Study of the European Heritage Label.
published pages: 109-134, ISSN: 0355-1776, DOI:
Ethnologia Fennica Vol. 46 2020-04-24
2019 Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Viktorija L. A. Čeginskas, Nina Sääskilahti
Politics of memory and oblivion. An introduction to the special issue
published pages: 1-6, ISSN: 2374-5118, DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2019.1645419
European Politics and Society 2020-04-24
2019 Turunen, Johanna, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Tuuli Lähdesmäki & Katja Mäkinen
Euroopan komission ja kansalaisten näkemyksiä eurooppalaisesta kulttuuriperinnöstä.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Tiedelehti Hybris 3 2020-04-24
2019 Tuuli Lähdesmäki and Katja Mäkinen
The ‘European Significance’ of Heritage: Politics of Scale in EU Heritage Policy Discourse
published pages: 36–49, ISSN: , DOI:
Politics of Scale. New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies 2020-04-24
2019 Tuuli Lähdesmäki
Founding myths of EU Europe and the workings of power in the EU heritage and history initiatives
published pages: 781-798, ISSN: 1367-5494, DOI: 10.1177/1367549418755921
European Journal of Cultural Studies 22/5-6 2020-04-24
2019 Viktorija L. A. ÄŒeginskas, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus
Politics of solidarity in the context of European heritage. The cases of the European Solidarity Centre and Hambach Castle
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 1352-7258, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1663235
International Journal of Heritage Studies 2020-04-24
2020 Johanna Turunen
Katoavan maailman elegia
published pages: 25-33, ISSN: 2343-399X, DOI: 10.23994/lk.90786
Lähikuva – audiovisuaalisen kulttuurin tieteellinen julkaisu 32/4 2020-04-24
2019 Johanna Turunen
Decolonising European minds through Heritage
published pages: 1-16, ISSN: 1352-7258, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1678051
International Journal of Heritage Studies 2020-04-24
2018 Turunen, Johanna, Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Ulla Salmela and Virpi Mäkinen
Suomi ja eurooppalainen kulttuuriperintö
published pages: 88–97, ISSN: 0781-5751, DOI:
Kulttuurintutkimus 25: 3–4 2020-04-24
2019 Katja Mäkinen
Euroopan kulttuuriperintötunnus ja kansalaisten osallistuminen
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2020 Katja Mäkinen
Cultural heritage: Connecting people?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Monitor 6 2020-04-24
2018 Björk, A.; Kivistö, H-M., Katja Mäkinen
Introduction: Shaping Citizenship as a Political Concept
published pages: 1-16, ISSN: , DOI:
Shaping Citizenship: A political concept in theory, debate and practice 2020-04-24
2018 Johanna Turunen
Euroopan kulttuuriperintöä dekolonisoimassa.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Politiikasta 8 November 2020-04-24
2019 Turunen, Johanna and Tuuli Lähdesmäki
Notre Dame ja eurooppalainen kulttuuriperintö.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Politiikasta 3 May 2020-04-24
Genealogy of the Concept of Heritage in the European Commission’s Policy Discourse
published pages: 115-139, ISSN: 1807-9326, DOI: 10.3167/choc.2019.140106
Contributions to the History of Concepts 14/1 2020-04-24
2018 Kivistö, H-M, Björk A., Wiesner C, Katja Mäkinen
Debating Citizenship
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Shaping Citizenship: A political concept in theory, debate and practice 2020-04-24
2020 Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus
Identity politics of the promotional videos of the European Heritage Label
published pages: 1-16, ISSN: 1356-9775, DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2019.1611207
Contemporary Politics 26/1 2020-04-24
2018 Kaasik-Krogerus, Sigrid
Ritari ässä ja kuolemantuomio: media itäisen Euroopan eurooppalaistumisprosessissa
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Demokratian karikot: tarkastelussa Euroopan unionin itäryhmä 2020-04-24
2019 Johanna Turunen
Introduction: using our pasts, defining our futures – debating heritage and culture in Europe
published pages: 1-4, ISSN: 1352-7258, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1700391
International Journal of Heritage Studies 2020-04-24
2019 Kähkönen, Satu & Tuuli Lähdesmäki
Broadening the Scope of Heritage: The Concept of Cultural Environment and Scalar Relations in Finnish Cultural Environment Policy.
published pages: 95–109, ISSN: , DOI:
Politics of Scale. New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies 2020-04-24
2018 Viktorija L.A. ÄŒeginskas
The Added European Value of Cultural Heritage. The European Heritage Label
published pages: 29-50, ISSN: 2450-050X, DOI: 10.4467/2450050XSNR.18.017.10371
Santander Art and Culture Law Review 4/2 2020-04-24
2019 Lähdesmäki, Tuuli, Yujie Zhu, and Suzie Thomas
Introduction: Heritage and Scale.
published pages: 1-18, ISSN: , DOI:
Politics of Scale. New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies 2020-04-24
2018 Mäkinen, Katja
Moniselitteinen monitasohallinta [Ambiguous multilevel governance]
published pages: 275-286, ISSN: , DOI:
Politiikan tulkinta: Juhlakirja Marja Keräselle [Interpretation of Politics: Festschrift for Marja Keränen]. Kivistö, H-M, Kuokkanen, K., Weide, M. & Virtanen, J. (eds.) 2019-05-07

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