Under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco



The VIth RIMM Symposium

Is there a new civilising role for the Mediterranean today?

A cross-cutting look at heritage and cultural challenges

Monaco – March 17th, 18th & 19th 2011

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Is there a new civilising role for the Mediterranean today? This may sound like a utopian question, and yet, despite the various crises to strike the region, the Mediterranean has constantly demonstrated its creative energy and ability to adapt and regenerate itself. In the era of globalisation, innovative cultural initiatives can help the region find its place.

A unique crossroads for people, cultures and religions, the Mediterranean has always been a place of exchanges, allowing various civilisations to emerge as powerful trajectories that have integrated many cultures without absorbing them into one. Mediterranean history is punctuated by civilising periods – Greek, Roman, Islamic – that produced philosophy, democracy, art, science and humanism.

One of the region’s unique aspects is the cultural, diplomatic and economic power of its “flagship” cities. Which Mediterranean urban centres are capable of again exerting such influence in the future? The circulation of goods, people and ideas and the mixing of cultures that occur in the Mediterranean create a unique set of tangible and intangible networks and connections that can potentially play a renewed civilising role.

The three themes of this symposium:

- Heritage    

- Past and future flagship cities

- Networks

See speaker list.