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Panel Discussion: “European Heritage and Identity: Stories from Border Regions”

15 April 2021 | 14:0016:00

| Spoken language: English

When six European nations embarked on the integration process in the wake of World War II, there was no blueprint. Of course, the founders had a vision and shared ideals, but European integration has left some citizens afraid of losing their identity and cultural heritage and an influx of immigrants has fuelled these fears. Building on this topic, this panel brings together researchers who focus on different aspects of what happens to history and heritage in multicultural European societies and particularly those in the border regions over time. New technologies are being used in innovated ways to communicate histories and memories to the public and with the goal to boost social and cultural participation. Since these former industrial regions in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany have coped with similar challenges including the decline of the mining industry and changing borders, this panel aims to help us understand what opportunities lie in engaging local communities in research and how this can contribute to creating a sense of shared European heritage and identity.

This event is open to, and warmly welcomes, members of the public to attend and engage in a Q&A session at the end of the panel discussion.

Please note that this webinar will take place on Zoom and will be recorded.

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Dr. Nicole Basaraba, Postdoctoral Researcher, Studio Europa

Dr. Joep Leerssen, Research Professorship in Transnational History and Culture in Limburg (UM) & Professor of Modern European Literature (University of Amsterdam)

Eline Schmeets, PhD Candidate, Studio Europa

Dr. Christoph Brüll, Assistant Professor, C2DH, University of Luxembourg

Irene Portas Vázquez, PhD candidate, C2DH, University of Luxembourg

Akudo McGee, PhD Candidate, Studio Europa


Hosted by: Studio Europa (Maastricht University). With panellists from the Centre for Contemporary & Digital History (University of Luxembourg).


15 April 2021