en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place


Project Summary

en/counter/points investigates the relationships between official and unofficial sites, practices, processes and discourses of public space, culture and integration to uncover multiple (re)negotiations of belonging in a diverse Europe.

It analyses problematic notions of ‘integration’, examining participatory, dialogic cultural activities, activism and appropriations in (and of) public spaces to question their perceived and actual impacts on individuals, society, culture and on public space in return. It hinges on the significance of: encounters between people and culture in public spaces; points of encounter where they may take place; and counterpoints which may be contained, silenced or expressed within them.

Its objectives are to examine the roles and functions of museums, built heritage, urban spaces and community organisations within and for diverse articulations of belonging; the ways in which diverse populations establish, use, share, remember, appropriate, re‐activate, adaptively re‐use or reject ‘shared’ physical or notional public spaces and places; official and unofficial discourses of cultural integration and belonging. It takes a transnational, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to tackle the question of how and why multiple heritages, memories, processes of attachment and belonging to and in cultural spaces and places, are being (re)negotiated during a time of European migration and identity ‘crises’? en/counter/points will produce academic publications, policy briefs, and models of participatory action, impacting on diverse audiences and stakeholders within heritage, museums, communities, policy, academia, architectural practice, urban and cultural governance.

Susannah Eckersley

Project Leader

Newcastle University
United Kingdom


Project Partners

Susannah Eckersley

Project Leader

Newcastle University
United Kingdom

Grażyna Szymanska-Matusiewicz

University of Warsaw
Poland

Dr. Małgorzata Głowacka Grajper

University of Warsaw
Poland

Joanna Wawrzyniak

University of Warsaw
Poland

Francesca Lanz

Politecnico di Milano
Italy

Jacopo Leveratto

Politecnico di Milano
Italy

Claske Vos

University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

Chiara De Cesari

University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

Dr Achim Saupe

Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam | ZZF
Germany

Kristin Meißner

Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam ZZF, Germany
Germany

  • Newcastle University

    Newcastle University

  • University of Warsaw

    University of Warsaw

  • University of Warsaw

    University of Warsaw

  • University of Warsaw

    University of Warsaw

  • Politecnico di Milano

    Politecnico di Milano

  • Politecnico di Milano

    Politecnico di Milano

  • University of Amsterdam

    University of Amsterdam

  • University of Amsterdam

    University of Amsterdam

  • Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam | ZZF

    Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam | ZZF

  • Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam ZZF, Germany

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