Is the refugee and migrant crisis still an issue for Europe and, especially, for European museums? Anna Chiara Cimoli and Maria Vlachou, managers of the blog Museums and Migration, invite you for a debate on policies, open questions and methodologies regarding migration and the role of migrants and refugees in the cultural debate in times of distraction.

Watch the recorded discussion

Our guests are:

Domenico Sergi, Museum of London (UK)

Ira Papadopoulou, Curator and Arts Manager (GR)

Kinga Langowska, Emigration Museum in Gdynia (PL)

The debate will take place on 21 June, at 5pm CET, on Zoom. Participation is free, please register here in order to get the link (it will be sent on the day of the debate)

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Anna Chiara Cimoli is a researcher in History of Contemporary Art at the University of Bergamo. Since 2001 she has been an associate of ABCittà, a collective of social and cultural mediators; in this context, she designs experimental projects aimed at audience development and a more layered representation of society in museums. Anna is co-manager of the blog Museums and Migration (with Maria Vlachou) and co-director of the online magazine roots§routes (with Viviana Gravano and Giulia Grechi). She is an advocate and an activist for the refugees’ and migrants’ rights.

Domenico Sergi is a Senior Curator at the Museum of London, where he leads a contemporary collecting project called “Curating London”. Before then, he worked as an Anthropology Curator & Community Engagement Coordinator at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, where he contributed to the curation of the World Gallery, and he worked as a Lecturer for the MA Museums and Galleries in Education at UCL, IOE, London. Domenico graduated in sociology at University of Rome (2004), undertook his master degree in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2008) and received his doctorate in refugee studies and museology at the University of East Anglia, UK (2016). He recently published with Routledge the monograph “Museums, Refugees and Communities”.

Ira – Iliana Papadopoulou holds a PhD in Communications & Media Studies from the University of Athens, and she completed her graduate and undergraduate studies in Sociology, Communications Policy and Arts Management at the University of London, UK. From 2010 to 2012 she was a Fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management Summer International Fellowship at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., USA. A freelance curator, arts manager, researcher & communications specialist in education and cultural nonprofits, and recently in humanitarian and refugeerelated Non-Governmental Organizations, she has extensive experience in planning, curating and promoting projects in visual & performing arts, film festivals, lectures, panel discussions and international conferences.

Kinga Alina Langowska is a research specialist at the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Gdańsk, an archaeologist at the Institute for Preservation of Archaeological Heritage of Northwest Bohemia in Most. She completed a one-year internship at the LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten / LVR-Roman Museum in Germany as part of the “EVS for historical awareness and cultural comparison” project. She was involved in archaeological missions organized by the French National Centre for Scientific Research in Myanmar and Thailand. She is a member of the project teams of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia dealing with the issues of highly qualified Polish emigrants, migration stereotypes and migration plans of the young generation of Poles. She belongs to the editorial team of the „Polish Migration Review”. Interested in interdisciplinary research on the history of Polish migrations and borderlands communities.

Maria Vlachou is a Cultural Management and Communications consultant. Founding member and Executive Director of Acesso Cultura. Author of the bilingual (pt/en) blog Musing on Culture. She is the manager of the Facebook group Museum texts / Textos em museus and co-manager of the blog Museums and Migration. She participated in the European project RESHAPE – Reflect, Share, Practice, Experiment, having joined the trajectory on “Arts and Citizenship”. Fellow of ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts (2018, 2020); Alumna of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in Washington (2011-2013); she has a M.A. in Museum Studies (University College London, 1994).