TRACES. Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts

The IAE is a partner in TRACES, a three-year project (March 2016–February 2019) funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. TRACES investigates the challenges and opportunities raised while transmitting complex pasts and the role of difficult heritage in contemporary Europe. At the centre of the project are a series of “Creative Co-Productions” in which artists, researchers, heritage agencies, and stakeholders collaborate on long-term projects researching selected cases of contentious heritage and developing new participatory public interfaces.

The project involving 11 partners in Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Rumania, Germany, Norway and Great Britain is coordinated by Prof. Klaus Schönberger, Institute for Cultural Analysis, University Klagenfurt/Celovec.

The IAE’s work in the TRACES project, with Karin Schneider and Nora Landkammer as research team, is dedicated to learning and the involvement of stakeholders. Their research aims to identify ways in which educational programmes around contentious heritage can in themselves provide spaces of conflict and negotiation. How can a pedagogical setting open spaces for dissensus and different positionalities, yet at the same time be accountable that violence and exclusion is not re-enacted? What does it mean to take a stance, yet operate from a position of unlearning (Castro Varela / Dhawan 2009), as an educator who is her/himself positioned in the hierarchies and power relations in debate?

These questions are addressed in three complementary research strands:

  • Accompanying the Creative Co-Productions in the development and parallel research of their programmes for public engagement and collaboration with stakeholders
  • A study of the micro-processes of dealing with conflict in educational programmes on contentious heritage in museums, exhibitions, memory sites and independent projects
  • An action research programme in collaboration with the education team of Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt a. M., for research and practice development of education with ethnographic collections

Following an action research paradigm, WP3 aims to have outcomes in practice (learning practices, educational formats), on the level of tools for educators (educational materials) as well as theorization (publications).

TRACES. Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts

a three-year project (March 2016–February 2019) funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. TRACES investigates the challenges and opportunities raised while transmitting complex pasts and the role of difficult heritage in contemporary Europe. At the centre of the project are a series of “Creative Co-Productions” in which artists, researchers, heritage agencies, and stakeholders collaborate on long-term projects researching selected cases of contentious heritage and developing new participatory public interfaces.

The project involving 11 partners in Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Rumania, Germany, Norway and Great Britain is coordinated by Prof. Klaus Schönberger, Institute for Cultural Analysis, University Klagenfurt/Celovec.

The Weltkulturen Education is part of the TRACES project, with Karin Schneider and Nora Landkammer (IAE, Zürich) as research team in cooperation with Stephanie Endter (curator education, Weltkutluren Museum). Their research aims to identify ways in which educational programmes around contentious heritage can in themselves provide spaces of conflict and negotiation. How can a pedagogical setting open spaces for dissensus and different positionalities, yet at the same time be accountable that violence and exclusion is not re-enacted? What does it mean to take a stance, yet operate from a position of unlearning (Castro Varela / Dhawan 2009), as an educator who is her/himself positioned in the hierarchies and power relations in debate?

In the context of an action research, the education team of the Weltkulturen Museum focus on education with ethnographic collections. Following an action research paradigm, it aims to have outcomes in practice (learning practices, educational formats), on the level of tools for educators (educational materials) as well as theorization (publications).

Participants:
Julia Albrecht
Bea Barrois
Stephanie Endter
Nora Landkammer
Berit Mohr
Esther Poppe
Kristina Rüger
Karin Schneider
Nora Schön
Anton Zscherpe

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 693857. Responsibility for the information and views presented lies entirely with the authors.