The International Conference promoted by the MeLa research team at Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” has been an outstanding opportunity to debate about “The Postcolonial Museum: the Pressures of Memory and the Bodies of History“. The book of abstract reporting the presented contributions will soon be available on the MeLa website.
The event has been widely disseminated by the media: you can look at the video The Postcolonial Museum, promoted by “L’Orientale” Web Magazine, and you can read the journal articles in the MeLa Press Room.
The MeLa research group at University of Naples “L’Orientale” is promoting the second MeLa International Conference, that will take place on 7-8 February 2013. The event will offer the opportunity to debate about “The Postcolonial Museum: The Pressures of Memory and the Bodies of History”, through the contributions of various scholars, museum operators, architects and artists.
See the conference details on the MeLa website at: http://wp2.mela-project.eu/wp/pages/research-field-02-international-conference.
The intention of the contributions in this volume is to explore the parameters and paradigms of the contemporary museum—its spaces, practices and avowed purposes—in the light of the critical interrogations raised by postcolonial criticism and analyses. How are we to re-think museum studies, exhibitionary practices and archiving procedures within the radical revaluation of Occidental modernity? Such an investigation witnesses the latter’s historical and cultural premises being exposed to questions and possibilities it has rarely authorized. When the unsung bodies, cultures and histories of colonialism and Empire return to ghost the contemporary world—this, too, is “globalization”—then the manner of picturing and framing the memories of that past and present becomes a pressing and contested matter. Are we merely to adjust and enlarge an inherited frame of understanding to incorporate this critical encounter, or is something more required?
Edited by Beatrice Ferrara, the book collects essays by: a.titolo, Danilo Capasso, Iain [...]
The MeLa Book Series, which was started by the on-line publication of the Proceedings of the MeLa Kick-off Meeting in Roma – “Museums in an Age of Migrations. Questions, Challenges, Perspectives”, edited by Luca Basso Peressut and Clelia Pozzi, can already be downloaded from the MeLa website – is now about to be enriched by the new Project’s outcomes.
The books ensued from the preliminary research activities of the MeLa Research Fields 01.Museums & Identity in History and Contemporaneity, 02.Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernity and Museum Practices, 03.Network of Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions, and 05.Exhibition Design, Technology of Representation and Experimental Actions will be soon available. We report here the abstracts illustrating the upcoming publications.
The Postcolonial Museum: the Pressures of Memory and the Bodies of History. RF02 International Conference - 7-8 February 2013
Organised by the University of Naples “l’Orientale”, MeLa RF2.
Call for Papers DEADLINE: 14 September 2012
Newcastle Upon Tyne, University of Newcastle, Old Library, 20th April 2012 MeLa official 2nd Brainstorming, organized by RF 01: Museums and Identity in History and Contemporaneity.
The Brainstorming has mainly focused on issues of migration (intended both as an event and as a process), of identity (connected to place, belonging/un-belonging, assimilation/inclusion/exclusion etc.), of place (intended as the physical locus of identity formation and as museums’ field of work, inspiring source, necessary condition, as well as scope). The RF2 contributions (UNO – Alessandra De Angelis, Mariangela Orabona), in terms of questions and debate, concerned the way museums could be (re-) thought according to a theory of “fluxes” ¬– museums as “space of fluxes”, rather than “place of places”, considering the relation between margins and centres in terms of border-crossing and spaces of invention as well as power. Utilizing the productive power of border thinking to evoke heterogeneity, multiplication and fragmentation as [...]
After a brief introduction by Iain Chambers illustrating some of the basic questions that invest contemporary understanding of museums, migration, postcoloniality and the formation of the archive,
The MeLa Staff is pleased to launch the new issue of the MeLa Newsletter, providing updated news about the Project, its outcomes, events and publications, and briefly introducing the nine Project Partners.
Don’t miss in this issue: ‘The Postnational Museum’: an insight from a keynote presentation ‘Questioning the Development of European Identity/Identities’: a report from the European Commission Conference ‘The First MeLa Brainstorming’: an introduction to the Mela event in Naples ‘The Invention of the Savage’: a personal view of the exhibition MeLa forthcoming events.
Those who subscribed to the Newsletter received it in their e-mail; you can also download the file from the website of the project.
Save the date! The next brainstorming session is coming up!