Cultural contacts

A Czech-Italian couple

In this category we include people involved in cultural activities in terms of both ‘high’ and ‘popular” or everyday culture. Arguably, these types of spontaneous activities may exert more influence towards the development of European-wide perspectives by members of the general public than consciously-imposed ‘top down’ attempts to promote a European consciousness. Specific groups studied may be active participants or spectators of cultural activities – the key point being that the involvement intrinsically includes activities that span European borders. The group includes cross-border workers in national parks of natural beauty or traditional culture and scholars developing European school texts, especially history books. The study also involves individuals with cross-cultural experiences in intimate relations and family life, which may have a significant impact on their conduct in different fields of activity and self-identification.


Prof. Katrin Paadam

Tallinn University of Technology