Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations

SO-CLOSE is a three-year project created 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, SO-CLOSE will improve social cohesion and promote mutual understanding between refugees and their local communities.

Lund University leads Work Package 4 (WP4): Implementation & Validation 

The main goal of WP4 is to implement and validate the digital tools resulting from the work in previous WP's in four distinct locations:

The specific objectives are:

  • To implement and test the digital toolboxes in several locations.
  • To document the process of local adaptation, local content co-creation and testing
  • To generate co-created content that fills the digital tool "shells" designed in WP3
  • To address the on-site problems that might occur and include them in a troubleshooting section of the how-to manual
  • To evaluate the quality of the tools and the process

Learn more about SO-CLOSE in this introductory video. Various subtitles are available in the settings.


Curating digital heritage of (forced) migration, 14th December, 2022, at Kulturen i Lund (online participation possible)

Dec 14th, 2022

Curating digital heritage of (forced) migration


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Online Participation possible.

SO-CLOSE is showcasing its open access digital tools for storytelling and sharing memories of forced migration. Join us and experience the newly developed StoryMap, Virtual Exhibition, and WebDoc, gain insights into the co-creational approach to migration narratives and get inspired to create new exhibitions. We invite cultural institutions such as museums, NGOs, schools, libraries, or archives to experience the digital tools, learn how to implement them at their own institutions and to exchange experiences of co-creating narratives of (forced) migration. For more details, have a look at the program, or contact Lili Nottrott (


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870939.


Duration: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022
EU Contribution: € 3 040 282,97
Anamaria Dutceac Segesten

WP4 Leader 

Eleonora Narvselius


Lili Nottrott

Project coordinator


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Volume 1 Forced displacements: A European History by Javier Rodrigo and Miguel Alonso (2021)

Volume 2From so far to so close: Stories from the present and the past by Dominika Kasprowicz and Karolina Hess (eds.) (2021)

Video - From So Far to SoClose in Bologna

Leaflet -Toolbox

Report - Policy Roundtable Inclusive Europe 2022

Brochure - Policy Recommendations Inclusive Europe 2022

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