Recent events related to the wave of anti-racist demonstrations around the world have brought up the issue of racism and social inequality, which are prevalent in the lives of thousands of people.
The vandalising and destruction of statues linked to colonialism, segregationism and slavery; as well as the vandalising of centres for the reception of migrants, schools and memorials, has triggered the debate on the need to reflect on the relevance of memorials, symbols and constructed narratives.
Furthermore, we must not forget that, in recent years, we have seen an increase in securitarian narratives against migrants.
In the 2nd WorkLab of the TAS – Thesis Antithesis, Synthesis – Migration Labs project, which will take place on June 25th, between 5 pm and 6:30 pm (GMT+1), through the Zoom platform, we will analyse the current migration narratives and the “diasporic narratives”.
Tai Barroso, co-creator of Diasporic Narratives | Narrativas Diaspóricas and Alexa Santos, graduated in Social Work from the Catholic University of Lisbon and Master in Gender, Sexuality and Queer Theory from the University of Leeds, will promote the Worklab. The Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti will also be present, to share narratives about migrations in Italy.
This WorkLab addresses all young people between 18 and 30 years old, committed to promoting social justice and motivated to social, economic, political, and environmental transformation. It is also aimed at all young people who want to take an active role in promoting the values of European citizenship and improving the conditions for the exercise of civic and democratic participation at European Union level, reiterating the values of solidarity, intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, and fighting prejudices regarding migrants and minorities.
It will be the 2nd of five WorkLabs (debates and round tables), which will allow us to analyse narratives, misconceptions and stereotypes associated with migrants and refugees, xenophobic and discriminatory speeches, and anti-immigration propaganda. Two of the young people who participate in all WorkLabs will be selected for the final event, in Brussels. This selection will be made by a jury and based on the following criteria: understanding (clarity) of the theme, participation and relevance of the arguments, and ability to communicate and develop logical reasoning.
This Worklab will be conducted in Portuguese.