(SO-CLOSE project logo)
The conference was due to be held face-to-face in Barcelona and will now take place in an online format on June 15th and 16th. It will be led by Javier Rodrigo (UAB), leader of the European project Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations – SO-CLOSE, which was also awarded in the call DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-11-2019.
At the heart of both the SO-CLOSE and TRACTION projects are many aligning themes, specifically regarding the shared goals of promoting equality in Europe and seeking social inclusivity for groups at risk of exclusion. Both projects will adopt community-centric evaluation methodologies in order to allow for further replication and to maximize the impact of the project outcomes, beyond simply the reach of the duration of the projects.
Based on theories of cultural heritage-making, SO-CLOSE will expose the commonalities of past and present experiences by facilitating a dialogue and exchange of similar life stories. The target groups’ needs will drive the development of a methodology template and the co-creation of replicable digital tools and cultural products, aiming to improve social cohesion and promote mutual understanding between refugees and their local communities. The resulting data and methodology will be used to develop several digital applications, working on the intersection of history, sociology, cultural studies, art and computer science. Through means of co-creation, cultural engagement and integration, the ambition of the SO-CLOSE project is to contribute to social cohesion and fight refugee marginalization.
The conference will have representatives from each of the projects awarded in the call DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-11-2019. It will delve into the history of forced displacement in twentieth century Europe, offer a sociological perspective on the phenomenon of refugees whilst tackling different approaches such as research, NGOs and refugee experiences. Furthermore, it will address the technological part of the project SO-CLOSE, setting up a discussion with colleagues belonging to similar projects, with a roundtable as a means of building a knowledge network between the projects in the exploration of shared goals and challenges. In this section, an overview of TRACTION will be presented, along with the Abstract, Motivation and project Objectives.
For more information, visit the UAB website or consult the Agenda online.