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Our genealogical research of the silenced past is conjoined with a notion of conviviality. Paul Gilroy relates this concept of conviviality to the futurity of European cohabitation, and, in his book, After Empire (2004), he detects not only hostility directed at Black Communities and Communities of Colour, migrants, and strangers, but a coming war against multiculturality. In his deep diagnosis, Gilroy sees that white Britain is struggling with the legacy of various forms of migrations and the profound impact of the second immigrant generation of “native” citizens who have, in effect, unsettled the nation, but also initiated a very important multicultural process and developed a “convivial culture.” It is this conviviality that we propose as a fundamental quality of cohabitation for a new future.