As the map of Europe keeps changing its patterns from light yellow and dark orange areas, our exchanges about Narratives for the European City are inevitably changing as well.
The current crisis had an impact on many of the European urban places we study, as well as on those we inhabit. As we have seen in the entries on the website by some of the members of our network, the current limitations also challenge us to revalue our relationship with our immediate urban environment and new written and visual narratives have already emerged. Hopefully, we will soon be able to meet each other again and continue our collaboration, in different locations, also to observe and debate the forms and aspects of this impact.
The first year of the Writing Urban Places: New Narratives of the European City Cost Action started in Spring 2019, and was dedicated to the implementation of the network tools, namely the definition of the Working Groups and its leaderships, planning activities and strategies, and building a network that now spreads across more than 35 countries, via its 150 participants from diverse backgrounds, scholarships, experiences, genders and generations. Unfortunately, as we are writing this editorial and preparing to launch this first Newsletter of our COST Action Writing Urban Places, the coronavirus pandemic outbreak forced us all to cancel, revise and postpone our immediate plans. It seems like we’re suddenly living inside the pages of dystopic narrative, while wishing that, in spite of its profound cultural and economic impact, it will also provide a page for a new beginnings and stories.