European University Institute Bodies across borders: oral and visual memory in Europe and beyond
Bodies across borders: oral and visual memory in Europe and beyond

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5 June 2015, Practices Across Borders. Visuality, Aesthetics, Memory

05 June – 9:30 to 17:30

The workshop is aimed to discuss methodological approaches to the intersection between memory and mobility in visual works and contemporary artistic practices as one of the key concerns of the Bodies across Borders. Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond (BABE) Research Project. Invited researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds will offer the opportunity to focus on transversal issues such as: the relationship between different forms of visuality; connections and discontinuities between social memory processes and aesthetics; social practices involved in processes of production, circulation, exhibition, and reception of artistic works. In each session two invited scholars will present papers followed by responses from members of the Project Research team
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze, Italy
Chair: Graziella Bonansea (BABE Research Associate, EUI)
Pascal Dubourg Glatigny (CNRS, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris): Déplacements et restrictions du champ d’intervention artistique au rythme des migrations (abstract)
Chiara Bertola (Senior Curator, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia): Conserver le futur: temporalités et travail dans le contemporain
Chair: Liliana Ellena (BABE Research Associate, EUI)
Giovanna Zapperi (École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Bourges): The Archive as a Contact Zone
Simon Harvey (Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, Trondheim): Mapping Transitions: Counter-Cartographical Responses to Flow and Fixity in a World of Mobility (abstract)

Luisa Passerini receives All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values

President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso awards prize of the European Academies to Italian Professor of Cultural History
At the award ceremony in the premises of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels on 9 April 2014 José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, honoured the laureate´s exceptional scholarly work on European cultural values and European identity. The prize is initiated by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and co-sponsored by Stiftung Mercator. It is awarded biennially and endowed with 25,000 Euro.
“A sense of belonging to Europe, to a community of values and culture, is essential to forge that common destiny. Europe is us, each of us. And each of us can make a difference in Europe and contribute to driving positive change. This is what ALLEA is doing through its wide range of activities. This is also what Professor Luisa Passerini is working on, looking at what holds us together. I congratulate Professor Luisa Passerini for her exceptional work which forms part of the important scholarly contributions towards an understanding of Europe as an intellectual and cultural entity”, stated José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission.
Manuel Barroso’s complete speech
Professor Passerini’s speech.

Memory and the Archive: Collection, Interpretation and Conservation of Oral and Visual Documents

Workshop held 15.1.14. A central research focus of the BABE project is the gathering of migrants’ itineraries. This is done in both oral and visual form, so either in recorded interviews and/or in drawings done by the migrants themselves. In the interviews they put into word, gesture and body language these itineraries and in the drawings they undertake a creative imaging of their itinerary. The materials of documentation are to be deposited in the Historical Archives of the European Union at the EUI. One of the important questions the materials thus gathered pose then will be, how to archive this documentation.

Programme (Download PDF)

Audio recording

List of Papers

Luisa Passerini (BABE Principal Investigator), Living Archives. Continuity and Innovation in the Art of Memory Catherine Previti Allaire (archiviste aux AHUE), La Collection d’histoire orale des Archives historiques de l’Union européenne

Presentation of the ERC Project BABE

Inaugural presentation of the Project on the 15th of November 2013 at the EUI, in Villa Schifanioa.
The following members of the Advisory Committee were present: Prof.  Pilar  Folguera  Crespo;  Prof.  Ioanna  Laliotou;  Prof.  Lutz  Niethammer;  Prof. Marina Nordera.

Programme (Download PDF)

Morning: Intents and Scope of the Project

Chair: Federico Romero
09.30  Introduction: Luisa Passerini: BABE, Bodies Across Borders. Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond (Paper PDF)
10.30  Coffee Break
11.00    First Session: Memory, Mobility, and Visuality
Luiza Bialasiewicz: Mapping Mobile Memories: Narrating Identities Across Spaces
Liliana Ellena: Performing Post-colonial Memory: Visual Practices and the
Archive (Paper PDF)
13.00    Lunch

Afternoon: Field Research on Individual and Cultural Memory

Chair: Anna Triandafyllidou
14.30    Second Session: Oral and Visual Memories
Gabriele Proglio: Memories of Women from the Horn of Africa (Paper PDF)
Leslie Nancy Hernández Nova: La trasmissione delle cosmovisioni nelle migrazioni peruviane attraverso l’Europa: tra arte e tradizione (Paper PDF)
16.00    Coffee Break
16.30    Third Session: Induced Reception and Mapping
Graziella Bonansea: Narration, Closeness and Distance: A Case-Study in an Italian High School (Liceo Artistico Buniva, Pinerolo) (Paper PDF)
Luisa Passerini: Itineraries of Mobile Subjectivities: Young Migrants in an Italian CTP (Centro Territoriale Permanente Gabelli, Torino – Centre for the Study of Italian Language and Citizenship) (Paper PDF)
20.00    Dinner
Luiza Bialasiewicz: BABE Senior Researcher, Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Relations (University of Amsterdam – BABE co-beneficiary)
Graziella Bonansea: BABE Research Assistant
Liliana Ellena: BABE Research Assistant
Leslie Nancy Hernández Nova: BABE Research Assistant
Luisa Passerini: BABE Principal Investigator, Part-time Professor at the Department of History and Civilization (European University Institute)
Gabriele Proglio: BABE Collaborator, Doctoral Student (University of Turin)
Federico Romero: Professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration and  Head of the Department of History and Civilization (European University Institute)
Anna Triandafyllidou: Director of the Global Government Programme Research Strand on Cultural Pluralism at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute)
Members of the Scientific Committee:
Pilar Folguera Crespo (Universidad Autonóma de Madrid)
Ioanna Laliotou (University of Thessaly)
Lutz Niethammer (Emeritus, University of Jena)
Marina Nordera (Université Sophia-Antipolis, Nice)
Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths, University of London)