Thursday, April 23, 2015
MELA: European Museums in an Age of Migrations
I want to bring your attention to an amazing four-year Research Project funded by the European Commission that has been recently completed. The project called MELA included 9 European Partners and aimed to delineate new approaches for museums in relation with the conditions posed by the migrations of people, cultures, ideas, information and knowledge in the global world.
There were 6 research fileds, the second of which is called "Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernity and Museum Practices", based at the Università L'Orientale of Naples and directed by prof. Iain Chambers, putting together a great number of bright researchers. You can access a brochure that explain in detail the aims and objectves of the project (Research Field 2) here.
You can also access an amazing list of documents including publications as results of the research project, such as The Ruined Archive (ed. by Iain Chambers, Giulia Grechi, Mark Nash); The Postcolonial Museum (ed. by Iain Chambers, Alessandra De Angelis, Celeste Ianniciello, Mariangela Orabona and Michaela Quadraro); Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernities and Museum Practices, (ed. by Beatrice Ferrara).
For those interested in cultural heritage, memory, migration and museum practices this is an indispensable source.
Well done Iain Chambers and his team!