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GALILEO PROJECT

HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY OF GREAT LAKES AFRICA

In 2007, the Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa took part to the “Galileo” Project, a scientific cooperation by the Università Italo-Francese, the Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, the Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa and the Centre d’Etudes des Mondes Africains of Paris, with a project named “History and Anthropology of Great Lakes Region”. During a preparatory meeting (April 2007 – Turin University) and a final conference (“Mobilitès, traces et frontiers dans l’Afrique des Grand Lacs, XIIe-XXIe siècle” – November 2007 – Universitè Sorbonne I, Paris) the participants presented the results of their researches, based on different but complementary anthropological and historical approaches. The image of Africa that resulted from the presentations is quite far from the usual stereotypes: they characterised Africa by a great mobility of people, objects and ideas, bearer of history and varied in its socio-cultural aspects.

 

CORUS PROJECT

APPROCHE SOCIO-HISTORIQUE DE SITES SACRÉS NATURELS ET ENJEUX CONTEMPORAINS AUTOUR DE LA PRESERVATION DE CE PATRIMOINE (KENYA, MADAGASCAR, OUGANDA)

In 2008-2010 the Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa will take part ito three year CORUS Project (French Ministry of Foreign Affaris and IRD - Institut de recherche pour le développement), “Approche socio-historique de sites sacrès naturels et enjeux contemporains autour de la preservation de ce patrimoine (Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda)”. Coordinated by Prof. Herman Kiriama (National Museum of Kenya, Fort Jésus Museum) and Dr Marie Pierre Ballarin (Kenyatta University, Nairobi), the project aims at studying and preserving a selected number of sacred sites (especially sacred forests), analysing with an interdisciplinary approach the environmental aspects (botanic), but also the cultural ones (history, archaeology and anthropology). The purpose is to understand the cultural negotiations that develop around these sites and granting the sites’ preservation in the long duration.


TURIN – MAKERERE COOPERATION

In 2004, the University of Turin, Department of Anthropological, Archaeological and Historical-Territorial Sciences, has established a cooperation agreement with the Institute of Languages of Makerere University of Kampala (Uganda), aimed at the preservation and interpretation of cultural heritage in the Great Lakes Region. The agreement has been renewed for the five years 2007-2012.

These first years of common research in Italia and Uganda have lead to publications, exchange of researchers, teachers and students, free access to universities’ libraries and structures, symposiums and conferences in the two countries.

Responsible for the Italian part: Dr. Cecilia Pennacini
Responsible for the Ugandese part: Dr. Manuel Muranga.

 

 

TURIN-BUTEMBO COOPERATIONS

In October 2007, the University of Turin has signed an agreement with the Université Catholique du Graben of Butembo (Democratic Republic of Congo), aimed to the organisation of didactic and scientific activities in anthropology, ethnology, ethnomusicology and history of Great Lakes region.

Responsible for the Italian part: Dr. Francesco Remotti
Responsible for the Congolese part: Cr. Malumalu Muholongu Apollinaire

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In February 2007, the University of Turin University has signed an agreement with the Centre Universitaire de Ruwenzori of Butembo (Democratic Republic of Congo) that has allowed an exchange of teachers, researchers and students between the two institutions and the development of common researches about ethno-anthropological themes in the Great Lakes Region.

Responsible for the Italian part: Dr. Francesco Remotti
Responsible for the Congolese part: Dr. Mambo Vikandy