Our publications on storytelling in museums and heritage contexts

Lascio in eredità me stesso alla terra. Fare memoria tra volontariato e patrimonio culturale
S. Bodo, S. Mascheroni, M. G. Panigada (eds.), Masso delle Fate, 2021

I bequeath myself to the dirt. Making memory of volunteer work through cultural heritage is the result of a long journey started in summer 2020, when the Service Centre for Volunteering of Bergamo made a bold decision: to hold up cultural heritage as a “mirror” to local volunteer associations, who were dramatically affected both in their ability to keep providing their services during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and by the tragic death toll in their own ranks. Making memory of their treasured role in supporting local communities became imperative, so as not to see it fade away.
In the book, forty-six volunteers from as many associations gathered by seven thematic areas (environment, cultural rights, disability, immigration, poverty, health, third age) interweave their individual stories with the beauty of the land and its heritage sites.
Drawing inspiration from a verse by Walt Whitman, this great collective effort celebrates the legacy of a deeply rooted solidarity network, in Bergamo and far beyond.

Leaf through the book
Dipingere a parole. Storie circolari del Chianti e del Valdarno

Dipingere a parole. Storie circolari del Chianti e del Valdarno.
N. Matteuzzi, M. G. Panigada (eds.). Masso delle Fate Edizioni, 2019

Words for pictures. Circular stories in Chianti and Valdarno goes through the experience of six storytellers who reinterpreted the works of art they take care of every day, and described the deep connection with their living environment and cultural landscape. In this way, paintings and sites speak through the voice of their beholder, become a mirror to convey individual stories, interweave century-old stories with precious intimate memories. The integral texts of the six stories are accompanied by the essays of project team members and external experts (museum professionals, academics, theatre actors…), retracing the process and outcomes of the whole experience, highlighting the language of storytelling as a crucial vehicle to breathe new life into museum collections and heritage sites which are often forgotten or neglected, and reflecting on the potential of creating new connections between the story of artworks and individual biographies.

Leaf through the book
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Un patrimonio di storie. La narrazione nei musei, una risorsa per la cittadinanza culturale
S. Bodo, S. Mascheroni e M. G. Panigada (eds.). Mimesis Edizioni, 2016

A heritage of stories. Storytelling in museums, a resource for cultural citizenship was first envisioned as an opportunity to take stock and reflect on the growing impact of storytelling in cultural heritage interpretation and mediation processes, as well as on its potential to trigger a new awareness of the meaningful relationships that every individual can create with objects apparently as “remote” from daily life as those preserved in a museum.

This volume was conceived primarily as a work tool for museum professionals, educators and social operators working with adults in different contexts; and yet, through the voice of its real protagonists, i.e. storytellers, A heritage of stories becomes a collection of stories which will fascinate every reader.

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Other relevant publications and essays

S. Bodo, S. Mascheroni, M. G. Panigada (2021), Mi lascio in eredità alla terra per rinascere dall’erba che amo: un processo collettivo di patrimonializzazione in terra bergamasca, in “Roots § Routes – Research on Visual Cultures”, themed issue “Ricco Patrimonio / Povera Patria”, edited by C. Alga and P. Bommarito, Anno XI, n. 37, September-Dicember 2021.

S. Bodo (2020), La narrazione nei musei ai tempi del Covid-19, in “Ag|Cult”, 11 April 2020.

S. Bodo (2019), «“Factories of Stories”. A journey from social inclusion to cultural innovation at the Uffizi Galleries», article published on the The Incluseum blog.

S. Bodo (2013), «New Paradigms for Intercultural Work in Museums – or Intercultural Work as a New Paradigm for Museum Practice?», article published on the The Incluseum blog (Part 1 and Part 2)

S. Bodo, S. Mascheroni (2012), Educare al patrimonio in chiave interculturale. Guida per educatori e mediatori museali, “Collana Strumenti”, Fondazione Ismu, Milano.

S. Bodo (2012), «Museums as intercultural spaces», in R. Sandell, E. Nightingale (eds.), Museums, Equality and Social Justice, Routledge, Londra e New York, pp. 181-191.

S. Bodo, K. Gibbs, M. Sani (2009) (eds.), Museums as places for intercultural dialogue: selected practices from Europe, pubblicato dai partner di MAP for ID; trad. it. I musei come luoghi di dialogo interculturale: esperienze dall’Europa.

S. Bodo, E. Daffra, R. Giorgi, S. Mascheroni, A. Montalbetti, M. Sozzi (2007), A Brera anch’io. Il museo come terreno di dialogo interculturale, Soprintendenza per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico ed Etnoantropologico di Milano e della Lombardia Occidentale, Pinacoteca di Brera, Electa, Milano.

S. Bodo, S. Cantù, S. Mascheroni (eds.) (2007), Progettare insieme per un patrimonio interculturale, Quaderni ISMU 1/2007, Fondazione ISMU, Milano.

S. Bodo, M. R. Cifarelli (2006) (eds.), Quando la cultura fa la differenza. Patrimonio, arti e media nella società multiculturale, Meltemi, Roma.

S. Bodo (2005) (ed.), Culture in movimento. Strumenti e risorse per una città interculturale, proceedings of the international conference jointly promoted by Provincia di Milano and Associazione per l’Economia della Cultura (Milano, 12-13 May 2005), M&B Publishing, Milano.

S. Bodo (2003) (ed.), Il museo relazionale. Riflessioni ed esperienze europee, Edizioni Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli, Torino (new edition).

A. Bortolotti, M. Calidoni, I. Mattozzi, S. Mascheroni (2008), Per l’educazione al patrimonio culturale. 22 tesi, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

S. Mascheroni, D. Zannelli (eds.) (2009), Il museo è il pubblico. Il servizio educativo del Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea: un laboratorio di esperienze 2006-2009, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea di Cinisello Balsamo.