Call for papers “Migrations / Mediations. Promoting intercultural dialogue through media, arts and culture” Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan, 06-07 April 2020

Scientific Board:

Naures Atto (University of Cambridge), Paola Barretta (Associazione Carta di Roma – Osservatorio di Pavia), Nadia Bellardi (Community Media Forum Europe), Nico Carpentier (Charles University – Prague), Sabine Hess (University of Goettingen), Judith Keilbach (Utrecht University), Pierluigi Musarò (Alma Mater Università degli studi di Bologna), Tim Prentki (University of Winchester), Guglielmo Schininà (IOM – UN migration).

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Naures Atto, University of Cambridge

Laura Corrado, Legal Migration and Integration Unit in DG HOME – European Commission

In the context of the migrant and refugee crisis, the EU Member States and the European Union itself have recently demonstrated sensitivity toward exploring the ways in which media, the arts and performative practices are able to both facilitate intercultural dialogue among migrant and host communities – thereby empowering their participation in social life –, and to promote cultural diversity (different ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds and heritage) within European societies. Indeed, different “liberal” and “applied” arts (film, theatre & performance, photography, crafts, architecture, design, etc.) as well as emerging cross-media forms (interactive and social media, games, street art, circus and performative practices, etc.), have a pivotal role to play in this direction. In a nutshell, “artistic and cultural expressions can help us to communicate with each other, in an immediate manner, and allow us to understand our similarities as well our differences, in an area where we must also resolve disputes “ (Report How culture and the arts can promote intercultural dialogue in the context of the migratory and refugee crisis, 2017, p. 10).

Despite this high potential for opening new perspectives on EU societies based on integration and a willingness to engage in dialogue, these guidelines seem mostly unexplored and little discussed within the academic communities – primarily focused on the current regime of representation of migrant people and newcomers. Moreover, it can hardly be disregarded that a practical implementation of these guidelines faces many difficulties: national cultural policies affect cultural productions by institutionalizing the process of othering through rhetorical discourses and hegemonic representations; the projects and practices in this field are often vital but fragmented and poorly reciprocally connected (also due to their strong roots in specific areas and territories); the skills and professional figures associated with these processes are poorly defined and have no particular training centres; and finally, the evaluation methods of the initiatives are different and lacking consolidated protocols. The combination of all these factors produces a fundamental weakness in a sector that in any case, remains extremely lively and promising.

On this basis, and within the framework of a research program that the UCSC’s Department of Communication Sciences and Performing Arts has been developing over the last two years (Migrations / Mediations. Media and performative arts as tools for the intercultural dialogue:, this International Conference intends to gather academic and independent researchers, artists, cultural providers, public and private funders, and policymakers – both at a local and at an international level – with the aims to:

  • Reflect on the role of media, arts and culture in the management of policies devoted to migration phenomena, also on the basis of an exchange of best and worst practices;
  • Focus on the ways and the degrees in which media, arts and culture have been considered as critical tools for intercultural dialogue by policymakers, at different levels (local, national, European).
  • Draw attention to the ways through which artists and cultural providers can create and develop models of action in territories oriented toward bringing host populations into contact with migrants and refugees, as well as to empower newcomers themselves by offering a space for dialogue and a basis for voice-attaining and self-organising;
  • Empower the professional figure of the cultural provider in contexts of intercultural and shifting societies, by defining its skills, methods of work, and formation paths.
  • Develop a specific set of tools and a methodology to assess the social, cultural and economic impact of intercultural dialogue activities through arts, media and culture. Along with quantitative indicators of success, such as counting audiences reached or scoring intercultural stakeholders included in the action, it is worthwhile to elaborate new models of evaluation for the measurement and assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of such projects.

On these bases, we invite abstracts on any of the following topics.*

  • Practices of empowerment of intercultural dialogue through media, arts and performative activities.
  • Networks (formal and informal) with publicly-funded cultural organizations, civil society and other stakeholders.
  • Employment opportunities for migrants in cultural and creative industries.
  • Comparisons between the approaches of public and private media.
  • The role of immigrant/diaspora/minority media.
  • Participatory media and arts projects devoted to working directly with refugee and migrant groups in socially engaged practice.
  • Audience development strategies aiming at promoting cultural diversity.
  • Practices and experiences in assessing projects in the field of intercultural dialogue
  • Fundraising creative projects to support intercultural dialogue and migrants
  • The formation of cultural providers and the role of intercultural dialogue professionals in supporting cultural and artistic projects for the integration of refugees and migrants.

* Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of topics, and we will review any abstracts related to the media and migration/immigration/multiculturalism and related topics. Especially welcome are submissions rooted in media studies, visual, performative and cultural studies, critical data studies, postcolonial studies and from scholars who build bridges between academia, policy, public and private funding, media system, arts and public debate, and stakeholders’ networks.

The deadline for the submissions is 1 February 2020. Interested contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and a short biographical note at the following e-mail address: The accepted proposals will be notified by 15 February 2020. The languages of the conference are Italian and English (the latter is preferred).

Davide Enia open lesson- Università Cattolica – Thursday 21 November

Davide Enia

THURSDAY 21 from 15.30 to 16.30 in Università Cattolica (room SA116 Schuster – Via Sant’Agnese, 2. Milano) Davide Enia open lesson, accompanied by the musician Giulio Brocchieri

The Open Lesson of DAVIDE ENIA, playwright interpreter and director of the show L’Abisso (with which he won the Maschere Award of the Teatro 2019 as best monologue performer) is part of the “Drammaturgie Performative” course of Prof. Laura Peja and it will be Thursday 21 November 2019 at 15.30 classroom SA 116 Schuster

The abyss taken from “Notes for a shipwreck” (Sellerio editore, Premio Mondello 2018) a show by and with Davide Enia music composed and performed by Giulio Barocchieri production Theater of Rome – National Theater, Biondo Theater of Palermo, Lost Academy / Romagna Theaters in collaboration with Arzo International Storytelling Festival organization Luca Marengo

“When I saw the first landing in Lampedusa I was with my father – writes Davide Enia -. Lots of boys and girls came. History was the one that was happening before our eyes. Over the years I have returned to the island, building an ongoing dialogue with direct witnesses: fishermen, Coast Guard personnel, residents, doctors, volunteers and divers “.
Their words and, above all, their silences have become a story, a historical testimony and an existential path: “From the recording of their voices – continues Enia – fragments of painful and yet hopeful stories have emerged. Their words opened prospects and hid abysses ».
The staging of Davide Enia fuses different theatrical registers and languages: the ancient songs of the fishermen, tuned along the routes between Sicily and Africa, and the Palermo cunto, on the melodies with more voices that intertwine to become prayers full of anger when the sea roars and in the nets, together with the fish, we find the bodies of men, women, children.

Enia is engaged in a long tour with the show, in these days on stage at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan (12-24 November)

Davide Enia Bio

In 2002 he wrote directs and interprets “Italia-Brasile 3 a 2” (Ubu special 2003 award).

In 2003 he won the Tondelli Award at the Riccione Prize with «Scanna» which debuted with his directing, at the Venice Biennale in 2004.

In 2004 he writes, directs and interprets “Maggio ‘43” (first prize for best show at the “Moldavian International Teatrul Unui Actor”).

In 2005 he won the Hystrio Prize and the E.T.I Award as a dramaturgical novelty. For RaiRadio2 he writes and interprets «Rembò». In 2006 he won the Vittorio Mezzogiorno award and the Gassman Award for best emerging Italian talent.

In 2007 he writes, directs and interprets “I capitol dell’infanzia”.

The texts are published by Sellerio and Fandango.

In 2009 he won the Special Jury Prize at the Riccione Prize with “Il cuoco”.

In 2012 he published his first novel, “Così in Terra” (Baldini and Castoldi Dalai), translated into eighteen languages ​​and published all over the world.

In 2013 he was Writer in Residency (Nederlands Letterfonds Dutch Foundation for Literature) in Amsterdam.

In 2014 he published the story along «Uomini e Pecore» (EDT).

In 2015 he is Writer in Residency (Passaporta) in Brussels.

In 2016 with the French edition of “Così in Terra”, “Sur cette terre comme au ciel” (Albin Michel) won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger and the Prix Brignoles as the best foreign novel of the year.

In 2017, in April, he directed “L’oca del Cairo”, an incomplete work by Mozart, at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In May he publishes his second novel, “Appunti per un naufragio” (Sellerio).

In 2017 he wins the Anima Prize for Social.

In 2018 he won the Mondello Award in the Italian Opera Section.

In October 2018 he will return to the theater with the opera “L’abisso” at the Teatro India in Rome.

With “L’Abisso” Davide Enia won the 2019 Theater Masks Award for Best Performer of Monologue

PLAYING INCLUSION – The Performing Arts in the Time of Migrations

Presentation of the Special Issue “Playing Inclusion. The Performing Arts in the Time of Migrations: Thinking, Creating and Acting Inclusion“. Comunicazioni Sociali, January – April 2019.

Thursday, June 27 2019

MUDEC – Spazio delle Culture – Khaled al-Asaad
6-8 PM
Via Tortona, 56 – Milano

“Playing Inclusion. The Performing Arts in the Time of Migrations: Thinking, Creating and Acting Inclusion is a collection of essays written by theatrologists, sociologists, psychologists, artists, performers, social theatre experts and facilitators, who describe and analyse with their different points of view and methodologies some experiences where performative arts and practices enact reflexive, creative and active processes aimed at taking care of the complex migratory phenomenon”.

la Ricerca

The research “Migrations-mediations: arts and communication as resources for intercultural dialogue” tackles the different uses of media, theater and performance, art and culture in the management of migratory phenomena and the promotion of intercultural dialogue. 

Torna a vivere Cascina Casottello

Dalla Redazione

Sabato 7 aprile, è stata inaugurata Cascina Casottello, Centro Internazionale di Quartiere. La cascina è in via Fabio Massimo 19 a Milano dove.

Luogo di importanza storica risalente al 1700, la Cascina Casottello sta vivendo oggi un processo di trasformazione urbana che cerca di coinvolgere il quartiere Porto di Mare / Corvetto della città di Milano.

Foto credits: Cascina CasottelloOlga Bachschmidt, Filippo del Corno

“L’ Associazione socio-culturale Sunugal e la cooperativa Fate Artigiane hanno vinto all’inizio del 2016 il bando pubblico per la ristrutturazione e la rivalorizzazione della Cascina  acquisita dal Comune di Milano nel 2013 con lo scopo di avviare un processo di rigenerazione territoriale e architettonica. Il filo conduttore è stimolare un contagio attivo attraverso proposte di carattere creativo, artistico e sociale nel segno di una partecipazione che arricchisca reciprocamente coloro che vivono la città, diversi e uguali nelle loro molteplici sfumature”.

Il progetto vede inoltre il sostegno di Fondazione Cariplo e dell’ 8Xmille della Chiesa Valdese.

La cascina prevede una biblioteca multiculturale, una ludoteca, un sportello CAF, una sala associazioni, laboratori di musica, disegno, teatro.

Migrazioni e integrazione: aspetti statistici. Un intervento del Prof. Blangiardo.

dalla Redazione

Pubblichiamo un contributo di Gian Carlo Blangiardo, Docente di demografia presso l’Università di Milano Bicocca e ricercatore della Fondazione Ismu


La presentazione è scaricabile a questo link

Il contributo è stato presentato e discusso in occasione del workshop del gruppo di ricerca, svoltosi il 9 gennaio presso l’Università Cattolica.





COAST. Community Oriented Arts for Social Transformation

dalla Redazione

Segnaliamo il progetto COAST.  COAST è un progetto finanziato nel 2011 all’interno del Programma Europa Creativa che ha visto coinvolte 4 organizzazioni teatrali in 4 Paesi europei (Inghilterra, Olanda, Polonia, Germania) particolarmente sensibili al tema della migrazione.


Attraverso un lavoro di scrittura condivisa tra migranti e comunità ospitante durato quasi due anni, il progetto ha portato allo sviluppo di una serie di performance, per la maggior parte convogliate entro il Festival of Community Theatre di Bristol nel 2012.

Oltre a questo è stato realizzato un libro che raccoglie le azioni e i risultati del progetto e un film resoconto del Festival.

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COAST International Festival of Community Theatre, March 2012 from acta Community Theatre on Vimeo.


“Il circo minimo a scuola” di Antonio Catalano 

dalla Redazione

Segnaliamo il contributo  video dal titolo “Il circo minimo a scuola” di Antonio Catalano (2015).

Si tratta di una festa teatrale con insegnanti, genitori, bambini e studenti universitari presso la Scuola dell’Infanzia di via Montevelino 10 a Milano, coinvolta in un processo di ricerca-azione sull’utilizzo degli strumenti performativi nei processi di inclusione sociale con particolare attenzione all’integrazione delle famiglie straniere. Progetto del CIT – Centro di Cultura e Iniziativa Teatrale “Mario Apollonio” (Università Cattolica) realizzato con il sostegno del Mibact – Fondo unico per lo spettacolo”


Dall’esperienza è stato prodotto anche un articolo di Giulia Innocenti Malini – Francesca Gentile, dal titolo “LIKE ME” Mimesis and Dramaturgic Play in Early Childhood 

Buona Visione!

l’Equipe di ricerca

In questa ricerca sono coinvolti accademici e ricercatori dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, membri di diversi dipartimenti e centri di ricerca, coordinati dal Professor Ruggero Eugeni.


Ruggero Eugeni è professore ordinario di Semiotica dei media presso l’Università Cattolica di Milano e dirige presso la stessa Università l’Alta Scuola in Media, Comunicazione e Spettacolo.

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Prof. Ruggero Eugeni

Nato nel 1960, si è formato e ha lavorato con Francesco Casetti e Gianfranco Bettetini nei settori del cinema e dell’audiovisivo con specifiche competenze semiotiche e culturologiche. Il suo approccio ai media è attento da un lato agli aspetti esperienziali, corporei e affettivi dell’esperienza mediale, dall’altro lato ai suoi radicamenti culturali e linguistici. Da questo punto di vista sta sviluppando tre indirizzi di ricerca: (a) un modello teorico e analitico dell’esperienza mediale, considerata sia nei suoi aspetti fenomenologici e neuro cognitivi quanto in quelli socio antropologici; (b) una riflessione sul ruolo dei media nella costituzione di nuove forme di territorialità, in particolare all’interno degli spazi urbani; (c) una ricostruzione storica delle relazioni culturali e linguistiche tra il cinema e le pratiche dell’ipnosi. I suoi ultimi lavori monografici sono Semiotica dei media. Le forme dell’esperienza (Roma, 2010), Invito al cinema di Stanley Kubrick (nuova edizione, 2014) e La condizione postmediale (Brescia, 2015).  Ha recentemente curato i volumi Neurofilmology. Audiovisual Studies and the Challenge of Neurosciences (con Adriano D’Aloia, Milano-Udine 2014) e Storia della comunicazione e dello spettacolo in Italia. Vol. II I media alla sfida della democrazia (1945-1978) (con Fausto Colombo, Milano 2015). Tra i suoi lavori precedenti: Il testo visibile. Teoria, storia e modelli di analisi (in collaborazione con Fausto Colombo: Roma, 1996), Analisi semiotica dell’immagine. Pittura, illustrazione, fotografia, (Milano, nuova ed. 2004), Film, sapere, società. Per un’analisi sociosemiotica del testo cinematografico, (Milano, 1999), La relazione d’incanto. Studi su cinema e ipnosi (Milano, 2002). Ha curato in passato con Fausto Colombo il volume Il prodotto culturale. Teorie, tecniche di analisi, case histories (Roma, 2001) e con Dario Viganò Attraverso lo schermo. Cinema e cultura cattolica in Italia, 3 voll., (Roma, 2006). Vari papers e preprint sono disponibili per la lettura e la discussione presso i siti Media|Experience|Semiotics, e Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

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