Heritage Contact Zone

Castrum Peregrini has received funding by the European Comission SUPPORT TO EUROPEAN COOPERATION PROJECTS 2018 to realise a two year project Heritage Contact Zones with 7 partners across Europe: Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam (NL), Goethe-Institut Lyon (DE), Human Platform Budapest (HU), Etz Hayyim Synagogue Hania (GR),Timisoara European Capital of Culture (RO), European University Institute Florence (IT), Culture Action Europe Brussels (BE).

Heritage Contact Zone (HCZ) recognizes that European History is as much a history of shared cultural accomplishment as it is a history of violence,- violence of wars, colonisation, totalitarian and imperial regimes, religious violence, economic violence leading to social injustice, racial violence and generally the suppression of ‘others’. Based on the work of Aleida Assmann ea. the project partners have formulated the vision that only by recognition of all aspects of history also that of violence, and by actively engaging with those citizens that still suffer exclusion as a consequence of this history being marginalised in mainstream heritage representation, Europe will be able to transgress its impasse and move forward towards more unity. Cultural mediators and artists can play a key role to open up current heritage structures as ‚contact zones‘ towards more inclusive narratives.