Social platform on cultural heritage and European identities.

Through a comprehensive perspective that includes the most relevant current social and political connections, “CulturalBase. Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities” aims to address the topic of Heritage and European Identities from a double standpoint, namely, an analytical as well as a public policy perspective.

Since the second half of the last century, culture has experienced a profound mutation, through which its position and role in the social dynamics have been transformed. Whereas it was previously confined to a purely superstructural position, it now constitutes an essential basis of today’s society. In the context of cultural digitization and globalization the entire cultural ecosystem has changed, which has radically altered – and at the same time, intensified – the relationship between cultural identity, cultural heritage and cultural expression. This transformation has occurred both at the level of the professional cultural sector as well as in society as a whole.

The new challenges and the new potential of culture, where three pillars – cultural identity, cultural heritage and cultural expression – intertwine, will be considered in the work of the CulturalBase along three axes: cultural memory, cultural inclusion and cultural creativity.

Along these three axis, research will be carried out to analyse: the current debates relating to heritage in the institutions and practices of cultural memory; how the focus on diversity and inclusion impacts on the practices of memory institutions, including on stakeholders and networks; what this reconfiguration contributes to new or post-national oriented narratives about identity and European values; and how heritage, cultural diversity and creativity relate in the context of huge cultural transformations such as the ones represented by digitization and cultural globalization.

The CulturalBase project is implemented by the following institutions: Central European University; Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow; Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute; School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex; Universitat de Barcelona; Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Interarts. It is funded by the European Union in the framework of the Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 “Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”.

To develop the content, result of this reseach, CulturalBase has an online platform linked to the project website ( The documents that are periodically produced as well as other news about the initiative are primarily disseminated on the website. The experts involved in CulturalBase can also attend debates such as the workshops held in Barcelona (September-October 2015) and Florence (December 2016), the Major Stakeholders Conference (MSC) (Barcelona, May 2016) and the local workshops held in Brighton, UK (November 2016), and Paris, France (January 2017). The relevance of this Platform is borne out by the European Commission‘s inclusion of CulturalBase in its recommended resources for the 2018 Year of European Cultural Heritage.

Start date

1 May 2015


  • To make an extensive analysis of the research literatures and policy programmes in the general field of cultural heritage and European identities.
  • To identify main research issues and policy programmes in this field and to contrast between the kind of research done and the policies developed.
  • To produce general overviews on the research priorities and opportunities in relation with cultural heritage and European identities from three basic analytic perspectives: cultural memory, cultural inclusion and cultural creativity.
  • To develop a shared view within the social platform on the more important and policy relevant research issues in this field for Europe in the coming years and the best way to address them.
  • To produce strategic research agendas on cultural heritage and European identities from the three aforementioned analytic perspectives stemming from the shared views.
  • To produce general policy guidelines in this domain from these same perspectives, especially in relation with information systems and research policy.


  • A general view of the existing research and related policies around the three axes and Thematic Areas identified in CulturalBase.
  • A focused research agenda consensuated by the CulturalBase.
  • Synthetic review reports per axis (memory, inclusion and creativity).
  • A networked community of established scholars as well as emerging scholars and PhDs who have agreed a specific work agenda and achieved specific objectives.
  • A series of contributions in leading international and national peer-reviewed journals, reviews and periodicals aimed at the scientific community.
  • Ideas for enriching courses currently taught and for developing new academic teaching material for major high-education institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

CulturalBase website