Project facts

Duration: 01-05-2018 - 31-12-2021
Project coordinator: Utrecht University (UU), Utrecht, Netherlands
Project consortium: Utrecht University (UU), Utrecht, (NETHERLANDS); Institute of Contemporary History (USD) Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC); University of Umeå (UMU), Umeå; (SWEDEN).
Funding bodies: JPI CH
Subject areas: Archives, Digital Heritage, Digitization, Heritage values - Identity, History, Methods - Procedures, Monitoring, Tangible Heritage
Contact: PL and PI Utecht University: Eggo Müller, PI Umeå University: Pelle Snickars, PI Institute of Contemporary History, Prague: Adéla Gjuričová,


During the past decade, a massive body of audiovisual heritage has become digitally accessible on websites of archives, through initiatives such as and, and on platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo.

The project is the first to research the online circulation and appropriation of audiovisual heritage using an integrated and interdisciplinary approach. It combines states of the art tracing and tracking technologies, critical cultural analysis and ethnographic fieldwork to answer the questions:

- How do strategies of curation shape the appropriation of digitized heritage?

- What new perspectives on European history and identity do digital curations and appropriations of audiovisual heritage create?

- How can audiovisual archives better foster the re-use of Europe's audiovisual heritage?

The project's case studies highlight European History from the Cold War to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Migration in Europe - both urgent topics within debates about Europe's past, identity and future.

The project brings together interdisciplinary expertise in the curation of digital audiovisual heritage (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), contemporary European history (Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Republic), and Digital Humanities (Umea University, Sweden). It collaborates with leading stakeholders in the field, as - and its main audiovisual aggregator - as well as the attached 35 audiovisual archives across Europe.

To reach out to users of audiovisual heritage, the project will also co-operate with the European Association of History Educators and

Impacts & Results

The project's outcome will contribute to a better understanding of popular interpretations of European history circulating online.

It will foster critical engagement with audiovisual heritage in a participatory media landscape, including the consequences of digital historiography.

The project will advise heritage institutions about best practices of user-engaging curation.

Outcomes will also provide history educators with accessible material to engage students working online with Europe's audiovisual heritage.


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