For young people across Europe the ERASMUS+ Programme is the chance to experience other Europeans countries first hand. Camilla, a law student from Italy, thinks this is one of the EU’s greatest achievements. Back from two years studying in Germany, she reflects on the opportunities and challenges of her stay in Germany, about her discovery of another culture, about #livingMünster.
The EU Commission is planning to treat young Europeans to free Interrail tickets to promote first-hand experiences of different countries in Europe. Gregor, a student of political science and history from Germany, did not wait for this new programme to start. He just returned from a six-month study trip in Florence and reflects on some of his experiences with Italian habits, cultures, cuisines and specific perceptions of the world. #livingEurope! #livingFlorence!
All good things have to come to an end, and so does Anna’s trip. Only Seville is between her and her journey back: “I’ll arrive in Barcelona in the middle of the night. My plane to Helsinki leaves in the morning. These weeks have been a great experience but I do look forward to getting home tomorrow.”
From the moment we conceptualized the Alumni Seminar in Ronda we were planning on having Animates explaining complex topics as a final result, similar to those, produced by the Royal Society of Art (London). The idea was to make a synthesis of all relevant information the participants gained during the seminar. It was an experiment, since we had never done anything like that. And even though the technical things are really important (drawing, recording images and audio, cutting) the other dimension is much more complex: Finding the topic you want to explain, developing a concept, gathering all information necessary, thinking of images to support the information, writing a text that is both, focussed but not too simplifying, matching it with the images to develop a storyboard… After a...[Read More]
During the seminar in Ronda we had for the first time a participant, Ida from Denmark, who reported to you from behind the scene and I think that she managed to give you a good impression about what happens beside the work (during the sessions she was too occupied with work that she couldn’t cover them) and I’m extremely thankful for the big amount of extra work she put into that and I like watching them. Here is her post from the last day (The ‘Making Off’). To see all her other post, please look here.
It was the first cloudy morning since we started our seminar. After breakfast we went to Ronda by bus. We arrived to the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda and heard a lecture about Orientalism by professor Waleed Saleh from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.We were excited about meeting him because of his interesting life story. He opposed the regime of Sadam Husein, and had to leave Iraq. He first went to Morocco and he now lives in Spain. This is the definition he explained to us: Orientalism is a reflection of the image of the Islamic world, forged by the Western world through research. A lot of images of the “Orient” originated from Description de l’Egypte, published in 1820. When Napoleón Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798 he brought an entourage of more than 160 scholars and...[Read More]
After taking a stand (physically) on issues connected to stereotypes and the image of the other during the I agree / I disagree discussion the afternoon of this Thursday was dedicated to get closer to the final result of the seminar: An animation in the style of the RSA Animates. Finding the topic to explain, developing the concept and a storyline consisting of images and text is hard work and we wanted to get as many ideas and images as possible. So after a brief theatre exercise, where the participants had to replay famous movies in 5 scenes, six groups started to develop their storyboards. The idea of the team was to chose the best two out of the six that were presented and to start the production. (Un-)fortunately all six of them were really good, so the jury took longer to come up wit...[Read More]
On day 3 we crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and went to Ceuta, a piece of Europe in Africa and a laboratory where the different others not only coexist but also try to convivir. It is worth mentioning that we had as well the opportunity to relax and swim in the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. It was 5am when we left from La Algaba to Algeciras, where we took the ferry to Ceuta at 8am. Once in Ceuta we attended to three illuminating talks about the reality of such a particular city: José Luis Barceló, the Official Archivist of Ceuta, who explained us the evolution of the town and introduced us the differences between coexistencia and convivencia: coexisting and… coexisting. This led us to many interesting discussions since there is no English word for co-living. Gabriel Fernández Ahuma...[Read More]
All started with Tina ordering the hopelessly late and lazy Eustorians to the bus for a short ride to Ronda. The first part of the day passed in the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda, our generous supporter and loyal partner at the current seminar. We watched a short introductory clip about the actions and activities held at the previous location and went straight over to a compelling discussion over the most wide-spread stereotype about Spain: bulls. Ignacio Herrera de la Muela, the director general of the organization, led the discussion and gave us his perspective of the “other”. It started off with the controversy of still continuing the tradition of bullfighting but soon grew into a discussion on the UN Declaration on human rights, up to the question whether the UN headquarters s...[Read More]
Before we started with the actual seminar, we had a Spanish breakfast and discovered some unknown jam – eggplant and tomato marmalade. Some of us thought it was strange to make marmalade of these, other who were braver even tried it. The surprising moment was when they actually tasted good. Strange but good. After breakfast we assembled for an introduction – we were introduced and the preliminaries of the schedule were set. Afterwards we had to pretend that the week was already over. We told everyone what we learnt during this week and how we liked it. Immediately after the introduction we started to work on our first project. The task was to find words that we link with stereotypes from A – Z. It was a nice way to start the seminar. After coming up with our solutions in a group we present...[Read More]
After 3 years of reporting about our activities on our blog, we decided this year to add a new format. We started with video statements of our participants during the EUSTORY seminar in Helsinki and take it now to another level here in Ronda: Ida, our participant from Denmark will report about the seminar in a v(ideo)log, starting with day zero, the arrival day. Idas V-log shows the seminar beside the working part from her personal perspective.