Project Προφορικής Ιστορίας

το εγχείρημα Our Stories στοχεύει να μετατοπίσει την αφήγηση και να συμβάλει στην τεκμηρίωση της ιστορίας της μετανάστευσης προς την Ελλάδα, φέρνοντας τις αφηγήσεις των ίδιων των μεταναστ(ρι)ών στο επίκεντρο. Με εργαλείο την προφορική ιστορία και τη χαρτογράφηση της πόλης μέσω αυτής, το project φιλοδοξεί να αναδείξει τις μεταναστευτικές κοινότητες ως κομμάτι της ιστορίας της Αθήνας. Παράλληλα, προσδοκούμε το Our Stories να δράσει ως ευκαιρία για την έναρξη μιας πιο ευαισθητοποιημένης δημόσιας συζήτησης, και ως έναυσμα για μια ευρύτερη και πιο συστηματική τεκμηρίωση της μεταναστευτικής ιστορίας στην Ελλάδα.
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About the Project

Our Stories

“Our Stories” is an oral history project focused on migration to Greece during the 1970s and 1980s. Through oral testimonies and photographic material, the aim is to raise awareness about the longstanding presence of migrant communities in the country, especially in Athens.

Migrant communities have been established in Greece since 1970. However, in public discourse, migration is commonly treated as a recent phenomenon. While more than 500000 migrants reside in the country, to this day, knowledge about their experiences, their journey, and the extent of their contribution to Greek society and economy, remains limited. This realization served as the motivation behind the inspiration and creation of the “Our Stories” project.

In this regard, “Our Stories” seeks to shift the narrative and contribute to documenting the history of migration to Greece, by placing the narratives of the migrants themselves on center stage. Using oral storytelling and city mapping as tools, the project aspires to highlight migrant communities as integral parts of Athens’ history. Meanwhile, we hope “Our Stories” will act as an opportunity to initiate a more sensitive public discussion and prompt a broader and more systematic documentation of migration history in Greece.

The interviews took place in the homes and communities of the participants or in spaces where they felt comfortable sharing their stories. The testimonies you will hear have been processed to protect the anonymity of third parties. To facilitate navigation for visitors, the interviews are divided into three thematic parts – where the content allowed for such separation, with a transcript memo for those who wish or need to browse the stories through reading.

Our Stories is an independent project by Sebene Eshete, implemented with the support of the Landecker Democracy Fellowship by the Humanity In Action Foundation. The discovery of people and stories was made with the contribution of the Greek Forum of Migrants.

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Σχεδιασμός / Υλοποίηση

Sebene Eshete

Sebene Eshete is a Landecker Democracy Fellow. She holds an MA in Public Policy (Development direction) from the Central European University, an M.Sc. in Environment and Development from the National Technical University of Athens, and a Bachelor’s degree in International and European Studies from the University of Piraeus. She is a political scientist focused on matters of immigration, citizenship, and social rights.


Rosa Vassilatou

Rosa Vassilatou studied Communication and Media Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and graduated with honors from the Masters in Gender Studies from Sussex University. She has 12 years of experience in Communication and Culture, having worked with Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity, Solomon and the Athens Biennale. She works as a communications officer for Women on Top.