museums and migration

Experiences, ideas and practices regarding migration and the refugee crisis

[Recent] references

In this page we would like to list the main references concerning the relationship between migration and museums published since 2013. Suggestions welcome!


Bodo, S., Mascheroni, S. and Panigada, M.G., eds. (2016). Un patrimonio di storie. La narrazione nei musei, una risorsa per la cittadinanza culturale. Mimesis.

CAMOC Museums of Cities Review. Dossier Migration: Cities | (im)migration and arrival cities, 1/2017.

Chambers, I., De Angelis, A., Ianniciello, C., Orabona, M. and Quadraro, M. eds. (2014). The Postcolonial Museum. The Arts of Memory and the Pressures of History. Routledge.

Cimoli, A. C. (2013). Migration Museums, in European Museums in the 21st Century: setting the framework, edited by Luca Basso Peressut, Francesca Lanz and Gennaro Postiglione, Vol. 2, Politecnico di Milano, pp. 9-107.

Deutcher Museums Bund (2016). Museums, Migrants and Cultural Diversity (Transl. NEMO).

Eurocities (2016). Guidelines for cities on the role of culture in the integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers

European Agenda for Culture (2014). Report on the Role of Public Arts and Cultural Institutions in the Promotion of Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue.

European Union (2017). EU funding for cultural work with refugees: towards the next programme generation

European Union (2017). How Culture and the Arts can promote Intercultural Dialogue in the context of the Migratory and Refugee Crisis

Gourievidis, L. (2014). Museum and Migration: History, Memory and Politics. Routledge.

IETM (2016). Creation and Displacement: Developing new narratives around migration

IETM (2016). Fortress Europe

Innocenti, P., ed. (2014). Migrating Heritage. Experiences of Cultural Networks and Cultural Dialogue in Europe. Routledge.

L´Internationale (2017). Subjects and Objects in Exile

MeLa* Project Publications

ULCG-Agenda21 for Culture publication (2015). Cities, refugees and culture.

Vlachou, M. (coord.) (2017). The inclusion of Migrants and Refugees: The Role of Cultural Organisations. Acesso Cultura

Whitehead, Christopher, Katherine Lloyd, Susannah Eckersley and Rhiannon Mason, eds. (2015). Museums, Migration and Identity in Europe. Peoples, Places and Identities. Routledge.



On the move” online resources (updated 29 January 2018)

Bodo, S. (2013). New Paradigms for Intercultural Work in Museums – or Intercultural Work as a New Paradigm for Museum Practice? The Incluseum.

Boccalatte, P. (2017). “Migrations and spontaneous museums in Italy”. In: CAMOC Museums of Cities Review, 1/2017

Chiu, C. (2017). “Presenting immigrant culture at the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan”. In: CAMOC Museums of Cities Review, 1/2017

Cimoli, A.C. (2014). From Representation to Participation: The Voice of the Immigrants in Italian Migration Museums, “The Journal of the Inclusive Museum”, Vol. 6, n. 3, pp. 111-121.

Cimoli, A.C. (2015). Il memoriale della Shoah ospita i profughi. Quando la memoria diventa futuro, Gli Stati Generali.

Cimoli, A.C. and Pasta, S.(2015-16). Il ciclo di vita della memoria. I profughi al Memoriale della Shoah di Milano: rappresentazione, rotte, cartografie possibili, Roots-Routes, V, n. 20.

Cimoli, A. C. (2016). Le periferie d’Europa ci insegnano come fare musei sull’immigrazione, Gli Stati Generali.

Cimoli, A.C. (2017), Le retoriche della rappresentazione, Q Code Mag.

Cimoli, A.C. (2017), Il museo e l’altro: rinegoziare la diversità culturale, Il Giornale delle Fondazioni.

Cultural Institutions Respond to Migration (conference at Art Basel 2016. Intervenants: Adrian Paci, Artist, Milan; Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford; Razan Nassreddine, Project Director of Multaka, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin;  Maya Alkateb-Chami, Jusoor Director. Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York.)

Deufel, N. (2016). Thinking about Refugees, Heritage and Integration, Nicole Deufel’s blog.

Efeoglu E., Walling M. (eds., 2019), THE PROMISED LAND: Intercultural Learning with Refugees and Migrants 

Jenkins, T. (2016). Politics are on exhibit at migration museums, not history, The Journal.

Lanz, F. (2016). Staging Migration (in) Museums A Reflection on Exhibition Design Practices for the Representation of Migration in European Contemporary Museums, “Museum & Society”, 14 (1), pp. 178-192.

Eithne Nightingale’s blog

Schuster, E. (2017). Migration and Museums, ASTC.

Shih, W.C (2017). “Why and how does the National Museum of Taiwan History represent the history of Southeast Asian immigrants?” In: CAMOC Museums of Cities Review, 1/2017

Sutherland, C. (2014). Leaving and Longing: Migration Museums as Nation-Building Sites, “Museums & Society”, 12(1), pp. 118-131.

Visser, J. (2016). Museums and migration – building sustainable, peaceful communities, The Museum of the Future.

Vlachou, M. (2015). Are we failing? What are museums about?, Musing on Culture.

Vlachou, M. (2016). Museums and refugees: beyond an assistentialist attitude? ICOM Portugal Bulletin.






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