Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage (iC-ACCESS)

Project Participants

  • Project Leader
    Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Freie Universität Berlin
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Staffordshire University
    United Kingdom
    University of West Bohemia
    Czech Republic
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage’ (iC-ACCESS) looks at traces of the 20th century mass violence and terror, as tangible reminders of the “age of extremes” and their present uses in (trans)national contexts. In most post-war European countries former Nazi internment camps have become icons of antifascist resistance and the Holocaust, and they have played a consistent role in postwar European memory of totalitarianism and genocide. In the Eastern European centre of the Holocaust and Communist terror, many former ‘terrorscapes’ are still contested spaces where consecutive internments of prisoners by occupying powers and authoritarian regimes transformed the victims of one event into the persecutors of another. This entanglement of remembering with forgetting and the silencing of competing narratives (commonplace in relation to completely unknown forms of historical injustice) show the strong connection between heritage, storytelling and the politics of identity. This poses a serious challenge to museums, remembrance institutions, civil society organizations, social activists, critical academics and educators tasked with the development of new and alternative narratives to make such spaces ever more relevant.


Associated Partners:

AP 1: Dirk Mulder, Director, Kamp Westerbork, The Netherlands. Email:

AP 2: Dr. Edward Kopówka, The Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom Treblinka, Poland. Email:

AP 3: Natasa Jovicic, Director, Jasenovac Memorial Site, Croatia. Email:

AP 4: Lubomíra Hédlová, Art Collection and Exhibition Curator, Lidice Memorial, Czech Republic. Email:

AP 5: Stephanie Billib, Press and Publications Officer, Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Germany. Email:

AP 6: Jane Jørstad, Director, Falstad Centre, Norway. Email:

AP 7: Mikuláš Kroupa, Director Post Bellum, Czech Republic. Email:

AP 8: Dr. Béla Rásky & Dr. Éva Kovács, Director and Research Program Director, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Austria. Email: