HIMIS partners Peter Seccombe (Red Kite, UK) and Patrick Lehnes (University of Freiburg) were active at Interpret Europe’s Prague Spring Event “Crossing Borders in May 2017. 75 participants from all over Europe discussed new developments in theory and practice of Heritage interpretation.
Patrick presented his investigations on what the recent tide of populism means for heritage interpretation. This is a part of the preparations for the HIMIS joint staff training which is planned for September. Populist movements need to be understood and addressed if migrant inclusion is to succeed. This requires us to reflect on the conceptual framework and philosophy of heritage interpretation in relation to collective identities and stereotypes. An interesting discussion followed the presentation when the Coordinator of the European Heritage Days asked how to overcome separation of ethnic groups and divisive collective identities in countries such as Bosnia. The full paper is published in the conference proceedings.
The second presentation by Patrick and Peter introduced the rationale, the partnership and the major activities of the HIMIS project itself. The ppt presentation can be downloaded here.