Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa is a research group
established in 1979 by Prof. Francesco Remotti under
the patronage of Italian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Mission is now lead, since
2004, by Dr Cecilia Pennacini.
It began its activities in Zaire
(now the Democratic Republic of Congo),
then widen them successively to Burundi and Cameroon.
Since 2004, when the Italian
Ethnological Mission in Sub-Saharian Africa
was established, the Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa
has focused its work on the African Great Lakes Region. The Mission carries
out anthropological, ethnohistorical and ethnomusicological researches,
in the Kivu region (Democratic Republic of Congo), on the Ugandese versant
of Rwenzori mountain and in Kampala area, in a constant and close cooperation
with local institutions (Makerere University of Kampala, Centre Universitaire
de Rwenzori of Butembo, Université Catholique du Graben of Butembo)
as well as international ones (Università Italo-Francese–Galileo
Project, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Corus project), and
with the support and sponsor of the Italian Embassy in Uganda.
During the years, many researchers,
PhD, and students from Turin University, Roma University
(La Sapienza – Tor Vergata), Bologna University and Makerere University
have had the opportunity to carry out researches. This cooperation has
developed into a common research framework.