The collated survey involves developing ethnographic surveys for the purposes of observing a social phenomenon, whilst also reporting material and immaterial testimonies: filmed interviews, photographs and objects. All of this is systematically analysed (reports, articles) before being added to the museum’s assets as research material.
These campaigns were launched as part of research programmes spanning several years, mobilising researchers and scientific personnel. They also make use quite often of photographs, video makers and even artists that work in the field in synergy.
During the 2000s, the collated surveys were a part of the scientific construction of Mucem, which was in its preliminary stages at the time. This involved the launch on an international scale of new programmes on themes as varied as carnivals in Europe, olive oil production, the history and memories of AIDS, transformations of rituals linked to gender, contemporary representations of water and pollution, sociabilities linked to coffee, urban creation of graffiti and tags, the practice of skateboarding and amplified music.
‘The economy of left-overs in the Mediterranean’ relates to the analysis of the social processes linked to waste-handling including sorting, collection, recovery, re-classification and recycling and on the organisational forms, values and flows linked to these.
‘Football & identities. Representations and practices of supporterism and football in Europe and in the Mediterranean’. The idea is to observe the way in which identity affiliations – including cultural, urban, migrant, political, religious, gender and class – are linked to football, and to collect material and immaterial manifestations of these.
Tags and graffiti
‘Shared saint locations. Pathways between monotheisms’ is about observing and documenting the existence of cultural locations where encounters, relationships and exchanges take place between the religions of the Book in the Mediterranean.
‘In Vivo In Vitro – Cork oak in the Mediterranean’. Cork oak is a species that is endemic to the western Mediterranean: it is found in France, Tunisia, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Portugal. The purpose of the study is to study the practices – including the operational chain and the knowledge – and the representations linked to the cork oak, and all cork forest users: the State (the owner), the local populations (the users) and the businesses (those exploiting it).