Today’s world contains a host of phenomena and situations endangering objects, sites and practices deemed “heritage” by stakeholders. Yet there is still a dearth of systematic information about this broad palette of threats, which constitutes an obstacle to the purposeful activity of governments and institutions at times of crisis and intervention or post-crisis reconciliation.
|The HEAT project aims to address this situation through systematic analysis of threats to and through heritage in different geo-cultural locations; the production of a sophisticated cross-cultural typology of threat in the form of practical manuals for use, among others, by governmental organs, global organizations, NGOs and peace-keeping forces; small and thought-provoking exhibition(s) to popularise academic findings.
The project has been collaborative, transnational and interdisciplinary. It has brought together scholarly results and insights gained from research in four different localities and situations: the Near East between crisis and development; Poland and memory in times of change; Romania and knowledge registers that have saved/created or destroyed/erased objects, sites and practices; Italy and construction that have inevitably endangered traces of a valuable past.
This project was funded by The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPI CH) within the framework of the Heritage Plus Joint Call and the European Commission.