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12.10. 2012

International Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, 3-4 December 2012

Migrating heritage: networks and collaborations across European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions

International Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, 3-4 December 2012
Organised by HoA - School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow as part of EC-funded FP7 project European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLA)

How can museums define innovative practices, spaces and policies that reflect the challenges of building an inclusive Europe in an age of migrations? Such question is being addressed by European Museums in an age of migrations - MeLa (www.mela-project.eu), a 4-year collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities Program (FP7).

This MeLa conference, organised by the University of Glasgow explores innovative trans-national and trans-local partnerships, collaborations and policies between European museums, libraries & public cultural institutions around the themes of European cultural heritage for the arts and sciences, migration, cultural dialogue, and use of ICTs. What are the experiences and effects of collaboration, partnerships and networks around the core activities of archiving, preserving, displaying history and artefacts, and the associated categories of cultural value and identity? Is it possible to allow more flexible and heterogenic connections of public cultural institutions within the European/Mediterranean space? How are museums, libraries and public cultural institutions presenting themselves and interacting with multicultural audiences? What guidelines and policies could be suggested to support networking of public cultural institutions?

Conference attendance is free and will include coffee breaks and buffet lunches. Advanced online registration is required here.

Conference program
A preliminary program is available online for conference Day 1 and Day 2, and for download as PDF.

The following institutions are represented by speakers at the conference: Australian National Maritime Museum; British Library; Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration; Council of Europe (Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Division, DG II); European Cultural Foundation; Europeana; Foundation for the History of Technology, The Netherlands; Génériques; Glasgow Museums; Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network; Harvard University; London South Bank University; Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Museum of the Resistance, Deportation, War, Rights and Freedom (Turin); Natural History Museum, London; Politecnico di Milano. Further institutions are also represented by the poster presenters.

Confirmed invited speakers
Sharon MacDonald (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester)
Kathrin Merkle (Head of the Cultural Policy, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Division, DG II, Council of Europe)
Rebecca Kay and Alison Phipps (Professors at University of Glasgow and convenors of Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network)
Agnès Arquez Roth (Directrice réseau et partenariats, Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration)
Dr Bernhard Serexhe (Chief Curator of ZKM Media Museum)
Anne Marie van Gerwen (Marketing & Communications Manager, Europeana)
Katherine Watson (Director of European Cultural Foundation)

Themes addressed in the conference
Case studies on museums, libraries and public cultural institutions collaborating for European integration and cultural dialogue
Operative approaches to multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism in public cultural institutions
National and transnational collaboration models: partnerships, cooperation, coordination
European cultural policies, migration and mobility
Identity, memory and heritage in European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions
European narratives and cultural points of divergence and commonality
European cultural and scientific heritages in a post-migratory world
Archiving, preservation and exhibition technologies in relation to migration and mobility
Politics of migrating objects, including repatriation
Cross border tourism, customs and border policies, including souvenirs and museum replicas

Travel and accommodation
Suggestions for travel and accommodation can be found at:

Anticipated audience
Scholars and PhD students in museum studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, sociology of organisations, library and information science, cultural policies, social sciences, human-computer interaction and related areas
Practitioners from museums, libraries, public institutions
Decision-makers and policy makers
Users of cultural institutions and representatives of migrant communities

Conference organising committee
Perla Innocenti, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow and MeLa RF03 leader
Dr John Richards, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow
Andrew Greg, History of Art, CCA, University of Glasgow
Consulting partners
Dept. of Human and Social Sciences, "Orientale" University of Naples
Dept. of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion (INDACO) - Politecnico di Milano
Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)
Glasgow Museums

Contact chairs at mela2012conference@glasgow.ac.uk
Website: wp3.mela-project.eu/wp/pages/research-field-03-international-conference