European Archive of Voices
While the European idea is under attack from different sides, fewer and fewer eyewitnesses are there to remember and revive the original story of Europe after centuries of war. The European Archive of Voices aims to collect personal and public memories of intellectuals from all over Europe who were born in the first half of the 20th century. A team of 45 young international interviewers will talk to their older compatriots in their mother tongue about the past and the future of the continent, about their experiences, fears and hopes. The European Archive of Voices growing out of these conversations will be open to the public – through an interactive website as well as a touring exhibition and publications.
Europe in this case includes not only the member states of the European Union but also countries that belong to Europe geographically and historically. Our young interviewers currently stem from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldavia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine. The group of interviewers and all European countries will be represented in the “archive”.
The idea of the European Archive of Voices was born within the association “Working on Europe” (“Arbeit an Europa e.V.”), a collective of young German writers, journalist and scientists. On January 25th and 26th the team of so far 45 European interviewers came together for a kick-off meeting in Hamburg to discuss and prepare.
If you are interested in the project please don’t hesitate to contact our coordinator Max Stange
The European Archive of Voice is a project realised by voluntary members of the association „Arbeit an Europa e.V.“ – Working on Europe.
photos ©Karl van Worm