We want to challenge the negative stereotyping flourishing between some European countries, by telling the stories of mixed European couples, which have been formed across those countries. We want to offer a different entry point to some conflicts; based less on ’facts’ and more on lived experiences
We want to contribute to greater tolerance between Europeans, by highlighting some of the everyday lived experiences. We hope that by giving a voice to personal stories, we can provide a different entry point for reflecting upon some conflicts and the way we perceive each other. We want to encourage Europeans to look through many of the negative popular stereotypes and understand the real stories of people.
Through the dissemination of the stories, we additionally hope to create an interest for others to share similar stories via the online platform. In this way, we hope to inspire more people to engage in how intra-European conflicts are perceived and experienced.
We would also like to aim for the stories to be used by actors such as educational and cultural institutions.
Our motivation is our personal and professional experiences with the negative stereotyping between European populations; it is damaging and can be dangerous if popular negative narratives become stronger than the much more nuanced lived experiences.
Our aim is to open up a dialogue, which can contribute to: i) reflecting on and understanding effects and consequences of negative stereotyping, ii) an awareness of alternative ways of relating to, and understanding, each other.
Through the dissemination of the stories, we additionally hope to create an interest for others to share similar stories via the online platform, which will be created. In this way, we hope to inspire more people to engage in how intra-European conflicts are perceived and experienced.
1) We complete the project team and together we finalise the planning for the talks.
2) We identify mixed couples via own networks and social media.
3) We form teams, which will travel to the selected couples and facilitate/record the talks.
4) We communicate each story via a podcast accompanied by photo portraits and short video.
5) Outcomes are shared with the couples for input and approval.
6) We set up a website for the project while developing a dissemination strategy.
7) We upload the stories.
Further activity – optional:
8) We develop the website further to entail an online platform, where people across Europe have the opportunity to tell their cross border love story by creating their own radio podcast, with guidance and technical support from our team.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We would appreciate advice on dissemination of the radio podcasts as well as experiences from establishing and maintaining an interactive online platform.