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”.