MeLa RF03 Brainstorming workshop on European heritage, migrations and new media: networks and collaborations across museums, libraries and public cultural institutions was held on 23 April 2012 at the University of Glasgow. During this successful and interactive event, MeLa Consortium members and invited guests from the Research Field 03 expert group discussed topics of collaboration across museums, libraries and public cultural institutions, migration and European cultural and scientific heritage.
The workshop was kicked off by the local hosts Dr John Richards, Head of History of Art at the University of Glasgow and Perla Innocenti, Research Fellow and RF03 Leader, who provided an overview of MeLa and Rf03.
International Conference as part of the
MeLA* – European Museums in an Age of Migrations European Commission FP7-funded project
Organised by the International Centre for Cultural & Heritage Studies, Newcastle University 3-4 September 2012
Call for Papers
The imperatives surrounding the museum representation of place have shifted from the late eighteenth century to today. This is in part because the political significance of place itself has changed and continues to change at all scales, from local, civic, regional to national and supranational. At the same time, recognition of changes in population flows, migration patterns and demographic movement now underscore both cultural and political practice, be it in the accommodation of ‘diversity’ in cultural and social policy, scholarly explorations of hybridity or in state immigration controls. These issues, taken historically, have particular significance for contemporary understandings of the role [...]
The research team at UNEW (Chris Whitehead, Rhiannon Mason and Susannah Eckersley) have developed a conceptual framework for their ongoing case study explorations.
This framework has developed out of a wide-ranging literature review on museums, migration, mobilities and their theories and subthemes (including for example: identity; diversity; multiculturalism; gender; politics; memory; trauma; post-colonialism). It is also based on an extensive review of relevant museums throughout Europe (EU member states, associated states, countries with agreements and countries situated within geographic Europe). A database has been created by UNEW which includes museums not only specifically focussed on migration (both immigration and emigration) as a discrete topic, but also national, regional and local museums which cover themes related to migration and mobility. These include such diverse museum ‘types’ as: history museums; Heimat museums; ecomuseums; ethnology, ethnography and folk museums; open air museums; city museums; museums specifically relating to diasporic and/or indigenous communities (such [...]