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Starting from the experience of the Research Project Mending distances, reconnecting places: sharing everyday life (RiCu, 2019-2021) aimed at promoting forms of coexistence and mutual acknowledgement between asylum seekers and local communities, we reflect on the political, ethical and operational dimensions that the Third Mission can assume when knowledge and anthropological practices overstep the academic context to interact with the local one. By considering the relevance and complexity of doing-together, we therefore propose an itinerary of Third Mission where the canonical dimensions of the dissemination of research interplay with more transformative perspectives and practices.
The RiCu project shows that in order to go beyond the dissemination of academic knowledge, the Third Mission must be thought of and viewed as a dynamic path of interaction with the local context, in which ethnographic practice becomes the promoter of new synergies. This community engagement is expected to activate cross-contamination and mixing of knowledge, knowhows and languages of the subjects involved, thus generating enhanced awareness, new forms of encounter and creativity, and stimulating a real reconfiguration of views on issues such as cultural diversity, interaction and mutual acknowledgment.
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