CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN
European Museums in an Age of Migrations

European Museums in an Age of Migrations

Objective

“Migration” is a key word that indicates a complex condition of contemporary society, in which mobility doesn’t only pertain to people, but to objects, information and knowledge too. Hence, the “age of migrations” that MeLa adopts as its framework reflects a set of global processes that do not only involve the transnationalization of labor, but also the refashioning of the cultural and political spheres under the impact of today’s global mobility. In this context, the main objective of MeLa is to define innovative museum practices that reflect the challenges of the contemporary processes of globalization, mobility and migration. To succeed in its intentions MeLa will devise strategies for museums to enhance the European cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, and turn it into an effective agent of shared forms of citizenship and identity building. At the core of the MeLa research, in fact, lies the idea that shared values, memories and identities can drive a change in European museums and turn them into crucial venues for the contemporary age of migrations. This process implies a redefinition of the museums’ ways of organizing and representing their collections in order to encompass a complex variety of voices and subjects. This strategy brings out the concepts of multiplicity (of voices, points of view, theories, etc.) and hybridity (of forms and physical expressions in architecture and exhibition settings) that operate in contemporary culture, and exploits them to create truly democratic forms of European citizenship.
On an operative level, MeLa is characterized by an innovative research methodology that entails the use of both traditional and experimental research tools, like brainstorming sessions, “research by art” and “research by design” activities. The project involves nine European partners with different yet complementary fields of expertise: five universities, two museums, a research institute and a small company—they will all participate in the research activities with a collaborative approach. Public events and art exhibitions will be organized to provide stimuli to the research activities and share their process findings, bringing together experts from different museums sectors, scholars and artists. Beside resulting in traditional critical reflections, the theories, methodologies and proposals developed by the research will be tested in experimental pilot projects of virtual of real exhibitions. The research findings will finally coalesce into scientific publications and policy briefs for the use of the European Union and the museum community.

(“Mela” is the Sanskrit word for “gathering” or “meeting”; today it is referred to intercultural encounters, intended as opportunities for community building).
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Address

Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 798 599

Administrative Contact

Massimo Depau (Dr.)

Participants (8)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI L'ORIENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 320 700

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 306 750

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 309 150

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 83 600

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 260 150

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 161 541

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 332 590

CONSORCI DEL MUSEU D ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 126 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266757

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2011

  • End date

    28 February 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 270 341

  • EU contribution

    € 2 699 880

Coordinated by:

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy