How do museums in Europe represent histories and experiences of migration? How do they fashion identities connected to European places as destinations and places (sometimes multicultural ones) to live or to travel through? What is the relationship between European places and non-European ones, where they share historic connections resulting from colonialism or labour force agreements? How might we understand and study museum representations pertaining to place, identity and migration in contemporary Europe?
These questions are addressed in this book, which is the first of a series authored by researchers at Newcastle University in the context of the MeLa Project, Chris Whitehead, Rhiannon Mason and Susannah Eckersley. The book sets out the theoretical and methodological premises for MeLa Research Field 01, focused on Museums and Identity in History and Contemporaneity, and aimed at developing policy-relevant arguments concerning the cultural significance of place within museum representations, for questions of contemporary European [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
‘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.