Syrian Heritage in Motion Network (SHIMoN) (2020 – ongoing)

SHIMoN is a network of academic researchers, heritage professionals, technologists, artists, and members of the Syrian refugee communities in Europe and the UK, developed from an original proposal to the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies to explore the concept of ‘waste as post-war heritage ground.’ Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s verses from the poem The Waste Land “What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow / Out of this stony rubbish?” in 2020 Alda Terracciano started a collaboration with the centre co-leader Jonathan Westin at the University of Gothenburg to identify critical heritage research questions and practices of creative community engagement related to materialities and intangible Syrian heritage in motion. In 2021 the network was incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in Sweden and in January 2022 Aldaterra Projects collaborated with Heritage for Peace to design and deliver the first community engagement workshop with Syrian refugees in Barcelona, Spain. For more information on SHIMoN activities visit .