Being Refugee: A European Narrative
8. 2. 2018 to 28. 3. 2018
8. 2. 2018 to 28. 3. 2018

Being Refugee: A European Narrative

A “Europe for Citizens” Project
“Flucht Europäisch Erzählen. Being Refugee: A European Narrative”
February 8 – March 25, 2018
Flight is usually none of or just a marginal topic in the representation of history which is offered at city museums. Through project activities, until now mostly hidden stories will be recounted as part of the “own” city history and, at the same time, of the shared European history revealing themselves as being part of a shared European narrative.

The project‘s exhibition presents the stories about various refugees from different European countries originating from different time periods. The dimension being a refugee is be made visible in an exhibition by means of refugee (hi)stories based on fifteen different objects. Those objects are to be identified and contextualized as testimonials for flight and expulsion experiences, in precise through a visual intervention, offering additional information sources and life narratives. By presenting the exhibition shown at the project’s partner institutions, we are reminded that being a refugee is a common European experience, which should be made visible and shared as a common European narrative.

In 2018 the exhibition will be shown also in Rijeka (March), Novi Sad (March), Tuzla (April), and Vienna (May-December). The exhibition will also be available online in May 2018.

Project team
Home institution:
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History

Partner institutions:
Museum of Eastern Bosnia (Tuzla-BA), Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral (Rijeka-HR), Museum of Vojvodina (Novi Sad-RS), The National Museum of Contemporary History (Ljubljana-SI), Wien Museum (Vienna-AT), Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Tübingen-DE), Leipzig University (Leipzig-DE), Lazarski University (Warsaw-PL)

“Europe for Citizens” Programme (European Commission, EACEA Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency), Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria