The Center for Historical Culture (CHC) at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, is dedicated to research on historical culture in a globalizing world. Main research interests are: historical consciousness and collective memories; theory of historiography and representations; intellectual history and history of ideas; construction and transmission of historical knowledge; history education and public history. CHC stimulates contacts with researchers on heritage, museums and commemorations, history didactics and pedagogy, history of gender and ethnicity, world history and transnational history. Mission. Founded in Rotterdam, May 12 2006, the CHC provides an intellectual forum for Dutch and international scholars, and attracts highly promising graduate students to Erasmus University. It establishes links with schools, heritage institutions, museums and archives, both nationwide and in the Rotterdam region, in order to further the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of knowledge. In this way, the Center will act as a meeting place for academics, professionals and citizens who share an interest in historical culture and the role of history in education and public debate. The program of CHC aims at opening new avenues of research, new ventures in theory, and new approaches to meta-historical reflection.
The new CHC Research Program (Grever 25-11-2012) 'Historical cultures and global encounters with the past' focuses on the central question: what cross-cultural interactions and constructions of identities have been involved in giving meaning to the past since the late 18th century and what are the (unintended) effects on historical cultures in the globalizing, postcolonial world? Twelve projects investigate collective memory and historical consciousness; national historiographies and violent legacies; social and political modernization; the travel of concepts; the construction and appropriation of historical knowledge in history text books and heritage education projects (see for descriptions www.eshcc.eur.nl/english/chc/research/).