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Crises as Opportunities: towards a Level Telling Field on Migration and a New Narrative of Successful Integration

Objective

The humanitarian tragedy of 2015-16 fuelled anti-European sentiment, allowing populists to successfully reframe the refugee crisis as a crisis of Europe itself. OPPORTUNITIES shows how we can move beyond this current impasse by creating a forward-looking and productive debate grounded in new principles for a fair dialogue on immigration and successful integration. These new principles form what we call a level telling field: Adopting the economic metaphor of the “level playing field” (i.e. “fair play” in the single market), we propose, apply, evaluate, and advocate “fair storytelling” in the migration debate. Based on the principle of multi-perspectivity, an ethics of listening, and a politics of recognition, this new debate strategically unites African countries of origin and transit with European countries of arrival and destination. Our collaboration establishes level telling fields on local levels, initiating encounters and conversations among migrants, citizens, and stakeholders. These “cross-talk” experiments, creating and re-enacting experiential narratives of migration and integration in local communities, build on, and are supported by, novel theoretical concepts as well as qualitative and quantitative research on national and transnational migration discourses in media. We seek in this way to demonstrate, in both theory and practice, how a reactive mode of crisis management can be transformed into a shared new narrative of integration, using the potential of stories to foster cross-cultural understanding. OPPORTUNITIES uses an innovative dissemination strategy which includes policy recommendations promoting level telling field rules and a touring stage production by a leading European theatre company to re-open a fair dialogue on migration. In the short term, this will allow for a new consensus to emerge in local conversations; in the long run, it will have a significant and lasting impact on how we envision opinion-making in the European public sphere.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2020
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

BEWEGING
Address
Haachtsesteenweg 579
1030 Brussel
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 719 685,25

Participants (12)

BERGISCHE UNIVERSITAET WUPPERTAL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 486 750
Address
Gauss-strasse 20
42119 Wuppertal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COORDINAMENTO NAZIONALE COMUNITA DI ACCOGLIENZA ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Via Santa Maria Maggiore 148
00184 Roma
Activity type
Other
GROUPE DE RECHERCHE ET DE REALISATIONS POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT RURAL
France
EU contribution
€ 219 341,25
Address
Rue Marceau 66/72
93100 Montreuil
Activity type
Other
INTERNATIONALES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE UND ETHISCHE FRAGEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 155 000
Address
Moenchsberg 2A
5020 Salzburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 521 687
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDATIA THE OPEN NETWORK FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Romania
EU contribution
€ 66 875
Address
Sat Grajduri Comuna Grajduri
707215 Iasi
Activity type
Other
REDE EUROPEIA ANTI POBREZA PORTUGAL ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 76 218,75
Address
Rua Costa Cabral 2368
4200 218 Porto
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 161 875
Address
.
N/A Legon Accra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE GASTON BERGER DE SAINT LOUIS
Senegal
EU contribution
€ 98 863,75
Address
Saint Louis
Saint Louis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 103 875
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 241 250
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KONINKLIJKE VLAAMSE SCHOUWBURG
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Arduinkaai 7
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Other