Watch it live:
Join us on 1 February at Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels, or online through the BRIDGES Youtube channel
The BRIDGES Final Conference will take place in Brussels on 1 February 2024. The whole-day event will be an opportunity to discuss the main findings of the project, to exchange with other research projects working on the same topic and to bridge the gap between research and policy-making by opening a discussion with members of the European Parliament. The event will be open to the public and will take place in person at Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels. The Conference will be also streamed live through the BRIDGES Youtube channel.
If you want to attend the Final Conference in person, please register before 30 January.
9h-13h — Discussing BRIDGES research results
After 3 years studying the production and impact of migration narratives, BRIDGES researchers will gather to discuss the main findings of the project, in conversation with Andrew Geddes, director of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute; Hélène Thiollet, CNRS Researcher at the Center for International Studies, Sciences Po; and Guido Tintori, Economic Affairs Officer at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The first session, starting at 9h, will be moderated by Berta Güell (CIDOB). The second session, starting at 11:15h, will be moderated by Jan-Paul Brekke (ISF).
– lunch break –
14h-14:45h — Connecting EU-funded research: a dialogue with sister projects
Over the past 3 years, BRIDGES has connected with many other initiatives and projects working in the same field. Roy Sommer, Coordinator of the project ‘OPPORTUNITIES for a fair narrative on migration‘, and Matteo Al Kalak, Coordinator of the project ‘ITHACA. Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency‘, will participate in this dialogue between sister projects, moderated by Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI).
15h-17h — Bridging research and policy-making: “Migration and the European elections: how to go beyond polarising campaigns?”
Migration is set to become a key campaign subject for the next election to the European Parliament in June 2024. In particular far-right parties are mobilising with anti-migration themes and a discourse dividing ‘them’ vs ‘us’. But how should other parties and societal actors respond to these polarising campaigns? Is an alternative and more positive narrative on migration possible? These and other questions will be discussed by researchers from the BRIDGES project and two Members of the European Parliament, Tineke Strik and Juan Fernando López Aguilar, in a conversation moderated by Florian Trauner (BIRMM-VUB) and organised by BIRMM-VUB and the Brussels School of Governance.
17:15h-18:15h — Creating alternative migration narratives
The BRIDGES project aimed to co-create new, more inclusive narratives on migration together with different artistic and media actors. Learn more about initiatives such as the ‘Out of Frame‘ photo exhibit and the BRIDGES Hip Hop Contest in this conversation with ZONA, porCausa and Contorno Urbano, moderated by Berta Güell (CIDOB).
18:30h — Opening of BRIDGES photo exhibition ‘Out of Frame’ at Géopolis, Brussels
After the Final Conference, join us at 18:30h at Géopolis for the opening of the BRIDGES photo exhibition ‘Out of Frame: Rethinking the visual narratives of migrations in Europe’. ‘Out of Frame’ is a photo exhibition curated by ZONA, as part of BRIDGES co-production efforts to reflect on and create new, more inclusive narratives on migration hand-in-hand with some of the key actors involved in narrative production, such as journalists, photographers, photo editors and visual artists. The exhibition includes works by Miia Autio, Felipe Romero Beltrán, Samuel Gratacap, Alessio Mamo, Alisa Martynova, Aubrey Wade, and the collaborative project ‘Now you see me Moria’.