Sub-project 1 - Urban heritage
Cultural valorization strategies of historic traditions and remains. Urban heritage in Barcelona, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Breslau and Berlin.
Direction: apl. Prof. Dr. Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann, Institute for the Teaching of Democracy/Department of History, Hannover
Assistants: Dr. phil. Christine Schoenmakers; Jana Stoklasa, M. A.
The sub-project focuses on a critical review and explication of David Lowenthal’s thesis that the relationship between history and heritage is very tense and antagonistic (Lowenthal 2000) and breaks down the broad topic to the acquainted aspect of urban heritage. This sub-project is of essential and foundational value for the whole project, because fundamental questions of construction and acquisition regarding cultural heritage are being dealt with. Furthermore, it connects the project on an international level with results of transnational culture heritage studies and emphasizes the cross-border importance.
Cultural heritage is what we want to define as cultural heritage. In that sense, this sub-project analyzes individual ideas of cultural heritage in six European major cities. It investigates how different participants generate, negotiate and communicate their concepts of cultural heritage. The focus will be on the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, Breslau, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Besides, the project explores which participants (e.g. city council, tourism management, museums, archives, historians, politicians, authors, artists) contribute with which means to the valorization process of urban heritage. The question is raised how strategies are being used to develop meaningful interpretations of the past and to use cultural heritage as a resource for urban development and city marketing.