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02.12. 2012

MeLa Newsletter #05

The MeLa Staff is pleased to launch the new issue of the MeLa Newsletter

The MeLa Staff is pleased to launch the new issue of the MeLa Newsletter, providing updated news about the Project, the latest publications and the forthcoming events. Don't miss in this issue: the presentation of the new MeLa Books, ensued within the Research Fields 01, 02, 03 and 05; `Remarks on "Placing" Europe in the Museum': a report from the first MeLa International Conference, by Chris Whitehead; a presentation of `The Conclusion of the EuroMed2012 Conference under the EU Cypriot Presidency'; an introduction to the project 'Brera: un'altra storia', by Silvia Mascheroni; an overview about the exhibitions and the seminars promoted in cooperation with the MeLa researchers within the [S]oggetti Migranti project; MeLa forthcoming events


The following publications are available:

Whitehead, Christopher, Susannah Eckersley, and Rhiannon Mason. 2012. Placing Migration in European Museums: Theoretical, Contextual and Methodological Foundations. Milan: Politecnico di Milano DPA.

How might we understand and study museum representations pertaining to place, identity and migration in contemporary Europe? This question is addressed in this book, which is the first of a series produced by researchers at Newcastle University in the context of the EC-funded project `European Museums in an Age of Migrations' (MeLa). The book sets out the theoretical and methodological premises for Research Field 1 of the MeLa Project. This Research Field focuses on Museums and Identity in History and today, and will develop policy-relevant arguments concerning the cultural significance of place within museum representations for questions of contemporary European identities and notions of citizenship.

Ferrara, Beatrice, ed. 2012.
Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernities and Museum Practices. Milan: Politecnico di Milano DPA.

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? With contributions by: a.titolo, Danilo Capasso, Iain Chambers, Lidia Curti, Alessandra De Angelis, Beatrice Ferrara, Giulia Grechi, Celeste Ianniciello, Mariangela Orabona, Michaela Quadraro, and Federica Timeto.

Innocenti, Perla, ed. 2012.
European Crossroads: Museums, Cultural Dialogue and Interdisciplinary Networks in a Transnational Perspective. Milan: Politecnico di Milano DPA.

This volume collects a series of essays and interviews exploring diverse European perspectives on interdisciplinary collaborations between cultural institutions. International scholars and practitioners 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. With contributions by and interviews with: Joan Abella, Agnes Arquez Roth, Janine Burger, Mela Davila, Sergio Dogliani, Helene du Mazaubrun, Annette Friberg, Fabienne Galangau, Michel Guiraud, Els Jacob, Jean Patrick Leduc, Pompeo Martelli, Perla Innocenti, Laurence Isnard, Ellen McAdam, Jan Molendijk, Antonio Perna, Anne Solene Rolland, Sreten Ugričić, and Katherine Watson.

Allen, Jamie, and Eleonora Lupo, eds. 2012.
Representing Museum Technologies. Milan: Politecnico di Milano DPA.

The use of technologies in the context of museums and cultural institutions is a topic that helps bring a focus to the myriad of representational, interactive and informational forms these cultural milieux allow. Combined with developments in the public take-up of mobile technologies and networked media and communications, technologies used in representing and producing culture cause us to fundamentally re-imagine and reinvent the role of cultural institutions in a technological society. This case study source book is a snapshot, a distillation of contemporary practice by museums and cultural institutions, along with commentary, critique and best practice reflections by interdisciplinary-researchers from the MeLa project.