CommonSites teams up with NEARCH EU Culture 2007 programme

By: Krijn Boom

In 2013 a large international research programme called NEARCH (New scenarios for community involved Archaeology) was launched.

This 5-years programme (2013-2018) focuses on the different dimensions of public participation in contemporary archaeology and aims to propose new ways of cooperation between stakeholders in a working field which is severely struck by the economic crisis. NEARCH is funded by the European Commission within the framework of the ‘culture’ programme EU Culture 2007. Currently, 15 academic and research organizations from 11 different European countries cooperate within the project, which is led by the Paris based organization Inrap.

CommonSites has been asked to provide the tools to enhance project visibility and online dissemination. Currently,  within the NEARCH programme several heritage projects are run by the various partners, forming an integral part of the programme, but are hitherto not visible nor accessible for the public. By providing NEARCH with the CommonSites RSR system this issue is solved, meaning that in the next few months several interesting projects, ranging from the arts industry to computerized learning (but all in a heritage context focused on public participation) will be put online.

In the meantime, CommonSites will keep you updated with news on the programme. Recently, for example, a call is made by the Jan van Eyk Academy (Holland) and Centquatre (France) where visual artists are invited to work on a collaborative art project called ‘the immateriality of the past’. Even more, CommonSites very own graphic designer Krijn Boom is working on a PhD research within the NEARCH programme (see this post) focusing on the economic and social impact of public participation in archaeology. Interesting times ahead indeed!

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