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“MeditHerity” MOBILITY AND HERITAGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN – 1st International Summer School

September 14 - September 22


Tourists and Migrants (un)expected encounters in the Mediterranean
La Valletta, Malta

Cultural heritage is commonly thought as a product of the longstanding link between people and their own territory. But, as anthropologist James Clifford shown us, in our contemporary world culture and identity are associated to “routes” as much as to “roots”. We are prompted to recognize that different kinds of mobility and flows are closely connected to the global dynamics of place making.

The Mediterranean is one of the most significant areas where we can observe this phenomenon. Here the constant movement of tourists and migrants across both sides of the sea in the last decades has been producing several (un)expected encounters. On the beaches of Lesvos and Kos as in the ethnic neighborhoods of Marseille and Barcelona, in the “Sea Memory Museum” of Zarzis as at “Porto M” of Lampedusa, the clear cut border between tourism and migration is contested and vanished.

In order to follow the paths of this “heritage on the move” we can combine different fields of studies and manage a variety of approaches, ranging from engagement in theoretical debate to application of our skills in innovative projects.

The main aim of the Summer School is to improve the knowledge of the participants in the anthropology of mobility and heritage and their capacity to develop fruitfull cooperations with private and public agencies.

The Summer School will be divided in sets of lessons and activities including: analysis of theoretical and methodological tools; presentation of case studies with an ethnographic approach; visits to specific places and institutions engaged in migration and tourism in Malta.

Topics Covered

  • Tourism-led migration and Migration-led tourism
  • Roots tourism/Diaspora tourism
  • Ethnic neighbourhoods as places of leisure and consumption
  • Everyday multiculturalism
  • Responsible and ethic tourism
  • Applied/Public anthropology
  • Border studies

Two half days will be devoted to take part in a workshop organized by the staff of the “RIMA Project” about the relationship between forced migration, self-narrative and theatre www.rimaproject.org and to design a pilot “intercultural walking tour” related to the “MIGRANTOUR Project” www.migrantour.org

Applications are currently open.

Details here: http://www.summerschoolbicocca.com/19-meditherity.php

For Further information, contact: francesco.vietti@unimib.it



September 14
September 22