UNESCO Chair in Cultural and Comparative Studies on the Imaginary (726), established in 2006 at Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milano (Italy).


Cultural and comparative studies on the imaginary.


  • The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of cultural and comparative studies on the imaginary.
  • This is in order to favour the interdisciplinary comparison of knowledge and methodologies improving researches on the imaginary, thus contributing to diffuse them worldwide and to grant the dissemination of results through the creation of an International Magazine, and to promote the integration of young researchers.
  • It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University, other institutions in Italy and Europe and North America, and in other regions of the world to encourage them to include this subject in their research scope.
  • The ultimate goal is to consider the studies on the imaginary as a major contribution to the origins and cultural identities.

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network



Progress report 2009-2010 (short version)

Progress Report 2007-2008 (short version)


Prof. Paolo Proietti, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Institute of Arts, Culture and Comparative Literature
Project Leader
E-Mail address - instituto.arti(at)
Work Phone - +39-02-89-141-2604
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Street - Via Carlo Bo 1
City - Milano
Postal Code - 20143
Country - Italy