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Research Programme

Research is targeted at the needs of cultural managers, policy makers and academic groups. This activity consists of 'ongoing research cooperation projects' and 'other research cooperation projects'.

Ongoing Research Cooperation Projects

The Chair has already identified two research lines that are briefly described below:

Research Line 1: Traditional techniques, heritage and identity: a new knowledge; acronym THINK.

This project intends to develop the work that many researchers have begun and pursued for many years now in the framework of their activities. While their main goals have been connected with traditional know-how techniques and heritage, this has always been understood as having a great potential for sustainable development and educational activities. The central idea is to organise and reinforce a network of good practices in this area, where students and specialists in Europe, the Mediterranean and in Africa can think about and deal with these topics. This general goal should be based on the following ideas, which could be further developed by the research carried out within the Chair activities of each member:

  • Keeping our identity through the heritage enhancement activities;
  • Taking part in the resolution of new problems, concerning land management, especially problems connected with the recovery of traditional activities, the implementation of policies regarding heritage, the enhancement and even reuse of ancient industrial structures and sustainable tourism;
  • Helping to know each other and promote peace and good governance, which in Europe are issues that are frequently posed to and discussed by individuals and institutions as part of their citizenship;
  • Enlarging and promoting the use of new technologies applied to cultural heritage conservation and enhancement;
  • Developing new methods of learning that allow understanding school curricula in a practical way.

Research Line 2: Preserving and recovering memories from the Southern countries; acronym PRESS.

The main idea is to have room for oral knowledge studies concerning traditional know-how, its expertise and the interpretation of the ancient and modern social practices that have produced it. Therefore, to register the work of the last handcrafters should be a permanent concern, so that their knowledge will not be forever lost. In fact, within the framework of this research line, North and South will try to organise a new understanding of how to look with respect at their ways to produce goods. Furthermore, it is a relevant goal to provide an environment where it is possible to help create for each individual a sense of belonging to the community.
Targets: Students, researchers, professionals, etc.
Outputs: Papers, case studies, exchange of good practices.
Results: A social network gathering students and researchers from the two regions (Mediterranean and Africa) and further abroad, which is also a policy forum for discussion. Research results will be properly transferred to cultural managers and policy makers in order to become useful information for consultation and decision making.

Other Research Cooperation Projects

Cooperation is envisaged with other already existing UNESCO Chairs that have already been invited. The Chair, upon invitation or by its own decision, can submit project proposals in the framework of EU cooperation programs, among others, as it also can accept invitations for partnerships in international projects developed by other actors. The UNESCO Chair will ensure the quality of the research projects and will promote collaboration between various research groups.
Targets: Students, researchers, etc.
Outputs: Deliverables of each project approved
Results: The Chair will be partner or applicant (to be verified according to the Status of the Chair, eligibility, etc.) of approved research projects.