New bilateral project with Montenegro "A modern vision of our ancient past: Collaboration between research and presentation of archaeological heritage"
In the period between January 2021 and December 2022, Martina Blečić Kavur (Department of Archaeology and Heritage/Institute of Archaeology and Heritage UP FHŠ) and Nenad Vujadinović (Faculty of Arts, University of Donja Gorica in Montenegro), will lead the new bilateral project A modern vision of our ancient past: Collaboration between research and presentation of archaeological heritage (BI–ME/21–22 – 027), which will be financed by Slovenian Research Agency. Members of the Slovenian research group are Boris Kavur, Irena Lazar, Zrinka Mileusnić and Monika Zorko, and of the Montenegrinian are Maja Đurić, Milun Lutovac, Luka Rakojević and Maša Vlaović.
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 vital accelerators of regional research and sustainable development, especially in the field of cultural tourism. The project aims to promote the perception and understanding of the archaeological heritage, which plays an active role in creating contemporary and future identities of Slovenia and Montenegro.