Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

E&M welcomes a new cartoonist

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Photo courtesy of Alice Baruffato 

Lichtgrenze over Berlin - Alice Baruffato, December 2014

As a part of E&M's commitment to multimedia content, our magazine is glad to announce that the Italian illustrator Alice Baruffato will be sharing with us cartoons drawn exclusively for E&M. She works as an archaeological illustrator but she will be also be contributing specifically to E&M, so stay tuned and enjoy some of the most significant European issues being turned into thought-provoking drawings on a monthly basis. To find out more, E&M's Veronica Pozzi has interviewed her about her work as an archaeological illustrator and her life-experiences in Europe.



Alice Baruffato. If you feel you are already familiar with the name that's because she is not new to E&M. Last November, together with two friends, she wrote this article on her experience as a volunteer at the Berlin Wall. But the months she spent in Germany's capital are not the only European project in which she has participated. In this interview she shares those experiences as well as her personal views on Archaeology in Europe and the related job market.


E&M: Where does your passion for drawing come from? And how have you nourished it throughout the years?


Alice: My parents had a stationery shop. I remember I started drawing when I was a kid: I've always had this passion and, thanks to my parents' shop, I had access to good quality pencils and everything I needed. I took only one drawing course in my life, it was about cartoons but very short. For the rest, I just kept on drawing following my passion and as a self-learner.

Published in Beyond Europe
Photo: Hadar Naim; Licence: CC-BY 2.0. 
Visitors can find such engravings in many areas of Berlin: they mark where
the Wall used to be.


With the gaze of all European media outlets focusing on the Berlin Wall and its historical importance, E&M wants to talk about the 25th anniversary of its fall from a personal perspective. This year, as an exclusive for our magazine, we are pleased to host the experiences of three young Italian women who spent two months in Berlin on a volunteering project at the Berlin Wall MemorialAlice BaruffatoEugenia Pennacchio and Veronica Pozzi, one of our Sixth Sense editors, share with us their feelings and their thoughts, developed over the course of their work at such an important place for the Europe in which we live.


Eugenia Pennacchio foto


Eugenia – The choice of building an historical memory by giving prominence to real life people


Behind the great history of nations and heads of state, there are the little, local stories and, behind these stories, there are real people, their lives, their emotions, their everyday experiences. As an historian I often forget that. I have been studying and analysing epochal events: wars, peace, their causes, the big protagonists of contemporary history and their actions, which seem to be solely responsible for the geopolitical context of the world where we live.


My decision to join a volunteering project at the Chapel of Reconciliation in Berlin, after having done academic research on the pacifist movements of East Berlin, was a good opportunity to re-live and to explain to visitors some of the pivotal events in the history of Germany and of the whole world. But I didn't imagine this two-month project would give me an approach to history and memory that was slightly different from the one I knew and had taken for granted before.

Published in Beyond Europe

Ready for some Good Reads from Europe and beyond? This time Veronica Pozzi, one of our Sixth Sense editors, takes up the challenge and shares with you some multimedia content. Follow this intriguing mixture of media, from an article about the way we structure European cities to a podcast on the Berlin Wall.


Veronica, Sixth Sense


Modern Ghettos in Civilized Europe


Strolling around in Berlin's Museum of European Cultures, I once saw pictures of doorbells being used to show the social changes different cities have undergone. I was rather interested by the idea of demonstrating how waves of immigration have changed European cities through the years, so that doorbells have slowly started to feature not only local surnames, but also last names typical to other countries as well. 

Since then, whenever I visit a city I cannot resist the temptation to have a look at some doorbells here and there, daydreaming about what brought immigrants there and whether they feel integrated in the city's society. It's an easy way to grasp how a city has organised itself, how it copes with its past and current social issues and what kind of social mix characterises the quarter you are in at the moment. It is no surprise that if you are in the outskirts or deprived areas, you will most likely stumble across many doorbells of immigrants, let alone prisons or mental hospitals, as society tries to hide or not to think about these realities. 

On this topic, I was intrigued by the views that the Italian architect Guido Morpurgo shared on Eutopia magazine. His article poses the question of social identity in European cities and does not forget how European society is still far from having an integrative – and integrated – society. As Morpurgo argues, Europe has a long-standing tradition of ghettos, mostly associated with Jewish communities and the Third Reich. 

Published in Good Reads
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