Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage



Subject: HERA JRP UP Board decision on Full Proposal
Application Number: HERA.15.092

Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage’ (iC-ACCESS) looks at traces of the 20th century mass violence and terror, as tangible reminders of the “age of extremes” and their present uses in (trans)national contexts. In most post-war European countries former Nazi internment camps have become icons of antifascist resistance and the Holocaust, and they have played a consistent role in postwar European memory of totalitarianism and genocide. In the Eastern European centre of the Holocaust and Communist terror, many former ‘terrorscapes’ are still contested spaces where consecutive internments of prisoners by occupying powers and authoritarian regimes transformed the victims of one event into the persecutors of another. This entanglement of remembering with forgetting and the silencing of competing narratives (commonplace in relation to completely unknown forms of historical injustice) show the strong connection between heritage, storytelling and the politics of identity. This poses a serious challenge to museums, remembrance institutions, civil society organizations, social activists, critical academics and educators tasked with the development of new and alternative narratives to make such spaces ever more relevant.

Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsHERA -Humanities in the European Research Area (ERA-JRP Action)

Awarded at event

Event titleHERA JRP Grant "Uses of the Past" call , 2n phase 2016
LocationDublin / StrasbourgShow on map
Period10 Mar 2016 → 10 Mar 2016