The international workshop Palermo: Cultural Heritage, Migration and Sustainable Development strives to promote dialogue between national and international ex perts 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.



Established in 2017, AUGE is non –profit cultural organization aiming to promote the rich cultural environment of Palermo within the international scene. Its mission is to develop multidisciplinary projects, global network of experts and events that bear on a wide range of cultural aspects as sources of sustainable development.
The multifaceted expression and manifold declinations of culture, ranging from tangible and intangible heritage, creative and cultural industries, cultural diversity, will be the core of AUGE knowledge-sharing activities and debates among young professionals, researchers and policy makers. AUGE encourages community involvement through the organization of public events, conferences and education programs in the fields of art, culture and creativity, giving everyone the opportunity to contribute regardless nationality, age, gender, religion and race.


Established in 2012, MhD Consulting aims to promote the concept of diversity as wealth. Promoting international cooperation in the field of human rights, culture, science, research and development is the way forward to convey our fundamental principle.
MhD Consulting is engaged in creating an international network of stakeholders working in various sectors such as science, culture and economics. Against the recent economic crisis and growing intolerance and xenophobia episodes in Europe,
MhD Consulting strongly believes that international cooperation, especially in cultural sphere, is the basic mean to enhance sustainable development processes.


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.

The Scientific Committee performs consultancy, provides guidance and evaluation functions aimed at:

  • ensuring a good ratio of local and international high calibre lecturers
  • defining an original programme with excellent scientific credentials
  • verifying and disseminating achieved results through scientific publications in the Discussion Paper series and similar
  • enhancing the reputation of the International Workshop at national and international level

The members of the Scientific Committee are:

Prof. Maurizio Carta

University of Palermo

Prof. Arthur Weststeijn, A.V.

University of Utrecht / Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR)

Mrs. Marta D’Alia

Cultural non-profit organization AUGE

Mrs. Francesca Taormina

Cultural non-profit organization AUGE

Mr. Mouhamed Cissé

International cooperation Agency MhD Consulting

Mrs. Laura D’Alia

Cultural non-profit organization AUGE


The workshop consists of lectures and debates together with didactic visits in and out of town.


The program will take place from the 18th to 30th of June 2018 (9 consecutive days of seminars and didactic sightseeing and 2 days dedicated to group research and final presentations


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance that can be validated for 5 ECTS

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

*This option will be offered to a limited number of participants (priority will be given on a first come, first served basis)

  • Option 2
    Subscription fees of
  • 488 €
    • lectures
    • entrance tickets
    • guided tours

  • Online form


International experts

International partners


Guided visits


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. Following the UNESCO key vision that places culture at “the heart of development policies”, the international workshop intends to put culture at the heart of European renewal, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030) as well as the European Commission’s cultural policy.

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



The workshop consists of lectures and debates together with didactic visits in and out of town.


In January 2017 Minister for Cultural Heritage and Art, Dario Franceschini, nominated Palermo Italian Capital of Culture for 2018.

Along with the title, an award of extra funding has been given to the capital of Sicily to be invested in cultural, artistic and tourist-boosting activities. Palermo’s Mayor, Leoluca Orlando, has stressed how Palermo’s nomination is related not only to its undeniable cultural richness and importance in the history of Italy, but also to its “culture of welcome and acceptance”, referring to Palermo’s efforts in assisting the thousands of migrants arriving at its harbour.

According to the jury’s citation, “the candidacy is backed by an original project, of high cultural value, great humanitarian scope, strongly and generously aimed at inclusion, permanent training, the creation of capacity and citizenship, without neglecting the valorisation of the heritage and contemporary artistic production”.

Numerous activities and initiatives will take place in the city making 2018 an annus mirabilis for Palermo, that will also host the 12th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.

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