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The Mobility of Memory: Migrations and Diasporas across European Borders

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The Mobility of Memory

Migrations and Diasporas across European Borders

Edited by Luisa Passerini, Milica Trakilović, and Gabriele Proglio

252 pages, 25 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-233-5 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Published (October 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-234-2 eBook

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“The fieldwork that these authors have carried out for several years makes this book’s insights particularly valuable. Art and images are used in a rich and experimental way to discuss human rights struggles, narratives of memory and identity, changes needed in conceptualising identity and language, and more horizontal ways to address contemporary migration in education.” • Margaret Tali, University of Groningen


Migration is most concretely defined by the movement of human bodies, but it leaves indelible traces on everything from individual psychology to major social movements. Drawing on extensive field research, and with a special focus on Italy and the Netherlands, this interdisciplinary volume explores the interrelationship of migration and memory at scales both large and small, ranging across topics that include oral and visual forms of memory, archives, and artistic innovations. By engaging with the complex tensions between roots and routes, minds and bodies, The Mobility of Memory offers an incisive and empirically grounded perspective on a social phenomenon that continues to reshape both Europe and the world.

Luisa Passerini is Professor Emerita of History at the European University Institute, Florence, and former Principal Investigator of the European Research Project “Bodies across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond.”

Milica Trakilović teaches in the Graduate Gender Program at Utrecht University and was formerly Research Assistant with the European Research Project “Bodies across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond.”

Gabriele Proglio is a research fellow at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra and former Research Assistant with the European Research Project “Bodies across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond.”

Subject: Mobility Studies Refugee and Migration Studies Sociology Memory Studies
Area: Europe


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Preamble: The Mobility of Memory in the Context of Intersubjectivity
Luisa Passerini

Introduction: Europe and Beyond
Milica Trakilović and Gabriele Proglio

Part I: Mobility Framed by Language: Constraints and Possibilities

Chapter 1. Between “Fleeing” and “Taking Flight”: Negotiating the Refugee Label
Milica Trakilović

Chapter 2. “Languages of Mobility/Mobility of Languages”: Between Words and Imagery
Giada Giustetto

Part II: Transcultural Subjectivities in Educational Settings

Chapter 3. Represented Bodies, Broken Bodies: Visions of Transnational Subjectivities and Memories among Italian Students
Graziella Bonansea

Chapter 4. Transcultural Itineraries and New Literacies: How Memories Could Reshape School Systems
Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman, Sergio Baauw, Debbie Cole, Suzanne Dekker, and Marie Steffens

Part III: Diasporic Memories and Archival Trajectories

Chapter 5. Conceptualizing Diasporic Memory: Temporalities and the Geography of Emotions in Eritreans’ Oral Tales
Gabriele Proglio

Chapter 6. Eva Nera Reloaded: An Archive in the Making
Liliana Ellena

Part IV: Visualizing Memory and Resistance

Chapter 7. Counter-Images of Migration: (Visual) Memories of Refugee Migration That Resist an Anti-Immigrant Discourse
Iris van Huis

Chapter 8. Visualizing Violence: Political Imaginations from the Syrian Diaspora in the Netherlands
Sara Verderi

Epilogue: Bodies Crossing Borders
Rosemarie Buikema


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