Accettura Multimedia Archive Online

May 25, 2021

Starting today at 12 noon, the Accettura Multimedia Archive website will be online at this address.

May 25, 2021 is the Tuesday of Pentecost. In Accettura, this is the day in which traditionally the Maggio of S. Giuliano reaches its climax, and for the second time the Maggio will be silent. The suspension in 2020 of the celebrations of the May of S. Giuliano, due to the Covid-19, constituted an unprecedented fact for Accettura. From this forced pause, a reflection on the deeper meanings of the feast took shape. The first step was the project Accettura 2020. Il Maggio dei Silenzio, with the testimonies on the “absent festival” collected in the spring of 2020, and intended as a first step towards the creation of the Accettura Multimedia Archive.

The Archive aims to safeguard and share Accettura’s cultural heritage and identity, and addresses both the scholarly and the local community. Local identity, memory and participation in the knowledge/conservation of Accettura’s heritage thus become central aspects for thinking about the present and, above all, the future. The Archive is a place where documentary materials will be continuously collected, preserved, and showcased, together with documents and commentary texts – often in English for an international diffusion.

Conceived as a work in progress to be enriched over time, the Archive, with a rich presence of texts, images and sounds, is currently divided into 11 sections, ranging from literature to poetry, from photography to art, from history to anthropology, aiming to offer a significant representation of Accettura’s cultural heritage.

The initiative is promoted by ANSPI-Accettura, LEAV-University of Milan, under the patronage of the Municipality of Accettura.


May 19, 2021

As part of the II Permanent Seminar of Narratology organised by IULM University and the University of Naples Federico II, Nicola Scaldaferri will give a talk on listening experiences in the ethnomusicological perspective.

The event will take place at 9:30am on Zoom. Access to the seminar is free upon request by email (


Papàs Antonio Bellusci’s Notebooks Uncovered

May 9, 2021

Between 1965 and 1973, the young papàs (father) Antonio Bellusci carried out his pastoral duties in San Costantino Albanese (Potenza), a small Arbëreshë village belonging to the Catholic Eparchy of Lungro. There he had the opportunity to collect and document many of the local cultural and linguistic aspects, which resulted in numerous publications and constituted an important base for his research activity. All the notes and writings on his research in San Costantino have now been published by Squilibri (Rome), in a book edited by Nicola Scaldaferri and Maddalena Scutari.

The volume will be presented on Sunday, May 9, at 5pm, in San Costantino Albanese, in the presence of the author, the editors, and the bishop of Lungro Donato Oliverio. The event will be opened by the institutional greetings of the mayor, Renato Iannibelli, and will be coordinated by papàs Giampiero Vaccaro. A performance of traditional Arbëreshë songs will close the presentation.

Exploring Rurality in Southern Italy

April 17, 2021

As part of MaMo. Materializing Modernity, an interdisciplinary webinar on modernist rurality organised by Federica Pompejano and co-partnered by LEAV, Nicola Scaldaferri (LEAV, University of Milan) and Lorenzo Ferrarini (Manchester University) will held a lecture on rurality in Basilicata, centered on their recent book Sonic Ethnography.

The event is part of Nicola Scaldaferri’s course in Anthropology of Music, and will take place on Zoom at 5:30pm (CEST).

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MaMo. Materializing Modernity

April 12 – May 6, 2021

An interdisciplinary webinar on modernist rurality that brings together experts in the field of architecture, ethnography, visual anthropology, cultural landscapes and heritage.

In many European countries, modernity seems to have been regarded chiefly as a state-based ideological and experimental project, providing an opportunity for new rural landscape and architectural ideas converging on the vision imposed by diverse ideologies.
In this context and regardless of the nature of the political ideology, the pre-existing rural landscape underwent reshaping processes that reflected into tangible transformations and interventions.
During 20th-century and at different times, many countries demonstrated all the difficulties involved in addressing and incorporating the memories, material culture and societal evidence of those modernisation processes, and the remains they left into the new democratic present. These tangible traces of the past represent remembrances of unsuccessful economic policies and lost political bets, encompassing cultural, societal, anthropological, and historical values and memories, still impacting people who live in those territories. The webinar will delve into how can we explore, document, investigate and interpretate these rural realities.

The webinar is organised by Federica Pompejano (MSCA IF Fellow researcher, Academy of Albanian Studies, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Art Studies – Albania), and is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant.

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“Soundscapes” Symposium

March 29, 2021

As part of the Soundscapes symposium organised by the University of Trento, Nicola Scaldaferri will present his last book Sonic Ethnnography, co-authored with Lorenzo Ferrarini. The event aims to present a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach to the concept of soundscape, broadly understood and open to different interpretations, readings, and “translations”. Speakers include Noora Vikman, Simone Torresin, Cristina Ghirardini, Domenico Torta, and Filippo Caon. The event will take place on Zoom, and will also be live streamed.

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