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“Gli Italiani dell’altrove” Symposium

Rome | 18-19 May 2015


The Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo Italiani (Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism – MiBACT) is organising a conference focusing on the intangible cultural heritage of Linguistic Minorities living in Italy.

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Young Mediterranean Citizens workshop: Questionnaire

20-22 May 2015


L’Atelier des Jeunes Citoyens de la Méditerranée (Young Mediterranean Citizens workshop – AJCM) launched a survey to better understand the lifestyle, opinions and expectations of young people living around the Mediterranean: young students and trainees, as well as men and women under 25 and young workers.

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The Young Scenographers Contest: Ceremony and exhibition opening

EMEE Young Scenographers Contest Travelling Exhibition, Museum im Palais, Graz (8th of May – 7th of June 2015).Photo credits: Janine Pichler.


Eurovision – Museums exhibiting Europe (EMEE) is a project funded with support from the European Commission to explore an innovative interdisciplinary approach for national and regional museums, aiming at re-interpreting their objects in a broader context of European and transnational history. Museum visitors shall face objects not only on a regionally and nationally determined level of meaning, but discover transnational and European perspectives using new means of presentation, performances and possibilities for participation. At the same time the project develops creative concepts for audience development and studies methods to attract the rather large number of “non-visitors” to the museums.

One of the initiatives organised by EMEE project is the international and interdisciplinary design competition titled The Young Scenographers Contest, whose motto was “One Object – Many Visions – EuroVisions”.

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Fare partecipazione al museo. Metodi e approcci per l’accessibilità e l’intercultura

MeLa Project is one of the partner of the course Fare partecipazione al museo. Metodi e approcci per l’accessibilità e l’intercultura (Fostering participation in museums. Methods and approaches to accessibility and interculture), organised by Musei senza barriere and ABCittà in various locations in Milan, from 30 April to 8 May 2015.

Anna Chiara Cimoli (ABCittà/MeLa*Project) is one of the conceiver and curator of the project, in cooperation with Maria Chiara Ciaccheri and Paola Rampoldi. She is also directly involved as an educator, as well as other MeLa Project researchers: Rita Capurro and Davide Spallazzo.

The course Fare partecipazione al museo was conceived to promote the experimentation of innovative models, methods and practeces to participation in museums, with a specific focus on the involvement of an audience affected by disabilities and on intercultural approaches.

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International Museum Day: Museums for a sustainable society

18 May 2015

Every year since 1977, ICOM has organised the International Museum Day (IMD), which represents a unique moment for the international museum community to increase public consciousness of the role of museums in the development of society. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public and highlight the importance of museums as institutions that serve society and means of cultural exchange, development of mutual understanding and inter-cultural dialogue.

The 2015 edition of IMD will focus on the theme “Museums for a sustainable society”.

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MeLa RF03 book: ‘Cultural Networks in Migrating Heritage Intersecting Theories and Practices across Europe’

MeLa Research Field 03 is delighted to announce the publication of ‘Cultural Networks in Migrating Heritage. Intersecting Theories and Practices across Europe’, written by Perla Innocenti and published by Ashgate.
This book is a study of the role of cultural and heritage networks and how they can help institutions and their host societies manage the tensions and realise the opportunities arising from migration.

Fully-funded PhD on ‘Innovative methods and tools for sustainable curation, access and reuse of Digital Heritage’

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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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Insights from the MeLa Final Event – MeLa Exhibition (21 January – 6 February 2015)

 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.

Insights from the MeLa Final Event (21-23 January 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 Final Event – Registration is Now Open (21-23 January | Milano, Italy)


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

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:
Access here the form to participate to the event on 23rd January at: