MeLa* Midterm Seminar Brochure, providing an overview of the contributions presented by MeLa Partners and museum pratictioners at the Midterm Seminar in Paris, “Let the Museum Speak,” is now available on the MeLa website.
Two years and a half after the MeLa Kick-off Meeting held at at Musei Capitolini and MAXXI in Rome, which inaugurated the beginning of the MeLa Project activities, the Midterm Seminar has represented an important milestone fostering introspection, dissemination, collection of new stimuli and planning of further tasks, as well as gathering new key findings through the coalescence of theories and practices.
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The RF03 Final Brochure, presenting the activities developed within the Research Field 03, is now available on the MeLa website.
MeLa Research Field 03, which has investigated “Network of Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions”, aimed to leverage the power of cultural networks, for supporting European cultural institutions to better address contemporary challenges of globalisation, mobility, migrating heritage and cultural dialogue, and the use of Information and Communication Technologies.
Desk and field research activities included several real-life case studies, surveys and interviews with scholars and practitioners, meetings with stakeholders and policy makers, an international workshop and an international conference, and various publications.
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The RF01 Final Brochure, presenting the activities developed within the MeLa Research Field 01, is now available on the MeLa website.
The objective of the first MeLa research field is to explore the importance of place in European museums for the construction of identities. Researchers analysed key displays in museums that focus on historical and contemporary issues around place, identity and belonging with specific reference to the migration and movement of people. Additionally, researchers interviewed staff and visitors in order to understand how and why museums develop such displays and how visitors, including those with migrant backgrounds, respond to them. Migration has inevitable connections with some of the most pressing issues in European societies, such as the mobility of people, multiculturalism, diversity, equality of opportunity and social cohesion or division. Museums have the potential to play an important role in exploring these issues, and some do so in responsible and thoughtprovoking ways. However, this research has produced a number of suggestions for practice that can facilitate the constructive contribution that museums can make to social, political and cultural relations and debates.
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On Saturday 29th of March,
Francesca Lanz will present the MeLa Project during the programme “European Magazine” that will be broadcasted by the Polish Radio 2, from h. 13:30-14:00 (live streming at http://www.polskieradio.pl/8,Dwojka).
During the short interview – that will be translated in Polish – Francesca will introduce the research topics, the adopted approach and the main insights gathered so far, including the MeLa Books Series and the latest publication “European Museums in the 21st Century”.