Beyond Dichotomies: Defining Europeanness in a ‘Limit-Experience’

A Novel Framework for a Positive Agenda Aimed at Promoting Citizens’ Identification with the European Union
By Federico Petris

This contribution explores how specific methods of artistic production are to be employed in a positive agenda aimed at promoting citizens’ identification with the European Union. The novelty brought by the elaborated framework is that it allows to design a strategy through which citizens are encouraged to question the naturalised understandings of ‘being European’, and to do so outside of their conscious efforts. I argue that the resulting process of meaning making, in virtue of not being influenced by predetermined idealistic constructions, allows us to think about Europe and a European identity without creating – and systematically excluding – a “non-European Other”.

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