Academic researchers from different fields of study work together with European and non-European artists on the identification and practice of new strategies, methodologies and tools, such as ethnographic research, interviews and focus group, enquiries, and urban mapping.
Given the complexity of the Atlas of Transitions project, which includes artistic, cultural, and social aspects of investigation, and considered the presence of various partners from seven different countries, a set of mixed research methodologies will be adopted here.
The analysis of the context in which the research takes place represents a pivotal phase for each academic partner, which will report the specific aspects concerning each country, such as socio-economic, (inter)cultural, and political contexts as well as migration, performing arts and culture.
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Performing arts as new frontier of cross-cultural communication.
Drawing upon the analysis of the festivals Right to the City (2018) and Home (2019), organized in Bologna by ERT Fondazione, Cantieri Meticci and the Department of Sociology and Business Law of University of Bologna in the frame of the Atlas of Transitions project, my research intended to examine the role of art in enhancing cultural diversity.
'Performing metaphors into a physical space'
From the abstract: “Negative portrayals of migrants shown by media not only neglect reporting the impact of migration on communities. They are also transformed into outsiders and different to Europeans, subjects and objects of fear, experiencing the fear of being rejected, and inspiring fear in the resident populations. While discussing the link between media logic, theatrical performance and moral imaginary, the paper will shed light on how the theatrical metaphor of cosmopolitan solidarity is challenged by the physical proximity of the ‘other’.”
This list of academic references will be updated throughout the time.
Da 'The WALL book'
Dall’introduzione: “Mentre neoliberisti, cosmopoliti, umanitari e attivisti transnazionali sognano un mondo senza frontiere (…), ricchi e poveri manifestano una vera e propria passione per la costruzione di muri”.
from 'The WALL book'
From the introduction: “While neo-liberal, cosmopolitan, humanitarian, and transnational activists dream of a world without frontiers (…), rich and poor nation-states alike display a real passion for wall construction”.