“CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe_Towards an integrated, interdisciplinary and transnational training model in cultural heritage research and management” is a PhD training program supported by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) – Innovative Training Networks (ITN) scheme. It is the result of a collaboration between universities and heritage institutions in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Italy.

CHEurope focuses on developing a new integrated theoretical and methodological framework to enhance the academic and professional training and open future job opportunities in cultural heritage preservation, management and promotion. Bringing together a network of key European academic and non-academic organisations, the project will explore the processes by which heritage is ‘assembled’ through practice-based research in partner institutions that connect students to their future job markets and publics.

CHEurope trains 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) under five themes:

  1. Theorizing heritage futures in Europe: heritage scenarios – University College London [UK], University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) [PT] (2 PhD positions)
  2. Curating the city: trans-disciplinary inheritance/disinheritance processes in urban settings – University of Gothenburg [SE], University of Amsterdam [NL], University of Hasselt [BE], Istituto Beni Culturali Regione Emilia Romagna [IT] (4 PhD positions)
  3. Digital heritage: the future role of heritage and archive collections in a digital world – University of Gothenburg, University College London, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas [ES], University of Utrecht [NL] (4 PhD positions)
  4. Heritage and wellbeing: migration and dislocation – University of Gothenburg, University College London (2 PhD positions)
  5. Heritage management and citizen participation in a multi-cultural world – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, University of Amsterdam (3 PhD positions).


Prototyping Heritage

‘Prototyping Heritage’ is the research project of Mela Žuljević, Early Stage Researcher working at Universiteit Hasselt and De Andere Markt within the CHEurope project. It is part of the ‘Curating the city’ working package focusing on (1) curatorial methods and techniques in dealing with urban heritage, (2) critical engagement with participation and heritage as public space and (3) visibility and ‘publishing’ of urban heritage in different contexts. It takes aboard the concept of ‘curating the city ‘as a starting point in thinking about ways in which the discussion on urban heritage futures can become more tangible and public.

“Prototyping heritage” explores the possibilities of engaging with ‘wayfinding’ both as a theoretical concept and a design approach to participatory spatial planning of heritage sites and infrastructures. The research is framed within the specific context of the industrial heritage of the city of Genk and envisioned in line with the ongoing efforts to make planning practices in the city public, through the Living Lab methodology and De Andere Markt platform.