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Seminar "The World Heritage Asmara"




On the occasion of the XIX edition of “Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo” (21-27 ottobre), which is dedicated to “Italian Language and the Stage”, the Institute presents


Half day seminar at Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Stockholm

This seminar will present and discuss a research project related to Asmara, the architecturally expressive capital of Eritrea. The architecture, belonging to the first half of the 20th century, is a product of Italian colonialism, but also reaches back to Asmara’s predecessor with Ottoman roots, Massawa. The project considers aspects of regional, classical, Italian, Ottoman and ”international style” identities, in perspectives ranging from the urban scale to architectural details. The presentation will focus on specific architectural cases in Asmara and Massawa, explored by the project team in study visits during 2018, but also consider the position of the Eritrean cities in a globalized historiography.

In 2017 Asmara was included in the Unesco World Heritage List. The criteria fulfilled were thus summarized: “The authenticity of local intangible attributes manifested in language, cultural practices, identity, and sense of place have been retained through Asmara’s evolution from an indigenous centre of economy and administration, through a colonial capital, to a modern African capital.” The project is a collaboration between the Swedish Institutes in Rome and the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.


Invited lecturer: Antonello Alici, PhD, assistant professor at Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona

The project members: 

Kristian Göransson, PhD, Classical Archaeology, scholar at the Swedish Institute in Rome
Maria Mellgren, MSc, Conservation of Built Environment
Johan Mårtelius, Professor, KTH Architecture, scholar at SRII
Gertrud Olsson, PhD, senior lecturer HDK Steneby/Göteborgs universitet, scholar at SRII
Greger Widgren, Former ambassador, member of the Research Collegium at SRII


Data: lö 26 okt 2019

Tid: Från 13:00 till 16:30

Arrangeras av : IIC Stoccolma

I samarbete med : Svenska Institutet i Rom, Svenska Forskningsinstit

Inträde : gratis


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Gärdesgatan 14