Lecture series

The lecture series of the research group “Identity and Heritage” is taking place regularly on Tuesdays at 6.30 pm and alternating between the locations of the research group (Weimar, Berlin, Dessau and Erfurt). Current positions in cultural heritage research are presented and discussed in a 45-minute lecture. Audio recordings of the lectures can be listened to in our audio archive.




Ewa Majewska: Contesting the canon by means of weak resistance. How to re-claim minoritarian heritage? (ENG)

Walter Benjamin rightly claimed that history is never written by the victims. After the last decades we can see however a plethora of ways of re-writing the history, of contesting and re-shaping the canon and of re-claiming place in history.





Tuuli Lähdesmäki: EU heritage policies and politics: European cultural heritage in the making

The past two decades have seen growing political interest in creating and promoting a common European narrative of the past and an idea of shared cultural heritage in Europe. The EU is one of the core promoters of this narrative and idea. These aspects are brought out in several EU resolutions, agendas, and work plans for culture, and have become common elements repeated in EU policy discourses. In the 2010s, the EU has launched several initiatives aiming to foster a ‘European dimension’ or ‘European significance’ of cultural heritage. One of these initiatives is the European Heritage Label. The EU’s interest in cultural heritage is politically motivated. In the 2000s, the Union has faced various political, social, and humanitarian challenges – or crises as they have been often referred to in political and media discourses – that have impacted on European societies. […]




Sophie Stackmann: Integrity and Heritage – Integrity, intactness and wholeness as charged concepts of cultural heritage preservation.

European concepts of cultural heritage are based on collecting, organising, and preserving objects. One of their key objectives is to protect the selected objects from any changes. Integrity can therefore be understood as an umbrella termthat describes the various forms of striving for the greatest possible integrity in the field of cultural heritage. Integrity is historically linked to debates about the dichotomy of conservation and restoration. However, the preservation of integrity does not only relate to material properties, but rather it is a morally and politically charged concept. Discourses on integrity always include questions about the (violent) assignment of identities and the seclusion of cultural spaces. As a result, integrity not only describes the desirable integrity of an object but is implicitly and explicitly inscribed with a toxic search for cultural homogeneity.   The lecture will discuss the concept of integrity as […]