Applications are welcomed for a fully-funded PhD position in Cultural Heritage and Information Science at Northumbria University, UK – closing date 31st March 2015.
This interdisciplinary PhD project will explore innovative ways to digitally provide curation, access and reuse Europe’s cultural heritage resources within the context of cultural dialogue, tourism and cultural industries. The aim of the project is to evaluate methodologies and approaches leading to richer interpretations of European heritage and cultural identity in the digital arena, and to bring new perspectives to the creation of applications and services for digital cultural assets.
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Images by Dario Cieol and Michela Bassanelli.
The wealthy program of the MeLa Final Event in Milano included the display of a Mela Exhibition, which was conceived as an opportunity for illustrating some of the main outcomes of the MeLa Project. The exhibition was set up in the School of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. The display was articulated in different sections and distributed across various spaces. The path would start in the central hall of Building 11, where visitors would be welcomed, introduced to the MeLa Project topics and activities, and addressed to the two complementary sections.
Section I – MeLa Research by Design and Experimental Actions
Situated in the tunnel space facing the patio of the building, this section would illustrate the “Research by Design” and the “Experimental Actions” implemented by the MeLa Project in order to investigate new practices and methodologies for research in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. Ranging within an heterogeneous array of experiences – e.g. curatorial and artistic practices related to exhibitions, events and performances, visitor studies, the implementation of ICT and augmented reality – these actions were conceived as innovative design-based research tools aimed to foster the cross-reference between theory and practice, to test the application of the Project’s theoretical outcomes, to measure their operational effectiveness, as well as to generate new stimuli for the research activities.
Section II – MeLa Critical Archive
Located inside the Central Library, this section would illustrate the aim, functioning and architecture the MeLa Critical Archive – the digital platform aimed at cohering, conveying and sharing the main investigations developed within the MeLa Project through a critical post-reflection. This multipurpose tool was developed to provide multiple possibilities in accessing the Project’s outcomes; contents can be browsed through an index, or explored through the main interface designed using the metaphor of a sky map, offering an unstructured navigation of the dossiers.
The exhibition remained on display from 21st January to 6th February 2015.
Images by Dario Cieol and Michela Bassanelli.
The MeLa Final Event was not conceived as an introspective moment, merly focused on the description of the Project’s outcomes, but rather as an opportunity for furthering the critical debate about the transformation of contemporary museums, in order to open new perspectives building on the MeLa Projects outcomes. The three-day event which took place in Milano from 21 to 23 January 2015 gathered a rich and heterogeneous interdisciplinary panel of scholars, practitioners and policy makers, who engaged in a forward-looking and multi-perspective debate around the challenges and chances that museums are facing within the contemporary global and multi-cultural scenario. » Read more
MeLa – European Museums in an age of migrations will conclude its four year research programme with a three-day event, aimed at providing a critical overview on the main findings ensuing from its investigations and a forward-looking discussion about the future of European museums. A highly interdisciplinary panel of scholars and policy makers from all over the world will trigger a multi perspective debate, bringing together the latest insights on museums’ challenges and chances in the framework of the contemporary global and multi-cultural scenario. Download the programme from the MeLa website.
Attendance to the event is free, but registration is required as seats are limited.
Registration is now open at https://www.eventi.polimi.it/#mela
The event is held in two different dates and locations: to participate in both days please make two different registrations.
Access here the form to participate to the event on 22nd January at: https://www.eventi.polimi.it/iscrizioni.php?id_evento=1295&lang=eng
Access here the form to participate to the event on 23rd January at: https://www.eventi.polimi.it/iscrizioni.php?id_evento=1296&lang=eng