The project

CONTEXT The international workshop Palermo: Cultural Heritage, Migration and Sustainable Development strives to promote dialogue between national and international experts and students in order to provide innovative ideas on sustainable strategies for culture management and sustainable tourism. It places Palermo at the core of a dynamic cultural research agenda for the near future. As next Italian Capital of Culture in 2018 and as stage of the Biennial of Contemporary art Manifesta12, Palermo is currently experiencing a process of cultural regeneration. Facing a rapid increase of tourist flows as well as Mediterranean migration, the city is developing an urban agenda that makes cultural diversity an essential dimension of intercultural dialogue.

OBJECTIVES The main objective of the workshop is to foster scientific studies on the ongoing urban, cultural and social regeneration process in the city of Palermo. Focussing on its strategic geographical position, the workshop promotes Sicily as a permanent platform for the development of an international shared approach on culture. We will focus on Palermo cultural heritage in order to:  identify common strategies for urban conservation and regeneration, - identify policies and strategies aiming at promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in order to reach social inclusion  reflect on strategies to promote culture as a catalyst for creativity, innovation and sustainable development.

PROGRAM & STRUCTURE The workshop consists of a mix of lectures and debates, working sessions and seminars, together with didactic visits in and out of town. The program will take place in Palermo from the 18th to 30th of June 2018 . Five milestones define its content: Module 1. Palermo, UNESCO designations and cultural agenda: any opportunity for sustainable economic growth? Module 2. The ancient city and the current process of urban regeneration Module 3. Migration, cultural diversity and social fabric of Paler Module 4. Public–private partnership for the valorisation of the urban fabric Module 5. The contribution of technology to the city’s sustainable conservation and promotion The lectures will be held in prestigious venues and historical buildings of the city linked to the itinerary planned by the program, such as Palazzo delle Aquile, Villino Florio, the Teatro Massimo, the Botanical Garden, the Zisa Cultural Sites, etc

SCIENTIFIC COMMETEE AND PARTNERS Based on collaboration between the private, non- profit and international academic sectors, the Scientific Committee is in charge of representing major scientific disciplines treated during the workshop, ensuring a good balance of multi-disciplinary topics. Among the most important partners, there are Unipa, the Université Jean Lourignon Guédé of Daloa Côte d'Ivoire (UJLoG), the Centro Studi Silvia Santagata of Turin, the Royal Dutch Institute of Rome, the ICOMOS Italia, the UNESCO Sicily Heritage Foundation, the Municipality of Palermo, the Regional Department of Education and Training, the Regional Department of Production Activities, the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, MuseiUnipa, MhD consulting etc.

TARGET GROUP The workshop is open to Bachelor and LLM-level students and young professionals in the fields of Cultural Heritage, Archaeology, Architecture, Social sciences, History and Technology related fields

WHY CROWDFUNDING Already from this first edition, the workshop has found the support of relevant national and international academic and cultural institutions, which have actively committed themselves to making the initiative possible and to encouraging participation. This is due to the relevance of the topics covered and the importance of providing scientific answers to important social and cultural issues such as the management and redevelopment of complex urban centres as Palermo. Furthermore, the willingness expressed by the organizing bodies to make the workshop an annual event, encouraging study, research and cultural fruition activities has convinced the partners of the project to implicate themselves on it. On the other hand, the limited sources of public and private funding risk creating logistical shortcomings, which could undermine the high level of the proposed contents and the positive repercussions that the project aims to have for the territory and the community that inhabits it. This is why, in order to guarantee the quality of the services offered and the high standard of training, we ask for support from all of you!! The costs foreseen for the organization of the workshop amount to a total of about € 7,000, including the fees to be paid to lecturers, accommodation and entrance fees for the participants, preparation of all the teaching material and organization of some collateral events. Part of the costs will be covered by the registration fees of participants, but thanks to your fundamental contribution of € 1,000 we will be able to support the necessary expenses and proceed to the final destination of June 2018. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!