Online Workshop Call

Are you involved in youth services? Do you work with young people whose first language is not English. or who speak more than one language? If yes, we’d love to hear about your experiences! Find out more below:

You are invited to take part in an online workshop on 7 May (time tbc) regarding the challenges and benefits of providing services and engaging with multilingual communities in the West Midlands. More specifically, we focus on work with young people from culturally diverse neighbourhoods. You will be invited to share your experiences and concerns with other practitioners and researchers. You will take part in a discussion to develop more inclusive service provisions, which would recognise the needs and opportunities practitioners encounter when working with youth in multicultural communities, including those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading “Online Workshop Call”

3rd and final MSP

SPPU on Friday March 5, 2021, conducted the final Multiple-stakeholder Partnership workshop to discuss a draft of the policy brief. During a series of three workshops, the key findings and related policy recommendations regarding young people’s cultural literacy, cultural heritage and identities.

The discussions with stakeholders provided enriching inputs for preparing the final policy brief that would be shared with the local authorities and to all the country partners in the CHIEF project.


Slovak Rebels

Youths from the Slovak “folklore-drama” group Slovak Rebels live in the south-Slovak city of Komárno on the very border with Hungary. They everyday-life cultural experience is determined with the bilingual and ethnically Slovak-Hungarian mixed character of their hometown. Many of Slovak Rebels youths originate from the ethnically mixed families and are fluent in both languages used in the city. Slovak Rebels youths participated on Participant Active Research conducted by Matej Karásek and Lucia Hržičová. Participant Active Research was the intervention of the international project Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe´s Future (CHIEF). The aim of this part of the project was to support the cultural ambitions of youth groups from the countries included in CHIEF project. Continue reading “Slovak Rebels”

First CHIEF findings presented at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association

Dr. Ebru Soytemel, Dr. Eleni Stamou and Dr. Anton Popov  from UK CHIEF team (Aston University) presented first findings of CHIEF in their paper “Cultural Literacy in the English Curriculum: Amalgams of Cultural Conservatism and Enterprise Culture” at the 14th Conference of the  European Sociological Association in 22 August 2019 at Manchester. Continue reading “First CHIEF findings presented at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association”

Quo Vadis, Cultural Education in Latvia

Author: Alina RomanovskaDaugavpils UniversityLatvia

A variety of factors such as specific features of cultural and historical development of a country, its strategic development objectives in the fields of cultural policy, the economy and culture, the ethnic composition of the population, social behaviour, etc. determine cultural education development in a given country. National priorities in the area of cultural education are reflected in policy documents and curricula, the analysis of which gives an idea of the most important objectives and forms of future development. Continue reading “Quo Vadis, Cultural Education in Latvia”

A Museum Re-establishing its Identity in the Process of Urban Development

Author: Priya GohadSavitribai Phule Pune UniversityIndia

The city of Pune is growing by the day in the flow of urbanisation and globalisation. The city which was once known as a ‘Cultural hub’ is now a popular ‘Cyber hub’. The suburbs of the city are rapidly developing, creating various pockets of cultural identities as a result of migration, modernisation and the growing population. Although much has changed for this city, one can catch a glimpse of this old mediaeval town as one walks through its chaotic lanes and feels the essence of its past in the form of ‘heritage’ that still strives to exist and maintain its identity. Located in one such small lane, in the old city of Pune, is the Kelkar Musuem. Continue reading “A Museum Re-establishing its Identity in the Process of Urban Development”

1st Multi-stakeholder Partnership Workshop in Istanbul – 11 September 2019

The first of a series of stakeholder workshops was conducted by the CHIEF team at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkey) and their core stakeholders  on September 11, 2019.

Young people doing a silent brainstorming exercise about culture
Young people in Turkey doing a silent brainstorming exercise about culture as part of the CHIEF research project.

The workshop consisted of an introduction to the chief project, an overview of the workshop and two methods designed to facilitate dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders. It continued with the assessing and identification of future objectives and ended with a discussion.

CHIEF Media Training in Istanbul: 17-18 September 2019

On 17th and 18th September 2019, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul hosted a filming workshop delivered by Culture Coventry (UK), one of the CHIEF project partners who provide film-making training to young people to record their cultural activities.

The workshop started with discussions around film and culture then aimed at improving film-making skills. On the second day, the workshop continued focusing on more advanced skills such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.

Developing an Inclusive History Curriculum: An Overview of Current Initiatives in the UK

Author:  Demelza JonesUniversity of GloucestershireUK

As part of the CHIEF project’s work to date we have conducted a systematic review of secondary school curricula across social sciences and humanities subjects, as well as interviews with young people in schools and informal educational settings, and with educators and practitioners working in these settings. While the nine countries the CHIEF project is working in represent a wide variety of contexts, some key findings have emerged with broad applicability across the study. One such theme has emerged from our work on history curricula, Continue reading “Developing an Inclusive History Curriculum: An Overview of Current Initiatives in the UK”

First Project Review Meeting Brussels

On 1st July 2019, CHIEF partners attended a meeting at the European Research Council Executive Agency in Brussels. During the meeting, we presented our findings and initial policy recommendations based on the first 12 months of the project to a panel of experts. The meeting was really productive and we are very grateful for the positive feedback and suggestions from the experts.

How is Memory about Stalin kept in Contemporary Georgia?

Authors: Rati Shubladze  and Tamar KhoshtariaCaucasus Research Resource CentreGeorgia

On May 12, 2019, the Joseph Stalin museum hosted a public lecture in his hometown, Gori1, dedicated to the “Day of Georgia’s Allotment to the Virgin Mary”, a holiday that the parliament of Georgia minted into the calendar a week prior in special session.2 Rather than a scene from a postmodern farce or satire, this is Georgian reality. In that reality, memory is bifurcated. As Nutsa Batiashvili3 has argued, this bifurcation in collective memory presents Georgia as glorious or heroic and wrong or inadequate at the same time. Memory of the legacy of Joseph Stalin in Georgia is no exception to this broader pattern, and the Stalin Museum in Gori is a clear manifestation of this. Continue reading “How is Memory about Stalin kept in Contemporary Georgia?”