chapter  14
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Post-critical Museology: The Distributed Museum and the Crisis of European Representation

In Reggio Emilia, Italy, during the twentieth century, the opening of a large factory producing planes, trains and tractors attracted workers from everywhere and led to the building of new worker's and immigrant's living quarters. In 1904, in the city of Reggio Emilia, the Reggiane factory was opened to produce railway equipment. The district of Santa Croce partly followed the fortunes of Reggiane: the number of local workers gradually decreased and they were replaced by foreign immigrants, both as factory workers and as residents in the neighbourhood. In 2010 the Istituto per la Storia della Resistenza e della Societa contemporanea of the Reggio Emilia Province and the Centro Territoriale Permanente of Reggio Emilia carried out a project which had been devised expressly for the foreign residents in the city of Reggio Emilia. The project has contributed to improving the knowledge of the city's history and of the Reggiane factory among locals.