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. [...]
‘Migrating heritage: networks and collaborations across European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions’
International conference, Glasgow, 3-4 December 2012
Organised by History of Art, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
as part of EC-funded FP7 project European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLA)
Full conference programme with abstracs and biographies: http://www.mela-project.eu/upl/cms/attach/20121119/181830286_6888.pdf
Registration is FREE at http://mela2012conference.eventbrite.com/ by 23 November 2012 and includes a delegate pack, lunches, refreshments, and wine reception.
Perla Innocenti (University of Glasgow) concluded the 2012 RF03 fieldwork research with a visit to the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe in June 2012, and interviewed key staff members.
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media is a unique and pioneering cultural institution, a sort of digital Bauhaus characterized by digital creative spaces, technological innovation and new artistic approaches, interdisciplinary in nature and based on international partnerships with museums, cultural institutions, research centres, universities and broadcasting stations.
Perla interviewed Janine Burger, Head of ZKM | Museum Communication, and Dr Bernhard Serexhe, Chief Curator of the ZKM | Media Museums. Janine Burger talked about engaging with local multicultural communities, ZKM’s rich educational programme with schools and communicating media art, whilst Dr Serexhe addressed the overall framework of collaborations within ZKM and reflected upon cultural memory and time-based artworks.
Perla Innocenti (University of Glasgow) continued the RF03 fieldwork research with a visit to the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris in May 2012, and interviewed key staff members.
The Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration (CNHI) is the National Centre for Immigration History, in Paris, Franc. The project to create a place dedicated to the history and cultures of immigration in France dates back to the early 1980s, upon the persistent appeal of various associations and historians who founded an Association for a Museum of Immigration. A study prepared by the association Generiques at the request of the French Government in 2001 proposed the creation of a national centre of history and culture of immigration, whose implementation was open to a variety of forms, from a national networking centre to an open university or a museum. The project that would lead to the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire [...]
MeLa Research Field 3 (http://wp3.mela-project.eu/), composed by international institutions and led by the University of Glasgow, is organising an international conference on ’Migrating heritage: networks and collaborations across European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions’, 3-4 December 2012, to identify and explore innovative trans-national and trans-local partnerships, collaborations and policies between European museums, libraries & other public cultural institutions around the themes of European cultural and scientific heritage, migration and integration, and use of ICTs.
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.
Perla Innocenti (University of Glasgow) further enriched RF03 fieldwork research with a visit to the Europeana headquarters in the The Hague in April 2012, and interviews with key staff members. Europeana is a single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe from European cultural and scientific institutions. It provides heritage institutions with the opportunity to reach out to more users, increase their web traffic, enhance their users’ experience and build new partnerships. It is a is a platform for knowledge exchange between librarians, curators, archivists and the creative industries. And it is a prestigious initiative endorsed by the European Commission as a means to stimulate creative economy and promote cultural tourism. Perla interviewed Annette Friberg (Head of Aggregation and projects), Els Jacob (Europeana Assistant Director) and Jan Molendijk (Technical and Operations Director, pictured below) about Europeana version 1 [...]
MeLa Research Field 03 team is delighted to announce its brainstorming event, a workshop on 23 April 2012 reserved for MeLA consortium members and invited guests from the Research Field 03 expert group and other selected institutions. This event is an opportunity for us to network with scholars and experts across the topics of collaboration, cultural institutions, migration and European heritage, to take a look at questions outside our specific field of expertise and to develop our ideas further. The Research Field 03 expert group includes representatives from museums, libraries, foundations, associations and cultural policy.
The event program is articulated in four sessions:
Narratives for Europe: Katherine Watson (Director of European Cultural Foundation), Dr Sreten Ugricic (writer, philosopher, former Director of the National Library of Serbia) – followed by Q&A and discussion European cultural and scientific heritage: Dr Bernhard Serexhe (Chief Curator of ZKM Media Museum), Giulia Grechi (University of [...]
The RF03 team moved forward in the ongoing research on networks and collaborations with a case study at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) on 8-9 March 2012. Based in Luxembourg, the CVCE is an interdisciplinary research and documentation centre dedicated to the European integration process. Its mission is to create, share and valorise knowledge in an innovative digital environment.
Perla Innocenti (University of Glasgow) participated to the ASSETS project final workshop, a Europeana collaborative project described by CVCE in the RF03 online survey. This workshop provided a great overview of the ASSETS project achievements, and Europeana developments. Interesting discussions also focussed on the concept of European culture and European heritage, multimedia and copyright, and engagement with users. Perla then conducted in-depth interviews with Ghislain Sillaume and Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez in relation to networks, collaboration models, European culture and European integration.
ASSETS (Advanced Service Search and [...]