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Heritages of Hunger

Societal Reflections on Past European Famines in Education, Commemoration and Musealisation
European famines legacies continue to impact debates about economic decline, refugees and Brexit. They are re-evoked to stress transnational conflict, but actually offer potential to promote mutual understanding. This project, conducted by seven researchers at Radboud University, Wageningen University and the NIOD, investigates how educational practices (at schools, heritage sites, museums,or surrounding commemorative practices) can create awareness of famines as heritages of shared experiences and past solidarity among European communities.

The case studies to be examined through a comparative approach are connected to episodes of war (Belgium and Germany during and after WWI; the Netherlands, Russia and Greece during WWII, Germany after WWII); neglect and ecological crisis (nineteenth-century Ireland, Finland) and oppression (interbellum Spain, Ukraine). Furthermore, the project addresses the significant impact on famine legacies in education and heritage practices of European immigrant communities across the globe.

On the basis of its results, the consortium will create a MOOC and a database of visual and textual famine legacies. Both can be used adaptably by stakeholders (educational and heritage institutes), as a way to connect national and local pasts to wider European experiences, and as a stimulus for alternative teaching practices. The project will also develop a report with recommendations for teaching heritages of hunger and migration directed towards policy makers, educational institutes and the heritage sector.

The project budget is 1,8 million Euro, part of which is provided by collaborative partners in The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Finland, Spain, Ukraine, Russia and Canada (Resistance Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Rotterdam; Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp; EUROCLIO; Irish Heritage Trust, Dublin; Nerve Centre, Derry; Kuopio Cultural History Museum; Werstas Labour Museum; University of Granada; Centro Documental de la Memoria Historica, Salamanca; Netherlands Institute in St Petersburg; Holodomor Research and Education Centre, Kyiv; Ireland Park Foundation, Toronto;  Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Toronto). 


Hoofdaanvrager: Prof. dr. Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud Universiteit)

Medeaanvragers: Prof. dr. Lotte Jensen (Radboud Universiteit); Dr. Ingrid de Zwarte (Wageningen University & Research, NIOD).

Financier: NWO NWA-ORC NWA.1160.18.197

Team composition

Lead applicant: Prof. Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University)

Co-applicants: Prof. Lotte Jensen (Radboud University); Dr. Ingrid de Zwarte (Wageningen University & Research, NIOD).

Prof. Lotte Jensen (Radboud University), Lindsay Janssen (Postdoc) (Radboud University), Charley Boerman (PhD) (Radboud University), Dr. Jason King (Irish Heritage Trust, Dublin (National Famine Museum)), Prof. Gerrit-Jasper Schenk (TU Darmstadt), Prof. Tatjana Tönsmeyer (University of Wuppertal), Dr. Dirk Luyten (Cegesoma Ghent), Prof. Peter Gray (Queen's University Belfast), Dr. Violetta Hionidou (University of Newcastle), Dr. Mary Cox (University of Oxford), Prof. Cormac Ó Gradá (University College Dublin), Dr.  Emily Mark-FitzGerald (University College Dublin), Dr. Angela Byrne (EPIC, the Irish Immigration Museum, Dublin), Prof. Laurence Gouriévidis (Université Clermont Auvergne), Dr. Laurent Tremel (Musée National de l'Education, Rouen), Dr. Antti Häkkinen (University of Helsinki), Dr. Andrew G. Newby (University of Tampere), Prof. Andrea Graziosi (European School of Advanced Studies, Naples), Dr. Vasiliki Tsigouni (National Library of Athens), Dr. Kersti Lust (Estonian Institute for Population Science, Talinn), Dr. Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco (University of Granada), Manuel Jiménez Barrios (Centro de Estudios Andaluces, Salamanca), Dr. William Jenkins (York University, Toronto), Dr. Clint Curle (Vice-President) (Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Manitoba), Ms Irene Mycak (Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Awareness Committee Toronto), Dr. Morris Vogel (Tenement Museum, New York), Prof. Maureen Murphy (Hofstra University, New York), Prof. Tyler Anbinder (George Washington University)

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