For this podcast series, we invite personalities from the arts and culture to reflect on the future of Europe and the role that the initiative for The European Pavilion can play in stimulating imaginaries beyond the national.
With this series, we wish to open up urgent questions that hover in any conversation about the future of Europe. Public space and ecology, post-national imaginaries and representation are some of the subjects that we discuss.
Conceived by Lore Gablier in collaboration with Alejandro Ramírez
Sound design: Alejandro Ramírez
Original music: Gagi Petrovic
Episode 1: Post-national imaginaries - at the airport
The nation-state is a very powerful narrative that has managed, in a very short time, to assert itself as the only imaginable model. And yet, it is a model that seems to be running out of steam, and may no longer be able to cope with the challenges facing our contemporary societies. How to transfer the sense of belonging that the nation-state instils to another scale, both local and global: one that reflects our situated experience and at the same time our global interconnectedness and interdependence?
For this two-part episode, we invited essayist and novelist Rana Dasgupta, activist and scholar Lara Garcia Diaz, and historian Timothy Snyder. In Part 1, we discuss what the model of the nation-state entails. Part 2 focuses on addressing issues of citizenship.
In the bonus track, the reading by Rana Dasgupta of his prologue to his book ‘Tokyo Cancelled’ is followed by a piece of music composed by Lara Garcia Diaz in collaboration with musicians Francesc Fornos and Jose Galbis.
Read the article Beyond the nation-state, towards a reformed EU? by VoxEurop on episode 1 of the pavilion podcast.
Episode 2: Presence and representation – in the park
The modern idea of the nation-state has involved the construction of a ‘united people’ defined more in terms of adherence to commonalities and norms than by recognition of its intrinsic diversity. How to bring about a sense of belonging that overcomes the deadlock posed by homogenization and mimicry? How to open up the notion of representation (including the model of representative democracy) in order to give more emphasis on lived experience.
For this two-part episode, we invited activists and organizers Zamzam Ibrahim and Joci Marton, as well as philosopher and novelist Tristan Garcia. In Part 1, we address the tension between being present and being represented. In Part 2, we look into strategies of emancipation. In this second, Hungarian poet Zsófi Kemény reads a selection of poems written as part of Joci Marton’s project ‘Owning the Game’, which deals with the representation of Roma LGBTQI communities.
Read the article Minorities, discrimination and self-representation in the EU: looking for a new paradigm by VoxEurop on episode 2 of the pavilion podcast.
Episode 3: Public space and Ecology – in the forest
How can we understand public space in relation to nature? How can we envisage a sustainable future for Europe, based on a cultural understanding of our place in the world and our responsibility as part of a global ecosystem?
In the third episode of the European Pavilion Podcast, we invite Australian scientist Tim Flannery to discuss what natural history can teach us about Europe, and what prospects it opens up, including from the perspective of politics
Read the article The European environment: how it was, how it is, and how it could be by VoxEurop on episode 3 of the pavilion podcast.
Episode 4: Building Europe – in the world of infrastructure
Addressing the issue of Europe’s image is not only about what is visible, but also about what escapes our gaze: the ideologies that underpin the European project; the fears, dreams and hopes that shape it; and the infrastructures that support our daily lives and which, paradoxically, often go unnoticed.
In this new episode of the European Pavilion Podcast, we discuss the elusive images of Europe and how they might challenge us to imagine our common future. And we ask ourselves: How do we understand the relationship between building a sense of belonging and building an image?
Episode 5: From coal and steel to a just transition
To mark the occasion of Europe Day 2021, the European Pavilion Podcast is broadcasting its final episode. Celebrated on 9 May, Europe Day marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which proposed that common trade in coal and steel would ensure lasting peace and unity in Europe. Today’s challenges show us that this ideal from seventy-one years ago no longer endures.
For this concluding episode, we have invited three guests from three generations of Europeans to look back at the European project and look ahead to the future.
What could be, in the years and decades to come, the cement that holds us together: the emotional and material bond – – or ‘cementiment’ – that would weave a sense of Europeanness?