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AHM academic co-director Ihab Saloul holds the Umberto Eco Chair of ‘Memory Studies and Narrative’ at the International Centre for the Humanities Studies ‘Umberto Eco' (ex Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici) and the TraMe Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Cultural Memory and Traumas at the University of Bologna from September 2019.

The chair is awarded to scholars who are performing at a high level in their professional fields and disciplines, and has been established in order to promote research and education in heritage and memory studies, narrative, semiotics and trauma museums as well as strengthen the context of internationalisation between the University of Bologna and the University of Amsterdam. As a holder of the chair, Saloul will develop and teach an advanced PhD seminar on 'memory and narrative' as well as contribute to the network and research proposals at the Umberto Eco and TraMe centers.