Minority Heritage

Minority Heritage

Hungary and Czech Republic

Task Leader: ELTE (HU)

This pilot is focused on marginalised minorities and aims to show how the institutionalisation of their (re)appropriated Cultural Heritage (CH) can result in the economic and social revival of their communities.
Roma Culture will be the main topic of this pilot. The engagement toward the establishment of Roma minority heritage is an important step in order to reinforce social inclusion and to create more tolerant, diverse societies in Central Europe countries.

Social platform and related participatory practices are the suitable tools to construct the concept and the institutions of Roma heritage aiming at a double target: on one hand, the familiarization and canonization of a mostly ignored culture, on the other, to reach out to the Roma community by rediscovering its own cultural history. Implementing new dimensions of CH in an area that has been mostly excluded from the national cultural canon, the social platform could open new possibilities to Hungarian Roma communities and offer a positive identity to a long-time stigmatized community making it resilient.

Specific Activities

The pilot plans to:

  • make an extensive analysis of existing research literatures on Roma CH
  • trace and contact Roma cultural institutions in Hungary, discuss and create a network that could strengthen and support (in mostly rural or urban deprived areas) independent initiatives
  • compare and contrast with other regional examples of practice in the Czech Republic
  • create a website space (integrated with REACH’s online portal) of Roma CH

The pilot's website space

The pilot's website space includes:

  • a bibliography on Roma CH,
  • a visualized network of Roma cultural institutions and representations of CH in Hungary,
  • a curated collection of best practices,
  • successful realizations of Roma heritage institutions,
  • Roma cultural performances