The project proposes to study intercultural connections in contemporary Europe, engaging both native and ‘new’ Europeans. These connections are woven through the faculties of embodied subjects – memory, visuality and mobility – and concern the movement of people, ideas and images across the borders of European nation-states with a focus on Italy and the Netherlands.
Memory, here, is understood not merely as oral or direct memory but also as cultural memory, that reveals itself in several cultural products. Our research aims to understand the possibility of new forms of European belonging as they develop in an increasingly diasporic world.
After having been an area of emigration for centuries, today’s Europe is not only a key site of immigration but also a crucial point of arrival in a global network designed by mobile human beings.
The BABE project is based at the Department of History and Civilization of the European University Institute (Florence)