Defining the role of the new museum in an age of migration

CIID is one of nine key partners in the MeLa* European Museums research project. ‘MeLa* in an age of migrations’ is a four year long research project funded by the European Commission. It is an interdisciplinary programme which reflects on the new museums role with the aim to define new strategies for contemporary museums in a context characterised by a continuous migration of people and ideas.

CIID’s role in the MeLa* project, will focus on investigating the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Museums, Libraries and Exhibition Design. In particular, CIID will draw on and apply critical thinking to the ways that technologies have been used in museum and exhibition platforms, as well as digital ethnography and interaction design. This will build toward the communication of the complexity of traditions, identities and cultures in the EU today.

‘Mela’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘gathering’ or ‘meeting’; today it is referred to intercultural encounters, intended as opportunities for community building

The project involves nine European partners with different yet complementary fields of expertise: Politecnico Di Milano, Royal College of Art, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Università degli Studi di Na- poli L’Orientale, University of Glasgow, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Richerche, and Consorci del Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and CIID — who will all participate in the research activities with a collaborative approach.

Allen, J., Andersen, K., Gauthier, D. (2012)  What Kind of Technology is the Museum? In: Basso Peressut, Luca, and Clelia Pozzi, eds. 2012. Museums in an Age of Migrations. Milan: Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Progettazione dell’Architettura.  Available here


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