Eight international projects dedicated to “cultural heritage and change” have been selected as part of the joint call for proposals launched by Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden) and the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany).

Publication date: 5 July 2021

The Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives on Heritage and Change joint call for proposals by Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo (Italia), the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden) and the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany) will select eight international research projects focused on cultural heritage and change.

The call is part of a broader international funding framework entitled “Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives”, which aims to foster international collaboration in research and generate new insights into little-studied issues of global significance. The different areas addressed focus on the challenges recognised by the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda as requiring specific action.

Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives on Heritage and Change is particularly focused on the cultural dimension. Cultural heritage, whether tangible or intangible, from narratives and practices to monuments, landscapes and objects, is subject to a variety of processes of change and transformation. War, terrorism, environmental change, tourism and digitisation are just a few examples of a wide variety of processes that affect and potentially threaten the world’s cultural heritage and impact people’s lives.

With this call, the Foundations are encouraging multidisciplinary research groups – human, cultural and social sciences, as well as other disciplines – to investigate the relationship between cultural heritage and change in one or more of the following areas of interest:

  • Theoretical development of heritage, including conceptual analyses of what is considered “cultural heritage” and “change” and by whom.
  • Contributions of cultural heritage to an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future.
  • Consequences of the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in relation to cultural heritage.
  • Threats to cultural heritage, such as war, terrorism or climate change.

In addition to a lead candidate from Germany, Italy or Sweden, at least two partners from low- or middle-income countries outside Europe are involved in each project.

The funding will cover all direct costs of the project for a maximum of 4 years. Consortia can request a maximum amount of 1.5 million euros.

A full list of winning projects can be found by clicking on this link