This action, which is at its beginnings, aims at
offering to young European students a framework to relate to the
texts of European intellectuals permanently placed on the Bridge of
Europe (Pont de l'Europe).
These texts, to which young people are brought to
react, are approached as a symbolic place of the memory of the
borders and of otherness.
bridges of europe. places of memory and intercultural
The action "Writing the Frontiers" undertook by
the European Institute of Cultural Routes together with European
school establishments aims at prolonging the symbolic literary
enterprise represented by the "Bridge of Europe" towards other
places of European memory and at sensitising young Europeans to the
questions of restoring intercultural dialogue between populations
separated by borders in the recent history of Europe.
The Bridge of Europe linking
Strasbourg and Kehl.
The action will be based primarily on school
networks, already sensitised, thanks to tri-national meetings
organised by the Centre of European Culture in Saint-Jean
d'Angély (and other Centres), to questions concerning
European citizenship, the ethical sources of European construction
and of the meeting of cultures. Special attention will be paid to
the establishments located in transborder territories, to those
located in cities or areas crossed by rivers or large rivers that
separated different areas and cultures, even conditioned the
establishment of socially different districts, etc.
During the school year, it would be a question of
making a first experiment with six school establishments from all
over Europe in order to launch the enterprise, to test a
methodology and to install the tools for approach and
In parallel, the Institute will seek, together
with the establishments already concerned and with others to come,
to set up a school network that will prepare a two-year European
program whose principal financing could come from COMENIUS II. This
implies that the school establishments concerned make contact among
them and that teachers meet during a preparatory visit.
During the school year, the pupils will work on
the texts in co-ordination with the professors most concerned
(literature, languages, philosophy, history, visual arts,
music...). This phase should for allow a multidisciplinary
exploitation of these texts, including a literary and linguistic
point of view, as well as the point of view of European
citizenship, European history and memory. The work should be
translated in the form of written reactions and correspondence
directed to the authors charged by the Institute with the
responsibility to transmit this work. The Institute will be able to
place at the disposal of the establishments bibliographical
reference and press kits on the authors.
Always during the same school year, but with the
possibility of extension to the following school year, the pupils
will have to choose one of these texts (and of these authors) which
will best correspond to the historical, geographical and social
situation of their city. They will discuss initially by mail with
the author chosen, who will then be invited for two days to their
school and to the public library of their city.
For this occasion, they will prepare an exhibition
(in the form of panels), which will later be added to a road show
presenting the entire enterprise, also intended for the general
One of the numerous texts produced by the
The pupils will also seek in the geographical
proximity of their establishment a place of memory of Europe where
the text of their choice will be permanently placed. This work will
give the opportunity for comprehensive research on the concept of
place of memory, on the symbolism of European values, on the
concrete installation of an inscription (legal, procedural and
practical aspects, contacts with territorial communities...),
At the end of this two-years work, the partial
exhibitions will be joined in Luxembourg for an evaluation seminar
and will then be proposed for exhibition in the two capitals of
Europe: Brussels and Strasbourg, as well as in the various Centres
of European culture. A meeting between pupils in the form of an
itinerant voyage to several significant memorials of Europe will
also be prepared.
The anticipated results are a concrete sensitising
to the European values of interculturality, to tolerance and
cultural dialogue, of both the young and the adult public;
knowledge of the European intellectuals; a production of reflective
texts; concrete knowledge of the places of memory of Europe, all of
which falls under the action of European citizenship.
Some of the already written texts are in the