First international Heteropolitics workshop in Torino on the commons and alternative politics in Italy, 10-12 July 2018

In 10-12 July 2018, the first scheduled workshop of Heteropolitics took place
at the University of Torino, consisting of the main research team of the project
(A. Vesco, M. Zechner, A.Voulvouli, A. Kioupkiolis) and six participants, who
are researchers, academics and activists.

The workshop discussed mainly contemporary social movements and civic politics in Italy,
as well as the relationship between law, politics and the promotion of the commons
in the Italian context.Heteropolitics_Seminar program_Turin_July 2018

Kick-off Meeting @ Thessaloniki, 7-8 May 2017

DAY 1 , 7 MAY 2017

1st session: 3.00pm-4.30 pm

Introduction to the key ideas, objectives and methods of the Heteropolitics project
by Alexandros Kioupkiolis
Presentation followed by discussion

2nd session: 5.00pm-6.00pm
Presentation of background and relevant research interests, presentation of work related to the project and outline of specific contribution(s) to the fieldwork and the deliverables (wireless communities, networks etc.)
by Panayotis Antoniadis

Presentation 20-25mins to be followed by discussion

3d session: 6.15pm-7.15pm
Presentation of background and relevant research interests, presentation of work related to the project and outline of specific contribution(s) to the fieldwork and the deliverables (the commons and heteropolitics in alternative education)
by Yiannis Pechtelidis

Presentation 20-25mins, followed by discussion

DAY 2,  8 MAY 2017

1st session: 11.00am-12.30am
Practical, technical and administrative aspects of the project
by Alexandros Kioupkiolis and Foteini Psarra

Presentation to be followed by discussion

2nd session: 1.00pm-2.00pm
Presentation of background and relevant research interests, presentation of work related to the project and outline of specific contribution(s) to the fieldwork and the deliverables (community currencies and Sardex)
by Paolo  Dini

Presentation 20-25mins to be followed by discussion

3d session: 2.15pm-3.00pm
Presentation of background and relevant research interests, presentation of work related to the project, ideas and suggestions for case studies or other research activities of the project
by Aimilia Voulvouli and Natalia Avlona

Presentations 15-20 mins each , followed by discussion

4th session: 3.30pm-4.30pm
For Y. Pechtelidis, P. Antoniadis, A. Voulvouli and N. Avlona: open discussion and planning of the case studies in Greece

 

Two funded PhD positions – University of Twente

The Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS), Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences at the University of Twente is hiring two PhDs in Science and Technology Studies (STS) to join the ERC-funded project ‘Processing Citizenship: Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe’ (ProcessCitizenship), with Dr. Annalisa Pelizza as Principal Investigator. The positions are fully-funded, full-time, and require commitment to the project’s goals.

Project and work description
‘Processing Citizenship’ investigates the information infrastructure for migrant registration at and across European borders, focusing on how citizenship, modernist institutions and territory are co-produced.

The project combines border studies and surveillance studies in IT and migration with a materialist performative approach derived from science and technology studies and media geography. It aims to develop a history of the present that accounts for contemporary materially-embedded practices of registration of migrants at Hotspots as activities of governance transformation. Data will be collected and analysed via qualitative and computational techniques.

We offer an interdisciplinary, interactive and international research environment in a leading Science and Technology Studies (STS) department. The PhDs will work as part of a trans-disciplinary team of seven, working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and three post-docs.

Activities
The PhDs will conduct technology-focused qualitative analysis, as well as analyses using computational methods.

Fieldwork research will be conducted mainly at Hotspots for migrant registration in Greece and Italy, but other European locations might be added. It will consist of non-participant observation of identification and registration practices, focusing on the techno-social settings. Interviews with migration officers will also be conducted. Computational analyses will be conducted through existing and ad hoc developed techniques.

PhDs will receive initial training in STS and information systems, ethnographic methods and interviewing methodologies, plus training in the computational methods developed by the project team. Already possessing some of these skills is a plus.

As part of the team, the PhDs will conduct communication and organizational activities related to the project, and participate in publications and conferences. As doctoral researchers, they will submit a final PhD dissertation, on a topic drawn from their involvement in the project.
Your profile

The ideal candidates have a master (or equivalent) degree in:

profile 1: computer science or communication, including knowledge of the socio-political implications of technologies;
profile 2: anthropology, qualitative sociology, human geography or political sciences, including knowledge of the socio-political implications of technologies.

More details about the requested profile are available at https://www.utwente.nl/organisatie/werken-bij-de-ut/vacatures/!/vacature/1020480

Application procedure
Applications should be submitted via https://www.utwente.nl/organisatie/werken-bij-de-ut/vacatures/!/vacature/1020480  before May 7, 2017  h. 23:59 (CET).
Our offer
We offer a full-time contract spanning a period of 4 years. The appointees are expected to take office on September 1st, 2017. The monthly salary starts at € 2.191 gross per month in the first year, leading up to € 2.801 gross per month in the last year.