Europe is indeed diversity; a multiplicity of identities with their own memories and desires of belonging.
Europe is indeed diversity; a multiplicity of identities with their own memories and desires of belonging. However, this way of understanding Europe as an agora of multiple belongings is challenged by the persistence and (re)apparition of old and new stereotypical and prejudicial views, reinforcing the North-South divide. In this context, new views are needed, which are capable of incorporating all kinds of irregularities, exceptions and disagreement without dividing or categorizing. In order to reflect on these issues, we proposed a participatory two-day seminar with media and communication students from different EU member states.
The article "Communicating Europe: Is it Really that Complicated?" is a first result of the debates on how media can /should contribute to the building of a critical view on Europeaness as an open and fluid form. The article is the result of a cooperative work during the seminar “Europe behind (mis)understanding” (Barcelona, December 2014), organised by CIDOB with the participation of: Hanne Brønmo, Irene Dominioni, Ana Escaso Moreno, Simone Fissolo, Fatih Göksu, Nele Goutier, Lotte Kamphuis, Sofia Lotto-Persio, Paula Meliá García, Francisco Pérez Urena, Magda Skrzypek, Dániel Szabó and Yasmin Wolkow.
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