The other’s other: migrations and identity in Europe

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At 18:30 CET on the 6th March 2017, CCCB will host a discussion with Xiaolu Guo on the meaning of the other in Europe today.

This event will take place in English, is free to attend and will form part of the Old Europe, New Utopias series of discussions, which you can find out more about below.

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About the discussion:

How does identity’s hall of mirrors work in a Europe that, once again, is building and fortifying walls? Who are our others today? Is it possible to find and articulate a common language? The Chinese-British writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo reflects on what it means to be “the other’s other”.

For a Chinese immigrant who has settled in Europe, Europe is the other. Yet, she too is the other for Europeans and for the West. Over the course of the last decade, Xiaolu Guo has lived in Germany, France, Switzerland and now Britain, working as a writer and filmmaker. Having moved around so much, Xiaolu says she feels she is European Chinese and remains so despite Brexit.

With the identity of an artist appearing to clash with that of an immigrant, Gou tries to find a common language to tell her stories to others, in Europe and in the world at large.


Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese writer, poet and filmmaker, resident in the UK.

Manel Ollé lectures on the history and culture of contemporary China at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University


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The Barcelona debate 2017 – Old Europe, New Utopias:

This series looks at the idea of Europe as a fading force and asks where the continent’s new utopias are to be found, promoting other narratives, remembering other histories and decentralising a territory which has become unrecognisable.

To find out more about this series and its constituent discussions, visit our event page by clicking here.


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