European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen
February, 2011 to January, 2013
European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen (Eunamus) explores the creation and power of European national museums. The focus is on understanding the conditions for using the past in negotiations that recreate citizenship, and on the understanding of layers of territorial belonging. The research is conducted through multi-disciplinary collaboration between eight leading university institutions. Project partners and associated researchers will explore institutional path dependencies, the handling of conflicts, modes of representation, cultural policy and visitors’ experiences.
The project aims to create a platform in an area where research so far has been scattered and fragmented. Previous research on national museums has often been based on individual case studies and often single disciplinary areas, such as art history and archaeology. This project adds value by developing a body of knowledge and expertise on the historical trajectories and contemporary complexity of national museums. Understanding the cultural force of national museums will provide citizens, professionals and policy makers with reflexive tools to better communicate and create a common understanding of diversity and community in developing cultural underpinning for democratic governance.
Coordinator: Professor Peter Aronsson Coordinating organisation: Linköping University, Sweden
Pasts, Inc. is a participating unit in Eunamus. Partner: Constantin Iordachi Main researcher: Péter Apor
Eunamus is a project funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).