BABE The BABE Project (Bodies across borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and beyond)

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Hern√°ndez Nova, Leslie Nancy; Musa, Samir

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The BABE project was directed by Luisa Passerini, promoted by the European Research Council, and based at the Department of History of the European University Institute, Florence, in the years 2013-2018. Fieldwork was done in the Netherlands and Italy. The archival collection offers innovative results for the understanding of a European memory under construction in an increasingly diasporic world. The great diversity of oral and visual sources collected by the project consists of individual and collective interviews with various people on the move in different contexts, be it social or scholastic.
The main objective of the BABE research project was to study today's new European cultural relations, taking into consideration the multiple trajectories of mobility reaching Europe. The multimedia products collected during this project were deposited at the Historical Archives of the European Union. This material sheds light on the history of Europe, the construction of the European Union, and its evolving relationship with the rest of the world. The people interviewed explained from their point of view both their own experience of mobility toward Europe and their own reflections on what it means today to be European. From a methodology point of view, the research offer also an analysis of relationships between oral, written and visual languages.


Cultural history; Visual Memory; Mobility; Intersubjetivity

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Type of Archival Materials

Audio, Map/Drawing, Photograph, Textual, Video

Allied Materials

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