Synthetic summary of the debates at the second Workshop

1.   Workshop rationale

The European Union is at yet another crossroad after the Brexit referendum’s results, the overall rise of the Far Right in several EU countries, and while another migrant and refugee flows crisis is still looming. Indeed the EU once more needs an Escape to the Future – it needs to creatively rethink what it is that holds us Europeans together, what sets us apart, how we are different from other continents, what is unique in our culture, and indeed how do we deal with our conflicts and diversity.

Coming up with new ideas on Europe’s identity and cultural heritage can indeed be a lever for social innovation which can improve quality of life, feelings of security and of trust across Europe, and may also boost economic activity.

This workshop is the last of a series of encounters between researchers, stakeholders and policy makers in the wider field of European cultural studies, organised under the auspices of the CulturalBase Platform. Building on our previous work, we propose here a set of topics which put forward priorities for future research and policy programmes. Our aim is to discuss this with cultural heritage managers/decision makers – people coming from both public and private organisations who make decisions and create synergies in this domain about projects, programmes and policies. At the same time we are involving in the discussion grassroots stakeholders: smaller organisations but also larger networks that work on the ground with heritage and the arts. The scope of the workshop is to engage in dialogue and build a new research and policy agenda for European cultural heritage and for European identity/ies.

The workshop is organized by the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in the framework of the Cultural Base: Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities project, funded by Horizon 2020.

2.   Participants

Simona Bodo, ISMU Foundation – Initiatives and Studies on Multiethnicity

Jasper Chalcraft, Sussex University

Jill Cousins, Europeana Foundation

Carlo Cubero, Tallinn University

Gerard Delanty, Sussex University

Cornelia Dümcke, Culture Concepts

Lars Ebert, European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA)

Mercedes Giovinazzo, Interarts

Elisa Grafulla Garrido, EUNIC

Marcus Haraldsson, Europe Grand Central

Vittorio Iervese, University of Modena

Péter Inkei, Budapest Cultural Observatory

Perla Innocenti, University of Northumbria and University of Glasgow

Višnja Kisic, Europa Nostra Serbia

Sabrina Marchetti, Ca’ Foscari University

Ulrike H. Meinhof, University of Southampton

Susana Pallarés, University of Barcelona

Dominique Poulot, University of Paris I

Arturo Rodríguez Morato, University of Barcelona

Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow

Isabelle Schwarz, European Cultural Foundation

John Sell, Europa Nostra, JPI

Isidora Stanković, University of Paris I

Grete Swensen, Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

Tamás Szűcs, European University Institute

Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute

Aleksandra Uzelac, Institute for Development and International Relations

Sarah Whatley, Coventry University

Matías Zarlenga, University of Barcelona

Orit Kamir, Israeli Center for Human Dignity

3. Workshop dynamics and sessions

Introduction to the Cultural Base Platform