The International Network of Migration Institutions

The current trend in the development of migration museums, named differently worldwide, is an interesting phenomenon, as it may contribute to the creation of a new and multiple identity, at an individual and collective level. Like the United States with Ellis Island, Australia, Canada, and more recently several European countries – e.g. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom – have been creating such venues to facilitate transmission between generations as well as encounters between migrants and the host populations, by telling their personal story. Continue reading The International Network of Migration Institutions

Seizing Intangible Heritage

Project for the post-doc research grant 2009-2010 of the Ville de Paris.

The modern concern for ‘intangible cultural heritage’ (i.e. the oral manifestations of traditional cultures) arose in the second half of the last century. While witnessing the achievement of modernity, western intellectuals realised the importance of folk traditions and encountered a problem that is still troubling them: how to preserve oral cultures when the communities that created them are rapidly disappearing? Continue reading Seizing Intangible Heritage