From the 7th to the 9th of June, Arty Farty's team organized a series of talks, conferences and workshops centered around the subject of shifting narratives on the European level. In the 3 days of European Lab, over 80 guest speakers exchanged and debated over themes like inclusivity, sustainability, gender and racial representativity, afropeanity and more.

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Moderation : David Djaïz

Speakers : Chloé Ridel, Primavera De Filippi, Shahin Vallée

Photo Credit : Brice Robert

Carte Blanche to David Djaïz. Alternative Narratives For France And Europe.

The title of a recent article in a French news magazine read David Djaïz, the intellectual who wants to change 21st century Europe”. This brilliant young civil servant is inviting us to “control the unbridled globalisation” that is polluting democracy and social justice, and to “take destiny back into our owns hands” by placing the democratic nation back at the heart of the progressive agenda and by arguing in favour of “republican environmentalism”.

In his latest essay ‘Slow Democracy’ (published by Allary), David Djaïz writes that Europe must “stop being a market and become a public power” that complements the vitality of its nations, and proposes that the environmental transition must be written “into a powerful collective narrative”. European Lab will give him free rein to lead a series of conversations that could inspire new narratives with a positive and galvanizing impact.

Although we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of the post-crisis period already looms large. A veritable battle of narratives is likely to break out in the coming months, and will be fought for many years to come. The national-populist far right has a head start: already making electoral gains all over Europe, these groups are winning the cultural battle by surfing waves created by the fears and anxieties – sometimes well founded – of millions of Europeans in the face of phenomena that they no longer understand.

There is a worrying shortage of convincing narratives to oppose national-populism. Although the environment seems crucial to us reclaiming our sense of shared destiny, we have struggled to package the issue within an inclusive and positive narrative, and thereby translate it into policies that go beyond the “electoral citadels” of green politics. Faced with the national-populist narrative, which issues should form the foundations of a new positive narrative for France and Europe in the post-Covid world?

We also took this opportunity to record interviews with Sarah Gamrani, creator of poetry book “Au-Delà du Club” (Beyond Club) – read more here – , and Steven Van Lummel, founder of The Hague’s PIP – read more here.

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