International Coalition Sites of Conscience
Founded in 1999, The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is the only worldwide network dedicated to transforming places that preserve the past into dynamic spaces that promote civic action. With 200 member Sites in 55 countries, the Coalition is building the global movement to connect past to present, memory to action.
Mu.MA joined the Coaolition of Site of Conscience in 2010 addressed by a stakeholder of the Coalition, Compagnia di San Paolo. Joining the coalition, Mu.MA participated to Navigating Difference pilot project, joint initiative of three sites that remember aspects of migration history: Ellis Island National Monument, Le Bois du Caziers and Mu.MA/Galata Maritime Museum.
Now Mu.MA has been activiely involved since the last 4 years in the steering committee of the European Network.
European nations have unique struggles with pressing contemporary issues such as migration, xenophobia, and the recent increase in nationalistic sentiments. In order to find common ground in promoting tolerance today, the European members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience have united to form a European entity formally titled the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience – Europe.
The group was created on November 25, 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium, and recognized on February 17, 2016, with an announcement published in The Belgian Monitor. The group officially launched at the European Sites of Conscience Regional Workshop held in Barcelona from October 18-21, 2016 and hosted by member Memorial Democràtic. A domain name has also been established: www.sitesofconscience-europe.org.
Mu.MA’s history with the Coalition
The Navigating Difference pilot project was a joint initiative of three sites that remember aspects of migration history:Ellis Island National Monument, Le Bois du Caziers and Mu.MA/Galata Maritime Museum.
Through an interactive installation at all three sites, visitors were encouraged to rethink immigration from a historical perspective, then answer three simple questions about immigration today:
Is immigration good for my country?
For my community?
Visitors also could see how their peers abroad have responded.
Jumping off from the questions posed by the installation, each participating hosted community-focused dialogues where students could talk about the impact of immigration on their lives today.
watch the video of the activity