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Stranded traces: Migrants’ objects, self-narration and ideology in a failed museum project

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The article will discuss the uneven path of the bottom-up Museum of Migration Project in Lampedusa, involving local and national associations, as well as the Town Council. In recounting this failed experience, this text will particularly try to grasp the use and ‘property’ of the objects and personal documents lost or taken away from migrants, the degree of involvement of the subjects directly concerned, and the ideological and political rifts that occurred around this project.

Keywords: Lampedusa; archive; memory; migration; museumification; self-narration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Archive of Migrant Memories, Rome

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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  • The course of cultures at both local and global levels is crucially affected by migratory movements. In turn, culture itself is turned migrant. This journal will advance the study of the plethora of cultural texts on migration produced by an increasing number of cultural practitioners across the globe who tackle questions of culture in the context of migration. They do this in a variety of ways and through a variety of media. To name but a few relevant aspects of this juncture of migration and culture, questions of dislocation, travel, borders, diasporic identities, transnational contacts and cultures, cultural memory, the transmission of identity across generations, questions of hybridity and cultural difference, the material and oral histories of migration and the role of new technologies in bridging cultures and fostering cultural cross-pollination will all be relevant. Methodologies of research will include both the study of 'texts' and fieldwork.
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