Meeting the Other: Borders, Identity and Cultures


Meeting the Other: Borders, Identity and CulturesCultural expressions are fundamental to fight prejudices. And today, migrant population in Europe are too often perceived through the glass of social conflict, terrorism, fundamentalist backwardness or criminality. Tired of these growing preconception, Babelmed , has conceived a European editorial project to put the emphasis on the cultural expressions coming from Migrations .

The project is developed in the framework of the "European Year for Intercultural Dialogue". This multidisciplinary project covers several areas including journalism , research and cultural productions .

Through articles posted online on several existing websites ( Babelmed, IEMed, IRFAM, Paralleli, ), the project seeks to give greater visibility to the cultural expressions and artistic productions from immigrant communities. A decentralised committee of young, European and local journalists was created to write articles and cover a wide range of issues on intercultural dialogue.

"Meeting the Other" starts with an intellectual questioning of term of  “Interculturality” and “Dialogue” by the two European magazines, La Pensée de Midi from Marseilles and Lettera Internazionale from Rome. They will both publish special issues on the theme.

The IRFAM in Belgium coordinates a collective research book on intercultural dialogue to fight intercommunity antagonisms.

The creative component of the project will take place from the 1st to the 10th of August through a creative forum for young European artists of the performing arts and organised by Astragali Teatro . It will include the production of a performance.

Finally, a series of documentaries on “Memory, migration and intercultural dialogue” selected by CMCA is accompanying all the main co-ordination event.

From the kick off Meeting in Turin the that took place on the 27th and 28th of April and was organised by the Istituto Paralleli and the Barcelona conference that will take place in October.

The project also includes the creation of a virtual festival on intercultural dialogue. This Internet-based festival will be a virtual showcase to give added visibility to young artists and journalists.



Associazione culturale Babelmed
Via di Sant'Agnese 12
00198 Rome
Tel: +39/06 8632 8178
Contact person: Galesne Nathalie,


Project partners:

Astragali Teatro (EUFONIA società cooperativa)
Via Giuseppe Candido 23
73100 Lecce
Tel: +39/08 3230 6194
Contact person: Fabio Roberto Tolledi

Centre Méditerranéen de la Communication Audiovisuelle – CMCA
96 La Canebière
13001 Marseille
Tel: +33/4 91 42 03 02
Contact person: Viglione Martine

Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània – IEMed
c/. Girona 20
08010 Barcelona
Tel: +34/93 244 98 50
Contact person: Aubarell Solduga Gemma

Paralleli – Istituto Euromediterraneo del Nord Ovest
Via Conte Verde 9
10122 Torino
Tel: +39/01 1522 9825
Contact person: Marco Alfieri

Institut de Recherche, Formation et d'Actions sur les Migrations – IRFAM
17 rue Agimont
4000 Liège
Tel: +32/42 21 49 89
Contact person: Manço Altay

La pensée de midi – association des sud
142 La Canebière
13001 Marseille
Tel: +33/4 56 12 43 19
Contact person: Cestor Elisabeth

Lettera Internazionale
Via Luciano Manara 51
00153 Rome
Tel: +39/06 8535 0230
Contact person: Bruno Biancamaria
Kurt-Schumacher Strasse 113
5113 Bonn
Tel: +49/ 228 4292 645
Contact person: Gropp Lewis




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