Facilitated Interaction on Heritage and Wellbeing (FIoHaW)


A recent trend in the world of cultural heritage is the deployment of collections and artefacts to increase wellbeing. Both in academic and heritage institutes, researchers and practitioners experiment with methods to measure the effects of heritage for wellbeing. However, both groups also struggle with the conceptual and practical challenges of exchanging and combining expertise, which are partly due to the jargon loaded and text biased approaches in use.

This KIEM project aims to take up these challenges by bringing together academics, heritage experts and creative industry partners to apply new methods for measuring affective negotiations with heritage. Two methods will be applied and tested: 1) emotion networking and 2) object based learning. Both methods recognize the variety of possible responses across diverse groups of individuals, and draw on the expertise of health and heritage practitioners, as well as academic researchers, to investigate best practices and devise tools for measuring results.

By applying these methods, we aim to develop a less jargon loaded model in the form of travelling toolkit. As the creative industry partner travels with us to three workshops (London, Amsterdam and Zagreb), they will experiment with different elements of this toolkit (lexicons, images, objects, sounds, and odours), to find out what best facilitates interaction between academics and practitioners. They will help the consortium to establish what we mean by ‘heritage object/item’, and what we understand by ‘emotion/affect’, as well as how we practically approach the wellbeing qualities of both tangible and intangible heritages.





Prof. dr. H.C. Dibbits

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Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication ESHCC


01/04/2018 tot 31/03/2019