African-European Narratives is a storytelling project that addresses the interplay of African and European cultures, widely present in contemporary European societies, rooted in the personal and family stories of many of their citizens. Stories of post-colonial present, of African origin and descent, of colonial memory and post-memory, of wars and conflict, of migration, diaspora and homecomings, but also of a vibrant contemporary interplay of cultures and identities. Telling stories uncovers the diversity of contemporary societies and multiplies the voices that can be heard. It also deepens our memory and triggers our imagination, helping us to make sense of who we are. That is why stories are such powerful tools against dominant narratives.

African-European Narratives is also a project of Digital Arts and Humanities that privileges creative multimedia practices and net activism and tests the possibilities of digital cultural analytics. Telling stories in an intermedia environment unlocks the diversity of cultural expressions, allowing, at the same time, for their contamination. Sharing them across digital networks disregards national boundaries and connects communities, empowering individual voices as well as trans-individual and transnational processes. The result is a digital Atlas of stories gathered through a contributory web platform that will progressively map our collective imaginary about the interplay between Europe and Africa.
African-European Narratives is an invitation to re-imagine Europe and contribute to its postcolonial cartography. One that transcends the circle of national narratives, disrupts their imaginary homogeneity and disturbs the politics of identity and otherness. An invitation to collectively produce and reappropriate archives, to navigate diversity and visualise a new cultural configuration of Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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