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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The fieldwork component follows various directions of work and is articulated around three main areas:
Individual interviews
The individual interviews are carried out mainly with migrants from the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and Peru and collected in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. The goal is to focus on various journey and migratory experiences of different subjects (based on their social status, age, gender, working condition, etc.)
Fieldwork in educational contexts
A large part of the work consists of fieldwork in educational contexts, considered crucial for the attempt to understand what the term “Europe” and “memory” may mean today and for future generations. The fieldwork includes educational institutions and community based and civil society associations based in Italy and the Netherlands, including those with a prevalent number of “native born” subjects (male and female, aged between 14 and 20) and migratory subjects (male and female, aged between 16 and 60).
Visual works and artists
Fieldwork and archival documentation concerning artists and visual artworks is aimed to study various dimensions and connections between memory, mobility and artistic practices. These include: the interplay between artists’ biographical itineraries and their visual production; the impact of documentary and the archival turn in the visual arts in a historical perspective; and the political relevance of a visual critique of Fortress Europe.