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    FL’ESCH Back: “Are We Home Yet?”

    Telling the Story of Esch through Different Migrant Experiences

    As part of the ‘Public History as the New Citizen of the Past’ project, FL’ESCH Back designs methods and activities aimed at engaging the inhabitants with the history of Esch sur Alzette. 


    Post-doctoral researcher Myriam Dalal

    Research assistant Tatiana Martins Da Costa

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    Duration of the project

    February 2024 – October 2025

    A city is shaped by its inhabitants, their lives are a collective tapestry that weaves together the history of the place. FL’ESCH Back is a collaborative project which delves into and showcases the vibrant history of Esch-surAlzette in collaboration with its inhabitants. For the past two years, the project’s researchers have engaged with the people of Esch, working on numerous endeavors, activities, and ideas to uncover the city’s rich and sometimes overlooked past (click to go to HistorEsch). 

    Moving into its second phase (2024 and 2025), the project aims to explore and highlight the city’s narrative of inclusivity and diversity, which has undoubtedly influenced both Esch and Luxembourg as a whole. FL’ESCH Back will therefore collaborate with various groups of immigrants who have moved to and lived in Esch-sur-Alzette, particularly focusing on presenting the perspectives of inhabitants of Portuguese descent, as well as those from recently arrived Syrian nationals who currently hold refugee status.

    Lovó: for the love of Portuguese speaking grandmas

    In Portuguese, avó stands for grandmother, and is usually shortened to ‘vó’.

    The project ‘lovó’ aims to use oral history and art, to put forward several voices of Portuguese speaking grandmothers who live in the city of Esch sur Alzette and have made this place their home.

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