RIPAM 11Palermo (Italy), 2025
OrganizerDipartimento DARCH, Università degli Studi di Palermo
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Co-organizerSoprintendenza Archivistica della Sicilia – Archivio di Stato di Palermo (SAAS-SIPA)
ThemeProposed theme: “The material and immaterial heritage of Mediterranean cultures: contaminations, stratifications, restorations and valorisation”
1- Architecture in the history of exchanges between Mediterranean countries: relationships, references, character influences.
2- Identity heritages, historiographical interpretations and mythologies in Mediterranean places
3- Archival sources for a history of exchanges between the shores of the Mediterranean: art, architecture, sociology, politics
4- Forgotten and/or abandoned heritage: reuse and valorization in the modern social and economic structure
5- Rediscovery, protection and enhancement of the Mediterranean heritage: studies, projects and management strategies
6- The risk of losing the historical and testimonial value of the architecture and pieces of twentieth-century Mediterranean cities: studies, projects and management strategies.
7- The study and cataloging of Mediterranean construction techniques: tangible and intangible heritage, between protection policies and restoration and valorization projects
8- Multiculturality in the decorative arts: material and immaterial heritage, between protection policies and restoration and valorization projects
9- The risks of climate change: projects and visions in perspective for the conservation of the Mediterranean cultural heritage
SynthesisPalermo has founded its history on the coexistence and exchange of different cultures. The kingdoms, the economic, literary and artistic relations and the policies of coexistence have built Sicilian culture over the centuries: the product of multiculturalism, translated into an intense architectural and artistic activity that still characterizes it today. Think of the so-called “Arab-Norman” architecture, recently the subject of UNESCO recognition, and of the “Mediterranean Gothic” of which the city is among the most interesting examples both for the presence of civil architecture and fragments of architecture linked to the period between the mid-15th century. and the first decades of the following.
This conference will be a large-scale comparison on the exchanges and profitable contaminations of cultures in the Mediterranean, investigated from an artistic, architectural, archival and sociological point of view. It is conceived as a constructive moment to rethink projects and communities between past and future, in a peaceful and multicultural perspective.
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