This volume, produced within MeLa Research Field 03 activities and edited by Perla Innocenti, collects a series of essays, case studies and interviews exploring diverse European perspectives on interdisciplinary collaborations between cultural institutions. Twenty international scholars and practitioners from seven European countries discuss cross-domain partnerships, cultural identity and cultural dialogue, heritage for the arts and sciences, European narratives, migration and mobility, and describe real-life case studies in museums, libraries, foundations, associations and online portals.
The book aims at forming the basis for analysis and discussion of European cultural cooperation at translocal and trasnational level, providing scenarios, direct experiences and materials that can be further extended, enhanced and be a source of inspiration within the MeLa project network and beyond.
Weaving together real-life contexts and processes of collaboration, networking and partnership, this work provides an overview of emerging cooperation patterns and challenges, obstacles and potentialities in digital and physical settings. [...]
Farum is a suburb 40 minutes away from Copenhagen. Here, following the wish of a major, in the middle of the Nineties was born the first idea of an Immigrants Museum, now hosted in the Culture House (the museum as it is now opened its doors at the beginning of 2012). The Immigrantmuseet is a part of the state authorised Furesø Museums, which also run local museums and archives. Entrance is free. Anna Chiara Cimoli (Politecnico of Milan) visited it in the framework of her research about migration museums, and interviewed curator Susanne Krogh Jensen.
Perla Innocenti (University of Glasgow) and Giulia Grechi (University of Naples) undertook a research fieldwork visit to the SUDLAB premises in Naples, Italy in March 2012. SUDLAB is a successful no-profit R&D center focusing on contemporary arts and ICT for cultural applications. The center offers both a physical exhibition space and an online platform for collaborations and patnerships in Italy and internationally. We interviewed Antonio Perna, director of SUDLAB, and discussed with him the opportunities and challenge offered by collaborations at local and international level across diverse communities of practice. One example was the collaborative project Mediterraneo – Musica – Migrazione described by SUDLAB in the RF03 online survey. We also talked about the implications and effects of funding sources upon unfunded collaborations. This visit gave us a useful insight into the world of no-profit cultural associations that are using ICTs to address topics of interest for the MeLa [...]
The EU-funded project MeLA is developing multi-disciplinary resources for investigating major European public museums, supporting their collaboration with libraries and public cultural institutions, and helping them to address contemporary challenges of globalization, European integration, and new media.
In MeLA Research Field 03 (Network of Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions) we wish to find out experiences of collaborative projects between transnational museums, libraries and other cultural institutions, focusing on multiculturalism, migration and the use of new media. Our geographic focus at this stage is on transnational and/or national partnerships within Europe and/or at extra-European level.
An online survey is available at http://tinyurl.com/MeLAproject-survey . The results of this survey will contribute to our investigation on innovative coordination strategies between museums and other cultural institutions, which will be presented to the European Commission.
Some information about this survey: – The survey consists of 30 research questions and it will take about [...]