In two workshops held in Germany and Israel, the students prepared the topics they wanted to work on in tandem: They were guided by the question: What exactly does "Shared Heritage" mean - and which variation of the concept is present in their own country?
Two conferences accompanied the project: To kick off the project, the conference "Conversing Embroideries" took place in Qasr al-Sir, Israel, in October 2019, focusing on the topic of Bedouin cultural heritage in the Negev desert. At the end of the Students' Lab in March 2021, the project organized its own conference: under the title "Shared and/or Contradictory Heritage?" six German and seven Israeli students presented their case studies and results at a virtual conference.
The project envisaged two excursions to the partner country as part of the tandem and research work. In August 2021, the Israeli students traveled to Ludwigsburg to meet their German tandem partners, visit projects, and hold discussions with experts. In April and June 2022, the German students came to Tel Aviv, where they spent a week getting to know the country and its people.
Christiane Dätsch / Dalya Markovich (Hg.)
Sharing Cultural Heritage?
A Concept and its Varieties. Case Studies from Europe and Israel
The concept of shared cultural heritage is booming globally. Phenomena such as migration and digitalization, but also the quest for post-national identities as in Europe or multinational identities as in Israel, contribute to changing discourses of memory. The contributors illustrate contexts in which the concept of shared heritage can function as a response to such dynamizations. Using case studies from Germany and Israel, they explain different forms of cultural heritage such as architecture, monuments and memorials, archives, museums, theater, and intangible heritage. In doing so, they form a synopsis that critically weighs the opportunities and risks of the concept.
June 27, 2023, approx. 300 pp.
Scheduled for publication by June 27, 2023.