‘Multilocal’ is our regular podcast on Groningen-based Zomaar Radio, in which we interview residents about their life being locals here in Groningen and elsewhere, on the basis of audio fragments, music, and themes.
The title Multilocal is inspired by the TED talk by writer Taiye Selasi: “Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask me where I’m a local”.
Selasi proposes three means to determine where you are local, the three R’s: Rituals (or routines), Relationships, and Restrictions. What rituals or routines do you participate in, where do they originate? Week-by-week, who are you checking in with, talking to, concerned with – where are your relationships based? And restrictions: where are you allowed to be at home, to participate fully, and on whose terms – here the state intervenes to shape our identity and sense of belonging.
In our podcast we discuss these elements with residents of Groningen, both Dutch and international.