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Projet Patrimoine Européen pour un Avenir Culturel Ensemble
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  ONGOING 

ProPEACE (PROjet pour un Patrimoine Européen pour un Avenir Culturel Ensemble) is a Strategic Partnership involving 11 partners: 6 universities from France, Germany, Iceland, the Nederland, Romania and Spain ; 3 economic actors enhancing heritage in Europe (Italy, Romania, Scotland) and 2 non-European universities with expertise in digital mediation (Canada) and interculturality (Israel). The team is an example of European diversity: partners from the North, the South, the East, the West of Europe, from the Atlantique to the Mediterranean Sea, involving Europeans out of Europe, from a linguistic diversity to a cultural mix. This project is also supported by political (e.g. Firminy), economic (e.g. Italian local authorities) and cultural (e.g. Europa Nostra) institutions.ProPEACE seeks to place the academic field of heritage in a European perspective. In order to do this, it offers innovative solutions for a dynamic modernization of the European higher education about heritage. Indeed, curricula on heritage are usually offered by Humanities and Social Sciences faculties. Those have real difficulties to reform and adapt to new realities. At the end there is an intellectual and social challenge of working on a moving disciplinary field offered by a rigid structure.In Europe, Culture and Heritage are among the main sectors creating jobs and income for youth and the population in general. It is crucial to improve their performance and seek to promote their sustainable development. However it is necessary that the academic system can follow and support this movement. All European cities dream of labeling (UNESCO, European Capital of Culture) but how many of them can develop and manage in a sustainable and successful way their land with their heritage? There is a lack of trained staff and university does not have a prospective vision of the future and is unable to change its methods. Consequently, many European cultural projects do not develop as they could. It is also difficult to define what makes heritage because its media success blurs its definition.Then, over 3 years, ProPEACE will offer a program of activities to reconsider the European heritage, provide citizens’ proposals regarding a cultural future together and meet employers’ needs and expectations. Each year, in December, short-term training events will be held for academics and administrative staff. They will be opportunities for exchange on teaching practices in order to develop and redefine the concept of European heritage. New proposals will be developed during those events. Such proposals will be tested during Intensive Study programmes. Every year, in June, these IP will gather academics (14 of them from partners) and students (up to 90 European students in total). Economic actors and policy makers will also be associated. During IP, the use of digital technology will be expanded. ProPEACE is based on project dynamics, with an entrepreneurial spirit. It is isomorphic: use of digital tools and participatory methodologies are taught to academics in order to train students to design, manage and develop projects for a new concept of heritage, particularly through NICT. Throughout the project, academics and students will be co-working via a digital platform. Activities and productions resulting of this activity will be developed through a spirit of connection, participation, collaboration, and citizenship: free and open access resources such as a virtual encyclopedia on European heritage, a lexicon 2.0 and videos "180s for interculturalism" will be jointly developed by students, academics and representatives of civil society such as elderly people and migrants. Other intellectual outputs will provide proposals for new methodologies and definitions for modernizing teaching practices: a methodological guideline, a learning lab innovating heritage and some European work cafes.Dissemination activities are also planned, such as digital exhibitions, publication or MOOC. They are aimed at sharing the project results within and outside the participants, taking into account specificities of each of them.All tools and intellectual outputs delivered by ProPEACE will be transferable and adaptable in other institutions. These shared resources will contribute to the ProPEACE network and eventually will result to the implementation of a curriculum at master level. ProPEACE will work for a modern and revitalized European heritage. This way, it will give a real meaning to a European experience by all and for all. In addition to knowledge, teaching will be recognized a real function.
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