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TRACES Final Conference

“Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts”

17 January 2019 | MUDEC - Museo delle Culture, Milan

18 January 2019 | Politecnico di Milano, Aula Rogers, Milan

TRACES is a three-year project funded in 2016 by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Through an innovative research methodology, based on an artistic/ethnographic approach, TRACES analyses challenges, opportunities and practices inherent in transmitting difficult pasts and heritages in contemporary Europe.

The conclusion of the TRACES Project will be marked by a two-day conference “Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts”, that will take place in Milan on 17-18 January 2019. The symposium is conceived to provide a critical overview on the main findings and results ensuing from the investigations and the Creative Co-productions developed within the project, as well as to foster the critical debate about the transmission of contentious heritages and the process of "Reflexive Europeanisation." The meeting intends to promote an inter-disciplinary and forward-looking discussion aimed at opening new perspectives based on the Project outcomes.

The Final Event will culminate in the opening of TRACES final exhibition “Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects”, curated by Suzana Milevska at the Politecnico di Milano.


17 JANUARY | 1st day. MUDEC Museo delle Culture

14.00 | Registration

14.30 | Conference Opening and Welcome:

Klaus Schönberg, TRACES Project Coordinator
Carolina Orsini, MUDEC Conservation Office

14.50–15.20 | Opening Lectures:

“Becoming Contentious: Difficult Cultural Heritages and Artistic Research,” Suzana Milevska

“Beyond Creative Co-Productions: What Can Be Learned from the TRACES CCP Model,” Tal Adler

15.30–16.40 | Lecture Performances:

“Arresting Decline: The Activities of CCP1 in Mediaș, Transylvania,” CCP1

“Awkward Objects of Genocide: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust,” CCP2

“Casting of Death: Challenging the Artist’s Role in Making Heritage Contentious,” CCP3

16.45–17.15 | Coffee break

17.15–18.00 | Lecture Performances:

“Disposal: Reflections on Human Remains as Hazardous Material,” CCP4

“Dispersed Presence Transforming Long Kesh/Maze,” CCP5

18.15–19.00 | Art&Research Panel "New Forms of Collaboration" with Francesca Lanz (moderator), Susannah Eckersley, Giulia Grechi, Maite Muñoz Iglesias

19.00 | Closing Remarks and cocktail


18 JANUARY | 2nd day. Politecnico di Milano, Aula Rogers

13.30 | Registration


Conference Opening and Welcome:

Ilaria Valente, Dean of AUIC School, Politecnico di Milano
Luca Basso Peressut, Deputy Director DAStU Department, Politecnico di Milano


“Disturbing the Peace: Museums, Conflict and Activism for Social Justice,” Bernadette Lynch


“Art, Anthropology, Contested Heritage: Ethnography and Art Practices,” Arnd Schneider


“Conflict Learning: Mediating Contentious Cultural Heritages, Conflict and the Unpredictable,” Nora Landkammer, Karin Schneider

“After the Project,” Julia Albrecht

16.15–16.30 | Coffee break


“Milan Contentious Memories: Arts, the City and Political Engagement,” Luca Basso Peressut


“Towards a New Imagination of Europe? The Politics of Contentious Heritage in Institutional and Everyday Performances,” Marion Hamm

“On Co-Production,” Klaus Schönberger


“Contentious Collections: Potentials and Challenges for Public Engagement,” Sharon Macdonald

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“Heritage and Nations: The Language of Art and the Language of Power,” Angela Vettese, and exhibition opening by the curator, Suzana Milevska

More information at:

www.traces.polimi.it | infoTRACES@polimi.it

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