18 September 2017 | EW EIC | News

H2020 Grant for Elizabeth Buettner

ACCESS EUROPE affiliate Elizabeth Buettner, Professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Humanities, will be co-leader of two workpackages that are part of the project European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities - ECHOES.

ECHOES will seek to find a place for the memory of colonialism in contemporary European heritage debates, and will place European and non-European cities still imbued with manifold traces of the colonial past at the heart of its engagement with heritage practices.

Prof. Buettner's projects focus firstly on how museums like the Amsterdam Museum, the Museum of Warsaw, and the Shanghai History Museum take up the challenge of presenting and interrogating European colonial heritage, situated as they are at the crossroads of national, urban, and international historical narratives.  The second (‘Europeanizing Colonial Heritage’) examines the missing ‘Europeanization’ of colonialism within scholarship on imperialism and the EU’s official and public discourses and engagement with the politics of remembrance, which to date has focused overwhelmingly on Holocaust commemoration and Stalinism but still remain largely silent about colonialism. 

ECHOES has been awarded in the Societal Challenges pillar of the Horizon2020, in particular Challenge VI: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies. Next to the University of Amsterdam, the consortium consists of the universities of Hull, Aarhus, Warsaw, Rennes II, and the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. 

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