Some Remarks on Memory and Heritage in Europe


  • Zdzisław Mach Uniwersytet Jagielloński



Europeanization, heritage, museums, exhibition


The text concludes the contributions of the volume, accentuating the general reflections on European heritage which can be found described herein by the articles’ authors. The conclusion refers to the general ideas of Europe with its specific values and the concepts of democratization, dealing with collective trauma as well as various narrative strategies used in the process of heritage invention and social use. Finally, a significant example of heritage interpretation is provided and focused on in the form of the #heritage exhibition held at the National Museum in Kraków. Special attention in this case is drawn to two contradictory paradigms of heritage interpretation, while the exhibition becomes a symbol of the complexity of the present debate on European identity in contemporary Poland/Europe.


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Author Biography

Zdzisław Mach, Uniwersytet Jagielloński

is a professor of sociology and anthropology at the Jagiellonian University. He was the founder and first head of the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, and one of the main authors of the European Studies curriculum in Poland. He has broad international teaching experience from both Europe and America. His teaching and research appointments include Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III, University of Exeter, University College Dublin, University of Chicago, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, University of Edinburgh and St. John’s College at Oxford University. His research interests cover identity and heritage issues in relation to nationalism, minorities and ethnicity, the development of European citizenship, migration and the reconstruction of identity, the ethnic origin of a nation and construction of identities as well as the development of the idea of Europe.




How to Cite

Mach, Zdzisław. 2018. “Some Remarks on Memory and Heritage in Europe”. Politeja 15 (1(52):189-93.