B: Movements



Narratives of Europe

How is Europe narrated from its Eastern half?

Subproject B. Uprisings in Europe: European Narratives of Crisis-Related Protest Movements

Focusing on civic contexts, the subproject by Anne Kaun explores contemporary protest movements and their narratives of Europe that appeared in the aftermath of the financial crisis across Europe more specifically in Sweden and Latvia.


During the last years several new forms of subterranean politics (Kaldor et al. 2012) have appeared worldwide in reaction to the current crisis and the consequent austerity measures. The Occupy movement, for example, firstly emerged in New York City and quickly spread all over the world. This subproject examines protest movement narratives appearing in the context of three crises: the Great Depression in 1929, the energy crisis in 1972/3 and the financial crisis in 2007/8. Ultimately the project brings crisis and critique together using media practices as an empirical starting point to study narratives of Europe applying a historical perspective.


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Project book

out now!


Europe Faces Europe: Narratives from Its Eastern Half (ed. by project leader Johan Fornäs) was published by Intellect Press in spring 2017.


For more information,

please contact

Johan Fornäs

johan.fornäs (at) sh.se

Narratives of Europe:

research project hosted by Södertörn University and funded by Östersjöstiftelsen