Dizionario-interculturale

AMBIGUPHOBIA

Is an emotion invented by the writer David Foster Wallace to describe the discomfort that one feels in leaving something open for interpretation by others. It indicates the almost phobic reactivity in the face of the ambiguity created by the many definitions or interpretations used for a single concept and which end up being redundant …

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COMMON SPACE

Art is the common language to bring differences together. In the “common space” of the museum – by definition, a protected environment –all potentially excluded publics find acceptance and the possibility of engaging in experiences of narration in the presence of the regular museum public. This is how the museum fits positively into the difficult …

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COMMUNITY

If it is in fact true that the Convention stipulates the value of the link between heritage and community, this does not help us overcome the dichotomous view of “us” and “others” if the community perceives itself as a closed, immobile, or barely permeable system. The only way to demonstrate and affirm the procedural, inclusive …

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CULTURAL HERITAGE, VALUE OF

The process of appreciating the value of cultural heritage involves: the type of value: use, non-use, existence, bequest and option; economic and noneconomic, market and non-market, tangible and intangible, etc.; The subject that carries out the assessment: individuals (users-non-proprietors, usersproprietors, proprietors-non-users, non-users and non-proprietors) or groups (informal communities, networks, associations and foundations, etc.); this subject …

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DIVERSITY

Strongly connected with the previous concept, diversity is an emergent feature of life, without which evolution would not have occurred. Maybe these difficult times will come to an end when “interculture” is no longer a word, a definition, but a full-fledged process; “interculture” will be the norm, and normality does not need any special description. …

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EDGE EFFECT

Is a concept we borrow from ecology in order to describe the features of the areas where two different ecosystems meet, and a third one is born with new characteristics. For example, when the desert meets the savannah in Africa, or when the fresh waters of the Amazon mix with the Atlantic Ocean’s salt water, …

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EMPATHY

In an increasingly arid and less and less human world, we must find the strength to direct our gaze towards others, and rediscover emotional intelligence and the ability to empathise. In an historic moment in which we are used to reacting by judging and accusing, we must find curiosity and understanding about what surrounds us.

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