The Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network POEM trains future experts for the heritage sector, participatory memory practices and digital heritage in Europe. Participatory memory work is critical to understanding the inclusion of memories across nations and social situation (gender, wealth, education, migration) into institutional memory work and heritage building and thus to acknowledge them as a significant part of the history and contemporary life in Europe. Over four years, and through 13 different projects, we will research participatory memory work; i.e. the strategies and practices of both public memory institutions, like libraries, archives, and museums, as well as individuals and diverse groups, who take advantage of digital technologies and social media to connect publicly, share materials, and participate in a socially inclusive way to remember or celebrate our cultural legacy, such as events, persons and ideas.
Two POEM researchers/ PhD stuedents – Lorenz Widmeier and Myrto Theocharidou – are based at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts.