Institute of Archaeology


CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Futures of Europe

15 October 2020–16 October 2020, 9:00 am–6:30 pm

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An international online conference to mark the conclusion of the EC-funded CHEurope project will take place on 15 & 16 October, with the presentation of the results obtained from 4+ years of collaborative research to the wider scientific community.

This event is free.

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CHEurope Project: http://cheurope-project.eu/contact/

The 15 Early Stage Researchers funded by the CHEurope Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network and members of the academic staff who supervised the training and research activities, as well as various highly renowned international keynote speakers, will offer a renewed vision of the place that cultural heritage occupies in our societies and the role it can play in its future developments - a perspective whose topicality has suddenly and dramatically been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

From migrations to climate change, from the heritagization of the urban to digitality as a vector of communication and transmission of cultural heritage, and from the use of heritage as a therapy for improving psychological resilience and well-being to the interconnections between heritage, citizenship, policy, participation, politics and economy, the conference programme explores the multiple ontologies through which cultural heritage redraws the future of Europe and the world.


The detailed programme of the conference is also available online
Thursday 15th October 2020

  • 9.00-9.15: Welcome and opening remarks – Kristian Kristiansen, Gothenburg University
  • 9.15-10.00: Introductory keynote lecture – Wayne Modest, Research Center for Material Culture & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


  • 10.00-10.30: Keynote lecture “The culturally appropriate perspective on digitization of Indigenous heritage” – Jelena Porsanger, the Sámi Museum, Norway & University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 10.30-10.50: Lecture “Food practices of Syrian refugees in Portugal: From promising integration policies to reality on the ground” – Marcela Jaramillo Contreras, PhD researcher, University Institute Lisbon
  • 10.50-11.10: Lecture “What does climate change change? Understanding the role of climate change as a ‘hyperobject’ in the work of heritage policy making agencies in Western Europe” – Janna Oud Ammerveld, PhD researcher, University College London
  • 11.30-11.50: Lecture – “Reimagining museums for climate action” – Rodney Harrison, University College London
  • 11.50-12.20: Questions & discussion


  • 13.30-14.00: Keynote lecture “The Geo-Aesthetics of the City: Deep time and cultural temporalities” – Peter Krieger, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México / National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • 14.00-14.20: Lecture “Recognizing urban heritage written in water: mapping fluctuating articulations in time and space” – Moniek Driesse, PhD researcher, Gothenburg University
  • 14:20-14:40: Lecture “Historicising the design space of a transition landscape: Uses of the past in prefiguring spatial development ” – Mela Zuljevic, PhD researcher, Hasselt University
  • 14.40-15.00: Lecture “The valorization of historic city centers ‘touristification’ stage. A new method of the short-term rental market data comparative evaluation” – Lukasz Bugalski, PhD researcher, Istituto per i Beni Artistici Culturali e Ambientali della Regione Emilia Romagna
  • 15.00-15.20: Lecture “All the Things Happening Outside of the Museum Push Me Back In’: Thinking through Memory and Belonging in Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum” – Vittoria Caradonna, PhD researcher, Amsterdam University
  • 15.40-16.00: Lecture “Outside in Inside out: Negotiating Decoloniality at Museums’ Threshold” – Chiara De Cesari, University of Amsterdam
  • 16.00-16.45: Questions & discussion

Friday 16th October 2020


  • 9.00-9.30: Keynote lecture “Datafied landscapes: exploring digital maps as (critical) heritage” – Stuart Dunn, King's College London (KCL)
  • 9.30-9.50: Lecture “Mapping Emotional Cartographies: Before and Beyond Maps?” – Nevena Markovic, PhD researcher, Institute of Heritage Sciences – Incipit
  • 9.50-10.10: Lecture “#Womenof1916: The heritage of the Easter Rising on Twitter” – Hannah Smyth, PhD researcher, University College London
  • 10.10-10.30: Lecture “The Historic Environment: Beyond the material scope” – William Illsley, PhD researcher, Gothenburg University
  • 10.30-10.50: Lecture “Digital Heritage in Europe: Europeana and the genesis of the European digital cultural policy” – Carlotta Capurro, PhD researcher, Utrecht University
  • 11.10-11.30: Lecture – “De-neutralizing" Digital Heritage? Critical considerations on digital engagements with the past” – Julianne Nyhan, University College London & Gertjan Plets, Utrecht University
  • 11.30-12.15: Questions & discussion


  • 13.30-14.00: Keynote lecture – "The Significance of Disability Cultural Heritage" - Kisha Tracy, Fitchburg State University
  • 14.00-14.20: Lecture – “Does engagement with heritage and material object-based activities enhance wellbeing in people with chronic illness?” – Katie O’Donoghue, PhD researcher, University College London
  • 14.20-14.40: Lecture – “Heritage and wellbeing” – Khaled Elsamman Ahmed, PhD researcher, Gothenburg University
  • 14.40-15.00: Lecture – “Heritage and /as Health' Unmade” – Beverley Butler, University College London
  • 15.00-15.30: Questions & discussion


  • 15.50-16.20: Keynote lecture “How to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys…or Not” – Randall H. McGuire, Binghamton University, USA
  • 16.20-16.40: Lecture “Participatory heritage and entrepreneurship in Katendrecht, Rotterdam” – Anne Beeksma, PhD researcher, Institute of Heritage Sciences – Incipit
  • 16.40-17.00: Lecture “The aftermath of the conflict - necropolitics and forms of disappearance in dictatorship and democracy” – Marcia Lika Hattori, PhD researcher, Institute of Heritage Sciences – Incipit
  • 17.00-17.20: Lecture “Sociotechnical Imaginaries of a Modern Past” – Nermin Elsherif, PhD researcher, Amsterdam University
  • 17.20-17.40: Lecture – “Archaeology of Visual Cognition: how Heritage and Material shape the mind” – Felipe Criado Boado, Institute of Heritage Sciences – Incipit
  • 17.40-18.20: Questions & discussion
  • 18.20-18.30: Concluding remarks