Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations (SO-CLOSE)

Project Details


The ambition of the project is to contribute to social cohesion and fight refugee marginalization or exclusion by facilitating the encounters between similar life stories, through the mediation of innovative digital and artistic tools. Based on theories of cultural heritage-making, exposing the commonalities of past and present experiences, listening to the target groups’ needs and through the development of a methodology template of co-creative design of replicable digital tools and cultural products, SO-CLOSE will improve social cohesion and promote mutual understanding between refugees and their local communities.
The resulting data and methodology will be used to develop several digital applications, for which purpose we have in our consortium strong technological partners with experience in this field. Working at the intersection of history, sociology, cultural studies, art and computer science, SO-CLOSE will design educational and cultural tools like interactive cookbooks, interactive documentaries based on immersive video recording, AI-powered Chatbots, interactive exhibitions based on personal memories and storytelling or an online platform, named Memory Center, built as a content aggregator and services platform.
SO-CLOSE development will be implemented in four different pilot locations, selected due to their similarities with the present and for the actual existence of memory and intangible cultural heritage:

- VDA, Krakow (Poland)
- Trikeri Island Concentration Camp (Greece)
- MUME de l’Exili (Spain)
- MONTE Marzabotto (Italy

Planned Memory Center interactive platform with its embedded repository of multimedia content and advances services, will be a global instrument transforming old-fashioned museums in Living Labs through designing new cultural experiences based on the cultural heritage of refugees addressing to generate social awareness.
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/22

Collaborative partners

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) (lead)
  • Lund University (Project partner)
  • Villa Decius Association (Project partner)
  • Fondazione scuola di Pace di Monte Sole (Project partner)
  • Consorci del Museu Memorial de l'Exili (Project partner)
  • CERTHS - Ethniko kentro erevnas kai technologikis anaptyxis (Project partner)
  • Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A. (Project partner)
  • Tempesta Media SL (Project partner)
  • Greek Forum of Refugees (Project partner)


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