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jects seem to have failed or have simply been stopped, such as that of the Molo dell’Immacolatella in Naples, those promoted by the non-profit organisation, Migrationsmuseum Schweiz, in Zurich and by DOMiDDocumentation Center and the Museum of Migration in Germany (at the moment just putting on temporary exhibitions) and many others.

Migrations are not always a popular subject, being so strongly conditioned by the political situation of the time. Given the time required to recount an extended period of history and the fact that migrations are not an easy issue to face, neither politically nor culturally, it is taking a long time for European museums to take on the subject along with the resulting multicultural societies and the challenges they present. Still, migrations and multiculturalism are increasingly becoming a fundamental issue for museums—something they simply cannot ignore. The strong impulse to research the field of migration studies in recent years, and consequently the push to a reflection on the role of museums in a multicultural society, characterise European policies, often with the support of public programmess such as those promoted by the EU and its agencies, NGOs and activist groups. This impulse has found echo in the plethora of temporary exhibitions focusing on the relationship between migration and identity, seen through the lens of art, sociology and anthropology. (We are reminded of Migrations at the Tate Britain, “Un air d’Italie” at the Musée Dauphinois in Grenoble, “J’ai deux amours” at the CNHI in Paris, “Becoming a Copenhagener” at the Museum of Copenhagen, “Wahlverwandtschaften–Imaginationen des Nomadischen at the Ethnology Museum in Hamburg, “[S]oggetti migranti” at the Museo Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini in Rome, just to name a few casestudies of the last couple of years.) elenco.php?id=4, last visited on December 10th 2012.

img. 4.02 — The interior of the Museo Narrante Nave della Sila, Camigliatello Silano, Italy. Photo by Anna Chiara Cimoli.

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European Museums in the 21st Century: Setting the Framework - Vol. 2  

This book grew out of the earliest work of the MeLa Research Field 6, “Envisioning 21st Century Museums,” aimed at exploring current trends...

European Museums in the 21st Century: Setting the Framework - Vol. 2  

This book grew out of the earliest work of the MeLa Research Field 6, “Envisioning 21st Century Museums,” aimed at exploring current trends...

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