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

BABE-HAEU conjunct session at the UDPN École d’été, 14 July 2016

The BABE-HAEU conjunct session is part of the École d’été  organized by the network “Usages des Patrimoines Numérisés” (Université Sorbonne Paris Cité) taking place at Villa Finaly, Florence, 11-15 July 2016.
Methodological challenges raised by the archival processing of visual and oral sources collected during BABE Project fieldworks will be discussed within the larger framework of the digitization projects currently carried out by the Historical Archives of the European Union.
The HAEU will host all the BABE material once the collection will be completed.

Session Programme:

Thursday 14
14:00 – 17:00 The Historical Archives of the European Union-Villa Salviati
Presentation of the BABE Research Project “Bodies Across Borders : Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond”
Liliana Ellena and Leslie Hernández-Nova (European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization, Florence)
The Historical Archives of the European Union
Dieter Schlenker (HAEU Director, European University Institute, Florence)
15:30 – 15:45 Afternoon Break
Visit of the Historical Archives of the European Union  
Full UDPN École d’été Programme
“Usages des Patrimoines Numérisés”

19-20 May 2016, Lectures on Memory and Visuality, Florence

The intersection between visuality, memory and politics is a crucial field of inquiry for the BABE research project, calling attention to the historical processes through which practices of mobility and border regulation have reconfigured the European space after 1989.
The two invited lecturers aim to enlarge our methodological perspective by discussing research fields and approaches based on colonial and postcolonial India. They will explore how visual meanings were generated and transformed in relation to the geopolitics of empire and to the national self-making of post-colonial India, and will shed light on the cultural and institutional relations shaping political spaces. Furthermore, their contributions will discuss how protocols of personal identification as well as the visualization of material/imagined borders reflect multiple temporalities.
Thursday 19 May
Film in the Archive of Mediatized Politics 
by Professor Ravi Vasudevan (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi)
Friday 20 May
The ‘Look’ of the Document: The Colonial Subject in Transit, British India, 1882-1921
by Professor Radhika Singha (Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

10-11 March, Cultural Memory and Oral History in Global Perspective

Joint Initiative of Professors Alexander Etkind and Luisa Passerini.

This workshop aims to explore the connections between various forms of memory and their recording, transmission and preservation through different media, as these have been developing in the last fifty years across the globe. Particular relevance will be given to exchanges and osmosis between cultural and geopolitical areas as well as fields of knowledge and the arts.


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)

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)