Our Many Europes

From September 17th to 19th, 2018, the launch for the new L’Internationale project ‘Our Many Europes’ took place at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. This was an opportunity to celebrate the work done on the previous L’Internationale project ‘The Uses of Art: The Legacy of 1848 and 1989’ whilst, at the same time, to look forward to the next step of this incredible confederation. As the ‘Our Many Europes’ project is funded by the EU, it is with real sadness that LJMU, like The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, can no longer be direct European Partners in this project. However, The Whitworth and Manchester Gallery, under the Directorship of Alistair Hudson, will become Associate Members of the L’Internationale. Via collaborations and projects that I will participate in with The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, I hope to also contribute in some way to ongoing L’Internationale research. After five years of working with the L’Internationale consortium, I genuinely regard my colleagues within that network as a family. Working on the ‘Constituencies Project’ as manager and coordinator of that Research Strand, and having the opportunity to take the role, on behalf of LJMU, as Lead Editor in the production of ‘The Constituent Museum’ book, I can honestly say it has been a privilege which has fundamentally changed how I think, do and act. Suffice it to say that I see Brexit as little more than a short-sighted catastrophe based on nostalgic fictions of sovereignty and dangerous delusions of nationalist grandeur – both brought on by a lingering inability to deal with postcolonial loss. As individuals, families, communities, and countries we are stronger together, as constituents, in the struggle against conditions of neoliberal occupation.

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