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Bilateral Co-operation Slovenia - Montenegro

A modern vision of our ancient past:

collaboration between research and presentation of Archaeological heritage

01. 01. 2021 – 31. 12. 2023

We will use the definition of public archaeology as a subject that examines the relationship between archaeology and the public and then seeks to improve it. It will be conceived as a dynamic endeavour, which consists of an ever-evolving two-stage cycle comprising both research and action. First, there is research into the archaeology–public relationship, which is then followed by action to improve that relationship, followed by research, and action, and so on. Research involves collection and analysis of data and may take the form of scholarly or practice-based work performed mostly by specialists. Nevertheless, for our project it should be intended to bring about change – some improvement of knowledge and communication in archaeology’s relationship through modern art with the public in two states.

In the framework of collaboration, the members of both research groups will pursue that their archaeological practice and engagement in the presentation of art will take on the role of a scientific gateway. It implies that researchers will select from, and filter the body of specialist archaeological knowledge to make it suitable for public consumption. They will be positioned as members of, rather than distinct and apart from, the wider community. Both research groups come from smaller universities in which archaeology or the study of ancient art is a part of the study and research of art (Podgorica) or was developed from heritage studies (Koper). Both research institutions are located in regional centres where the universities are acting as major accelerators of regional research and sustainable development, especially in the field of cultural tourism. Consequently, the goal of the project is to promote the perception and understanding of archaeological heritage and it’s an active role in the creation of modern and future identities of Slovenia and Montenegro.

Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Martina Blečić Kavur & Prof. Nenad Vujadinović

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