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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:

‘Writing at Borders’ & ‘Concurrences’: New Thematic Sections from Culture Unbound

Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research is an open access e-journal that seeks to be a forum for contemporary, cutting edge cultural research from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas.

Culture Unbound has recently presented two new thematic sections that give various perspectives on concepts such as borders, mobility, narrativity and power.  Writing at Borders’ is edited by Tuulikki Kurki, Saija Kaskinen, Kirsi Laurén & Mari Ristolainen and focuses on the borders between Finland, Soviet/Russia and the Baltic states to discuss how geographical, social, and cultural borders have been reconceptualized from a territorially placed boundary, to a semantically constructed, ritualized and performed symbolic border, and finally to a discursive (textual) construction. ‘Concurrences’, edited by Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren and Gunlög Fur, engages with the postcolonial efforts to recover the voice and agency of the subaltern and challenge monolithic imperial representations. These articles investigate various cultural archives – formal and informal, traditional and digital, fiction and documentary text – in order to map multiple and concurring claims of reality, experience and meaning in time and place.

All the articles can be freely accessed and downloaded at

Sharing Challenges and Opportunities for ‘Engaging Spaces’ at 2014 NODEM Conference (1-3 December | Warsaw, Museum of the History of Polish Jews)

On 1-3 December 2014, POLIN The Museum of the History of Polish Jews / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich in Warsaw, Poland, hosted the 2014 edition of the NODEM Conference.

NODEM was established in 2003 by the research studio Visions for Museums at the Interactive Institute and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers. It promotes an interdisciplinary conference forum and a digital networking platform, aimed at archiving and sharing experiences, best practices and research outcomes, at fostering connections between professionals and researchers (e.g. exhibition designers, media producers, educators, engineers, artists, ICT developers), at collaboration and community building in the field of digital cultural heritage, as well as at developing multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches in relation to interaction design, museum studies, learning and digital curating, etc.

This year’s edition was conceived to reflect on “Engaging Spaces – Interpretation, Design and Digital Strategies”. By bringing together museum and heritage professionals (galleries, archives, libraries and museums), innovation experts (universities, research and technology transfer centres, start-ups) and creative industries, the event intended to enable discussion on the potential of dialogue and collaborations between architecture, experience design, strategies of interpretation and ICT. The remarkable number of presentations allowed to examine a variety of challenges and opportunities that newly built or renovated museums and other culture-historical institutions are facing to stay competitive in engaging today’s visitors, and to explore interaction modes between exhibition spaces, interpretative content and digital strategies in the context of visitor engagement at cultural and heritage institutions.
A contribution ensuing from the research activities carried out within the MeLa Project was introduced by Francesca Lanz and Elena Montanari, who presented an insight on the spatial and museographical features of XXI century “post-museum” and on the implementation of what has been defined as “proactive spaces”.
Book of Abstracts and Conference Proceedings area available as digital publications at

Unfolding the MeLa Critical Archive (22-23 November 2014 | Venice, Architecture Biennale 2014 | Padiglione Centrale, SalaF)

Within its final weekend, the Architecture Biennale 2014 hosted the launch of the MeLa Critical Archive: a two-day event  dedicated to a preview of the contents and the architecture of the digital platform aimed at cohering, conveying and sharing the multidisciplinary investigations produced within the four year long Research Project. 

The MeLa Critical Archive has not been conceived as a mere repository of the research outcomes, but rather as a multipurpose tool. As a communicative project, it aims at representing the complexity of the approaches developed by MeLa, and illustrating its findings as a unitary jet multifarious cultural proposal. As a research instrument, it has been implemented in order to enhance synergies among the different research activities and outcomes, fostering interdisciplinary cooperation and opening further perspectives. The design of the digital platform was developed to provide multiple possibilities in accessing its contents, which can be browsed through an index, or explored through the main interface. The latter exploits the metaphor of a sky map, and offers an unstructured navigation allowing the reconfiguration of contents. Due to its experimental nature, the Critical Archive is an in-progress tool which is supposed to continuously evolve along with the Project’s advancement.

The event has taken place at Padiglione Centrale (Sala F) of the Biennale, from Saturday 22nd November at 12.30 pm, until Sunday 23rd November at 3pm.

The scholars involved within the MeLa Project have participated to the event to present and discuss the research outcomes: Luca Basso Peressut POLIMI, Gennaro Postiglione POLIMI, Chris Whitehead  UNEW, Victoria Walsh  RCA, Perla Innocenti GU, Eleonora Lupo  POLIMI, Francesca Lanz POLIMI, Elena Montanari POLIMI,  Muñoz Maite MACBA,  Jakob Bak CIID, Catherine Descure  CIID.

Portraits of Cultural Relations in the “Diálogos Migrantes, Fotografies de Joan Tomás” (17 May to 23 July – Museu d’Historia de la Immigració de Catalunya, Sant Adrià de Besós, Barcelona )

                                                                                                          ©Photos by Joan Tomás

The exhibition of the photographic series Diálogos Migrantes, Fotografies de Joan Tomás - created with the soul of Joan Tomás consists in 13 portrait photos (4 of couples, 8 of single people and 1 event poster) accompanied by explanatory texts in catalan, extracted from the personal history of the people portrayed.

As part of the program “Diálogues Migrants” promoted by the Mescladis Foundation, the exhibition is obviously closely related to the international relations of people who emigrate to the region of Catalonia. It is much in line with the purpose of the museum – Museu d’Historia de la Immigració de Catalunya , where the exhibition was displayed, that work with the exchanges, cultural relations and migratory/citizenship conduct. The “Dialogues Migrants” program is propose as a tool for community development and social art, addressing migration from a historical perspective, investigating the first migratory roots of Spaniards in the 50′s / 60′s decided to migrate and how was that experience, then analyze, from that perspective, the current situation of migrants, giving them the prominence and word to explain their struggles, dreams and difficulties.

Mescladis as a solidarity economy initiative, it’s responsible for the setup and disassembling of the exhibition. The Mescladís project aims to promote social cohesion through community development activities and facilitate socio-labor integration of socially excluded sectors through training and solidarity economy activities. To complete, Joan Thomas is a multidisciplinary creative photographer who focuses on portraiture and documentary photography. Throughout his career he has worked in photojournalism, film production, fashion photography and advertising, working with leading Spanish magazines.

Renata Alves Margarido

‘The New Social’ at the 2nd EPEA – European Photo Exhibition Award (3 March 2014 – 31 May 2015)


Starting in Oslo (Nobel Peace Center, Norway) the “European Photo Exhibition Award 02” event – will tour throughout Europe and will be exhibited in Lucca (Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Italy), Paris (Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, France) and Hamburg (House of Photography, Germany) in order to intensify a dialogue within Europe.

From March 2014 until beginning of June 2015, the presentation will show the twelve appointed photographers that started to work on their photo essays on the topic “The New Social” after a workshop in Oslo in March 2013. Therefore, they are primarily living and working in Europe and provided by these international facilities and platforms intend to develop their careers as photographers. They are: André Cepeda (Portugal), Arja Hyytiäinen (Finland), Eric Giraudet de Boudemange (France), Espen Rasmussen (Norway), Jan Brykczynski (Poland), Kirill Golovchenko (Ukraine), Linda Bournane Engelberth (Norway), Massimo Berruti (Italy), Patricia Almeida (Portugal), Paula Winkler (Germany), Simona Ghizzoni (Italy) and Stephanie Steinkopf (Germany). » Read more

Discussing the ‘Future Paths for Museums’ in the VIII Ibero-American Meeting of Museums (13-15 October 2014 | National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon)

Within the tematics of “Future Paths for museums: trends and challenges in diversity”, representatives of 22 countries ibero-american countries were united in discussion along with numerous institutions of culture (DGPC, Ibermuseus, Segib, OEI, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, FCSH-UNL, FEUC, ULusòfona, FEP-UP, UEvora, NUI Galway, FLUP, NEMO, FBA-UL).

Together, experts in the field of museology and representatives for national and international culture public policy talk about the state of the industry and seek to deepen the mutual understanding of the realities of museums in Latin American Countries; provide opportunities for reflection around the state of matter of public policy to museums; present and discuss ideas and lines for future developments of the Ibero-American museums and serve as a platform between Latin America, Europe and the space of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries), taking advantage of host country -Portugal.

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Towards a new European Citizenship: ‘Citizens Without Borders’ Final Conference ( 28 October 2014 | Brussels )

The Conference “Towards a new European Citizenship” of the Citizens without Borders project, held in Brussels on the 28th of October, has provided for a moment of rich discussion and exchange of views between project’s partners and stakeholders mainly belonging to civil society organisations.

Starting from the theme of the implementation of the Directive 38/2004/CE, speakers have dealt extensively with the challenges that a changing society represent for the notion and the contents attached to the European citizenship. The conference was open to the participation of local authorities, members of EU Parliament, EU institutions, civil society organisations and all interested citizens. » Read more

Heritage & Identity: What makes you who you are? (5 November 2014 – Newcastle University)

The fifth Heritage Debate, promoted the Heritage Alliance within the Newcastle Heritage Debate 2014 series, will take place on 5 November 2014 at Newcastle University (Armstrong Building, King’s Hall). This Debate explores the highly topical issue of heritage and identity – what makes you who you are. It will review how heritage contributes to and is used to create identity from a range of different perspectives, European, national and regional, community and individual.

Dr Rhiannon Mason, Senior Lecturer in “Museum, Gallery, and Heritage Studies” at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies of Newcastle University and one of the main investigators within MeLa Research Field 01, is part of the debate’s panel together with Graham Bell, Secretary of Europa Nostra UK and Director North of England Civic Trust, and Izzy Mohammed, Audience Engagement Coordinator at the Library of Birmingham. The panel wil be chaired by Loyd Grossman OBE FSA, Chairman, The Heritage Alliance

‘EMEE: Young Scenographers Contest’: Changing the Perspective for European Museum Objects (28 November | University of Augsburg, Germany)

The Young Scenographers Contest is an international, trans-disciplinary design competition promoted within the Research Project EuroVision: Museums Exhibiting Europe (EMEE), European museum development project for national and regional museums, funded by the Culture Programme of the European Union in November 2012 and aimed at exploring interdisciplinary approaches for museums to re-interpret their objects in a broader context of European and  transnational history.

The Young Scenographers Contest is dedicated to the development of the theme “One Object – Many Visions – EuroVisions”. Its goal is the definition of new transcultural approaches to present regional objects in a European dimension via contemporary, content consistent exhibition design and new formats of presentation. Further information can be downloaded at: » Read more