4.5 million euros for international heritage research

JPI Cultural Heritage (JPICH) encourages collaboration between Dutch and foreign research groups in the field of cultural heritage

25 September 2018

Five transnational research projects from the JPI Cultural Heritage programme will receive about 4.5 million euros. The projects will start in January 2019, and Dutch researchers are collaborating in three of the projects. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and NWO are contributing to the funding of these projects.

Prehistoric peat roads in Lisheen bog, Ireland to illustrate the special heritage that contains 'wetlands' (Benjamin Gearey)Photo: B. GeareyPrehistoric peat roads in Lisheen bog, Ireland to illustrate the special heritage that contains 'wetlands' (Benjamin Gearey)

Against the background of global developments and upheavals, the protection and preservation of European cultural heritage are particularly important, and this requires research across national boundaries. The programme Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change encourages collaboration between Dutch and foreign research groups in the field of cultural heritage. The European Commission supports this alignment of research interests.

About JPI Cultural Heritage

This call is part of a ‘roadmap for calls' for the period 2017-2019. Another call for research into Conservation & Protection will follow, and in 2019 there will be a call for Identity & Perception. JPICH has organised two previous calls. In 2017, eight projects were also awarded funding in the call for research into digital heritage.

Since 2010, 18 countries have harmonised their research programmes with each other, and 34 research projects into cultural heritage have started of which 26 have now been completed.

Heritage in Changing Environments

The aim of the call Heritage in Changing Environments is to fund innovative, interdisciplinary, international collaborative projects. The call is for research that studies the impact of the changing environment on heritage and examines how heritage can contribute to changes. It concerns physical changes such as climate change, energy transition or extreme weather conditions; social and economic changes such as urban pressure but also demography and economic decline and the transition of agriculture; and cultural and political changes such as migration, economic and social inequality, populism, democratic rights and a changing view of the position of experts and what we consider heritage. A key aspect is knowledge exchange with non-academic parties, such as policymakers, companies and the public, so valuable and usable research results are achieved.

The five transnational consortia that will realise the projects are funded by research councils from the countries involved in the JPI Cultural Heritage. The research programme ties in with the policy visions Heritage and Space, and Heritage Counts of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Heritage is used for social and spatial transitions such as energy, climate adaptation and the growth of cities.

Further information about the projects with Dutch researchers is provided below. Please see the JPICH website for selected projects, the call Digital Heritage and additional information about JPI Cultural Heritage.

Project leader: dr Roy van Beek, Wageningen University & Research – archeology

WetFutures focusses on key wetland environments in Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to act as test cases for the identification of active and passive changes in those regions, and to identify ways in which the heritage of wetlands can contribute to contemporary social challenges. Wetland environments are amongst the most dynamic landscape types in Europe, experiencing change from climatic, demographic, economic and political influences. They have also been an area of human utilisation and exploitation for millennia, resulting in an incredible richness and diversity of tangible and intangible heritage. Wetlands across Europe, and around the world, are actively undergoing rapid change and development, but there are no tailor-made or proactive studies to identify the impacts of change on the heritage contained within wetlands.

CARE_MSoC -  Community Archaeology in Rural Environments - Meeting Societal Challenges
Project leader: dr Heleen van Londen, University of Amsterdam – archeology

CARE_MSoC aims to build capacity in the heritage sector to help meet social challenges that are particular to rural communities through exploring the impact of specific contextualized participatory practices. Rural populations everywhere are affected by urbanisation, migration and technological innovation, often while the local subaltern heritage is overlooked as development pressures encounter dwindling resources for heritage protection. Community Archaeology has a uniquely distinctive quality for social binding and the co-creation of localized narratives using methodologies from archaeology, historical geography, social psychology, digital humanities and medieval studies.

CONSECH20 - CONSErvation of 20th century concrete Cultural Heritage in urban changing environments
Project leader: dr Barbara Lubelli, Delft University of Technology – Architecture and the Built Environment

CONSECH20 aims at developing effective approaches for conservation and protection of 20th cent. heritage concrete buildings against the ever-changing urban impacts, taking into account both technical and social aspects. The 20th cent. concrete heritage is a major challenge for conservation both because of its remarkable architectural variety and experimental character in use of materials and technologies as well as due to the lack of recognition of its cultural and historical value by the wide public. These aspects, together with the fast-changing urban environment, are leading causes of its deterioration and, sometimes, demolition.

CONSECH20 focuses on constructions built with early concrete (until 1960) with social interest in the sense of bringing people together (e.g. for recreation, inhabiting, working) to strengthen the link between society and 20th cent. architectural heritage.

Further information

Source: NWO