Migrations / Mediations: arts and communication as resources for intercultural dialogue

The Migrations | Mediations project tackles the different uses of media, theatre and performance, art and culture in the management of migratory phenomena and the promotion of intercultural dialogue. Specific attention is given to the practices implemented in Milan and Lombardy. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore funds the project as a “University Interest Project” for the years 2016-2019. It mainly involves scholars and researchers from the Department of Communication and Performing Arts but also collects the contributions of scholars from other departments.

The project has a twofold nature. On the one hand, it is a research project, and therefore intends to map forms of representation produced by old and new media; policies expressed and enacted by institutions; concrete initiatives and practices coming from associations, cooperatives, cultural groups, etc., in relation to the use of media, theatre and art in intercultural dialogue. As a research project, Mediations | Migrations organises workshops and conferences collecting scholars from various disciplinary fields; constructs and implements research tools such as archives and databases; produces some volumes, special issues of journals, individual contributions by researchers. On the other hand, Mediations | Migrations is a project of intervention, aimed to promote cross-collaboration between institutions, producers and artists; to disseminate good practices and to encourage their replicability; to support and implement a professional awareness of the operators in the field. As such, Migrations | Mediations promotes meetings between producers, operators and policymakers; makes its databases available to them; it is linked to similar initiatives at national and European level; produces a “White Paper of the operators of intercultural dialogue”.

Call for papers: International Conference «Migrations / Mediations»

The International Conference «Migrations / Mediations. Promoting intercultural dialogue through media, arts and culture» will take place on April 6 & 7 at Cattolica University in Milano, Italy.
The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2020. Interested contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and a short biographical note to migrations.mediations@unicatt.it

Additional information regarding the project «Migration/Mediations» is available at this link.

New Neighbours in community media meet in Vienna

OKTO TV and Radio ORANGE 94.0 hosted New Neighbours editors in Vienna for 3 days of training and production at the end of November 2019. 

ORANGE 94.0 is one of the largest community radios in the German-speaking world, with over 500 volunteers and 150 programs. Broadcasting since 1998, it provides diverse content in 25 languages and alternative music to its audience. Journalists from the broadcast series “New Life in Vienna” discussed the chances and challenges of a multicultural team, and the shared the ‘lessons learnt’ from their program. “New Life in Vienna” was an information program on Radio ORANGE 94.0 produced in Arabic, Dari, Somali, English and German, that addressed newly arrived refugees in Vienna.

Participants also visited OKTO TV, where they had the chance to learn the basics of mobile video production and get to know the daily routine of a community TV station. OKTO was established in the fall of 2005, providing training, infrastructure and support to around 500 volunteer producers. The group produced various multilingual media outputs, interviews and films: