HERA grant for Anna Niedźwiedź

HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area - is a partnership between 24 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Commission, with the objective of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research Area and in the European Commission Framework Programmes. The consortium is investing 21 million euro in 18 transnational European research teams as part of its third joint research programme (JRP) Uses of the Past. One of those teams feature scholar from the JU Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology.

Below is the official description of the programme which may be found at the HERA website.

The heritagization of religion and the sacralization of heritage in contemporary Europe
What happens when religious sites, objects and practices are simultaneously considered heritage? Since World War II, heritage is increasingly seen as defining identities and communities in times of change, and often what is now considered heritage was and still is seen as religious in nature and possibly sacred. Heritage, on the other hand, involves an explicitly secular gaze that sacralizes non-religious aspects of religious sites, objects and practices in a cultural, historical, or otherwise secular, immanent frame. HERILIGION seeks to understand the consequences of the heritagization of religious sites, objects and practices which were not considered heritage before, and which may provoke tensions between heritage and religious constituencies; between religious and secular sacralizations and uses; and between different disciplines and management regimes. HERILIGION will produce new insights which can be used to understand, manage and defuse tensions, benefiting both religious and heritage constituencies in Europe. The research will take place at religious and heritage sites in Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and the UK, or would focus on emerging practical heritage (so-called intangible cultural heritage) in these countries. [http://heranet.info/heriligion/index]

Project Participants
Oscar Salemink, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ferdinand de Jong, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Anna Maria Niedźwiedź, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Poland
Maria Clara Saraiva, Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
Irene Stengs, Meertens Institute, The Netherlands

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