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The goal of the EMEE project is to uncover the im- plicit and often hidden European dimension of local museum objects and to visualize the intertwined character of local, regional, national, European, and trans-European layers of historical meanings of mu- seum objects. This approach requires the practice of the Change of Perspective in all areas covered by the  ve EMEE Toolkits. Furthermore, it demands the combination and linking of these  ve facets. As an il- lustration of the practical implementation of the work with the Toolkits the EMEE partners developed so called Exemplary Units to test the concept of Change of Perspective on single museum objects (or object groups).
After the selection of appropriate objects they started with detailed research on the (trans-)Euro- pean dimension of the chosen example of the local cultural heritage in order ‘to make Europe’ visible in the object (EMEE Toolkit 1). Doing this they followed a scheme developed by EMEE and asked the follow- ing questions:
1. THE OBJECT AS ‘MIGRANT’: What about Euro- pean, or transregional, or cross-cultural dimen- sions in the story of migration of the object itself
from the place of origin to its current place in the
museum?
2. THE BACKGROUND OF THE MAKING OF THE
OBJECT: What about European, or transregional, or cross-cultural dimensions in the history of the creation of the object?
3. CULTURAL TRANSFER BY MEANS OF TRANS- REGIONAL NETWORKS: What about European, or trans-regional, or cross-cultural networks of cultural transfer and exchange related to the ori- gin and distribution of the object?
4. CULTURE-SPANNING CONTEXTS: What about the relation of the object to culture-spanning con- texts with European, or trans-regional, or cross- cultural ranges?
5. CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS AS THEME OF THE OBJECT: What about cultural encounters within Europe or between Europe and the world being represented by the topic of the object?
6. ASPECTS OF THE PERCEPTION OF THE SELF AND THE OTHER: What about images of the self and the other being represented by the object?
7. THE OBJECT AS (CULTURAL) ICON: Can the object be regarded as a representation of a very typical or even idolized idea of European self-perception?
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