The ESACH idea originated at the University of Passau in February 2017 and has already crossed borders – our history has just begun. Let’s start sharing heritage together!
The ESACH was founded on the occasion of the upcoming European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 – Sharing Heritage, initiated by the European Commission. In short, we intend to fill this year with life by organising lecture series, excursions and heritage-related workshops at European universities. On top of that, our initiative is supposed to lay the foundation for a lasting network of students and young researchers, who want to share our common cultural heritage and thereby contribute to the formation of a common European identity.
Being conscious of a European Union that is much more than a financial or an economic market, this cross-border initiative – initiated and coordinated by a small group at the University of Passau (Germany) – aims at raising awareness of all forms of cultural heritage within European universities’ communities. Cultural heritage reveals what it has meant to be a European throughout time. It is a powerful instrument that provides a sense of belonging among European citizens. For this reason, Europe as a political body needs to realise the unifying force of cultural heritage. National responsibilities and EU action do not contradict: heritage is always both local and European. It has been forged over time, across borders and within various communities. Heritage is made up of local stories, which together make up the history of Europe. Therefore, students and young researchers from all over Europe are to bring their local stories together and identify themselves to be the heirs of a common European history.
In short, our objectives are to:
- raise awareness of all forms of tangible and intangible cultural heritage,
- promote an understanding of cultural heritage as a common responsibility, liberated from “national” perspectives,
- engage students and young researchers as the audience for cultural heritage issues in Europe and worldwide.