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Major European Grant Success for Centre for Critical Heritage Studies

6 May 2016

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The new Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, a joint research centre launched late last month based at University of Gothenburg (UGOT) and UCL Institute of Archaeology, has been successful in winning a c.€3.9million grant to provide an international doctoral training programme.

Participating with six other European universities, 21 European heritage and museum sector partner organisations, and funded under the Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN-2016 call for proposals for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, CHEurope-Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe: Towards an integrated, interdisciplinary and transnational training model in cultural heritage research and management will focus on developing a new integrated theoretical and methodological framework to enhance academic and professional training and open future job opportunities in cultural heritage preservation, management and promotion.

The training programme brings together a network of key European academic and non-academic organisations and will fund 15 PhD studentships to undertake practice-based research in partner institutions that connect students to their future job markets and publics. The programme will combine theoretical and instrumental knowledge at a transnational and interdisciplinary level, through a series of research seminars, summer schools and secondments, beginning in the 2016/17 academic year.

Participants in the network include the University of Gothenburg (UG), with whom UCL recently formed a strategic research partnership through another successful c.£3.7million grant to fund a joint Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, as well as the University of Amsterdam (UvA) (The Netherlands); ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal); Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) (Spain); University of Hasselt (Belgium); Utrecht University (The Netherlands); and the Istituto per I Beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali (IBC) of the Region Emilia Romagna (Italy).

The 21 Heritage and Museum Sector partner organisations involved in the consortium include:

UCL-based researchers involved in the network include Michael Rowlands, Beverley Butler, Andrew Flinn, Rodney Harrison, Anne Lanceley, and Julianne Nyhan.