Lezing Tuuli Lähdesmäki: Legitimation of European culture heritage and the dynamics of identity politics in the EU
During the past couple of decades, heritage has become topical in a new way in Europe as the concept has been utilized for political purposes in the EU cultural policy. The EU currently administrates or supports three initiatives – the European Heritage Days, the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, and the European Heritage Label – that address the fostering of the transnational European cultural heritage. Tuuli Lähdesmäki discusses the explicit and implicit heritage politics included in these initiatives.
Tuuli Lähdesmäki is Academy Research Fellow (Academy of Finland) and an Adjunct Professor / Docent working in the Department of Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Lähdesmäki’s major research interests include identity and heritage politics and discursive meaning-making processes in contemporary culture. Her research combines topics, theoretical approaches, and methods from art history, cultural studies, and cultural sociology.