25 – 28 July 2019, Nova Gorica, Slovenia and Gorizia, Italy
The fifth edition of “Europe Lab” took place on 25–28 July 2019 in the neighbouring towns Nova Gorica, Slovenia and Gorizia, Italy. The Association Quarantasettezeroquattro (47/04) hosted the Lab.
The overall topic of this “Europe Lab” was “Borderlands: Movements, migration, cooperation”. The programme of Europe Lab 2019 included three intensive workshop sessions; each one was coordinated by an organisation and additional experts or speakers. In addition to the workshops, discussions, cultural and networking events, as well as walking tours and excursions were held around the two cities and the region.
WORKSHOPS OF 2019
Topographies of Memory: Culture of Remembrance and Urban Space
Samuel Fernández-Pichel, professor of media and cultural studies at the International Centre, Pablo de Olavide University in Seville (Spain).
Alessandro Cattunar, Association 47/04 (Italy).
The main goal was to introduce working frameworks through which to understand historical past in distinct (transnational) European settings as well as to explore the intersections of memory studies and urban cultural studies.
Participants reviewed both artistic strategies and research methodologies aimed at disclosing individual and collective memories in relation to specific and/or cross-border urban environments. The workshop consisted of lectures, inputs and practical parts in the city of Gorizia.
The European agenda and European identities 2019
Kelly Marie Miller, Migration Matters (Germany).
Svetlana Buko, sociologist and researcher (Italy).
The idea of the workshop was to critically position European Union discourse on migration, cohesion, and identity alongside scholarly, narrative, and practical perspectives, identify “us” vs. “them” dynamics as well as language of “we” in European discourse, home countries and personal experience. We were guided by the questions: Where does Europe begin? Where does it end? And who decides? How can we form community in the face of globalisation, diversity and multiple identities?
Tools and methods used in the workshop included: active listening, story-exchange, and human-centred design methodologies.
Climate Change and new forms of civic activistm
Magdalena Klarenbach, Fundacja Otwarty Plan/Open Plan Foundation (Poland).
Vera Goshkoderia, urban developer and climate change activist (Russia).
The objectives of the workshop were: To gain an understanding of climate change being determinant of the post-contemporary world (Anthropocene), to learn skills and strategies for communicating climate science especially climate literacy, to explore social movements and activism theories, and to hear from local experts on strategies for implementing solutions. The workshop followed the guiding questions: Why is climate change the biggest challenge of our (post)contemporary world? What are the new ways of overcoming climate change? What are the new forms of civic activism? Is activism, and its new forms, the problem or solution? In the workshop, we used interactive games, group discussions and activities in the city.
PHOTO GALLERY 2019
Photos taken during Europe Lab 2019.
For more information about the programme, the workshops and the venue of Europe Lab 2019, please visit the website.