ITHACA

 

Project acronym: ITHACA 

 

Project title: Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency: Entangled Narratives Across Europe and the Mediterranean Region 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004539

Funding Scheme: RIA - Research and Innovation action

Start date: 1 January 2021

End date: 31 March 2025 

Overall budget € 2 995 500

Official Website of the project: https://ithacahorizon.eu/

Project Leader at AUI: Dr. Catherine Therrien

Project description

A platform for past and present migration narratives.

To assist in the development of concrete actions to manage migration – moving away from an emergency response model – the EU-funded ITHACA project is creating a novel digital archive (the ITHACA platform). This new database will feature past and present migration narratives as well as media tools and applications for researchers, policymakers, practitioners and migrants. The ITHACA project deepens the various forms of narratives on and by migrants, considering them as agents of social change, historically retracing causes, transformations, and effects of migration narratives, and highlighting silenced voices. Bringing together partners from Europe, Africa, Eurasia and the Middle East, the project’s overall aim is to raise awareness, inform the public debate, and disseminate recommendations to improve policies, empowerment, inclusion and participation.

 

Objective

Based on a consortium involving 12 partners from origin, transit and host migration countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Eurasia, the ITHACA project focuses on migration narratives in the past and present, analysing them in a rigorous historical framework, whilst adopting an interdisciplinary, comparative and transnational approach. The aim is to define and develop concrete actions of migration management, moving away from an emergency logic and basing the choices of practitioners and policy makers on a triple basis: 1) a long-term multi-layered historical appraisal (global, oral, digital, gender, socio-economic, and religious), with an archival focus on the collection and preservation of endangered migrant records; 2) the analysis of the multiple and contrasting forms taken by narratives on migrations; 3) the attentive listening and interpretation of expectations and experiences of the migrants themselves. At the heart of the project is the creation of a digital platform collecting databases on past and present migration narratives, and offering media tools and applications to policymakers, practitioners, and migrants. Through archival surveys, research-action, and participatory, artistic and training activities, the ITHACA project deepens the various forms of narratives on and by migrants, considering them as agents of social change, retracing causes, transformations, and effects of migration narratives, and highlighting silenced expressions. Finally, the ITHACA stakeholders engagement activities interconnect scholars, archivists, museum curators, practitioners, NGOs, returnees and potential migrants. These actions intend to raise awareness, to inform the public debate, and to disseminate thoughtful recommendations for present and future policies of relief, empowerment, inclusion and participation.

Partners:

  1. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA  (Coordinator) – Italy
  2. UNIVERSITE AL AKHAWAYN D'IFRANE - Morocco
  3. SORBONNE UNIVERSITE – France
  4. UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES – Switzerland
  5. UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN – Netherlands
  6. ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON – Greece
  7. CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS – France
  8. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO – Italy
  9. INSTITOUTO ANAPTIXIS EPICHEIRIMATIKOTITAS ASTIKI ETAIREIA – Greece
  10. ARCHIVIO DELLE MEMORIE MIGRANTI APS – Italy
  11. ASSOCIATION ARCS TUNISIE – Tunisia
  12. INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY NAMED H A ALIYEV NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF AZERBAIJAN – Azerbaijan