HERILIGION - The heritagization of religion and the sacralization of heritage in contemporary Europe

External principal researcher: Irene Stengs (Meertens Institute)

Research group: Circulation and Place-Making


Preservation and restoration of cultural heritage | Cultural history | Memory studies | Religious studies and theology

Funding Institution

HERA-JRP-Uses of the Past


University of Copenhagen (coord.); Meertens Institute - Research and Documentation of Dutch Language and Culture; University of East Anglia; Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology - Jagiellonian University, Centro de Estudos Comparatistas - FLUL



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GA 649307 (HERA.15.033)


HERILIGION seeks to understand the consequences of the heritagization of religious sites, objects and practices which were not considered heritage before, and which may provoke tensions between heritage and religious constituencies, between religious and secular sacralizations and uses, and between different disciplines and management regimes. HERILIGION will produce new insights which can be used to understand, manage and defuse tensions, benefiting both religious and heritage constituencies in Europe. The research will take place at religious and heritage sites in Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and the UK, and focus on emerging practical heritage (so-called intangible cultural heritage) in these countries.


Full members

Anna Fedele

Circulation and Place-Making

Anna Maria Niedźwiedź

Clara Saraiva

Ferdinand de Jong

Full members

Giulia Cavallo

Circulation and Place-Making

Full members

José Mapril

Circulation and Place-Making

Full members

Maria Cardeira da Silva

Circulation and Place-Making

Oscar Salemink

Roberta Machado Boniolo

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Teresa Costa

Circulation and Place-Making