Research Methodology Issues in the Social Sciences Conference

The next Research Methodology Issues in the Social Sciences conference organized by the University of Crete’s Faculty of Sociology will be held in Rethymnon on 8-10 November 2019. Of particular interest to readers of this blog, one of the main themes of the conference is ‘commons policies: social and solidarity economy and communities of emancipation’. For more info (in greek), here’s the call.

Call: Digital/Communicative Socialism, Special Issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique

We just received this call for papers for a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique edited by Christian Fuchs:

“tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique is a Marxist journal of media and communication studies. Its special issue “Digital/Communicative Socialism” asks: What is digital/communicative socialism? The special issue will publish peer-reviewed contributions that explore perspectives on digital/communicative socialism in respect to theory, dialectics, history, internationalism, praxis, and class struggles”.

Presentations from the #otheranthropolitics workshop

In the context of documentation of the #otheranthropolitics workshop co-organized by Heteropolitics and the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly in Volos on April 15-16, we have collected some of the powerpoint presentations here:

  • Vassilis Chryssos (Sarantaporo.gr) – A community aspect of wireless networking technology: The case of Sarantaporo.gr [pptx]
  • Aikaterini Velessiotou (Women’s Centre of Karditsa) – Reforming the social organizations of the local authorities: implementing a pilot street work action for ROMA women by the Women’s Centre of Karditsa [pptx]
  • Alexandros Papageorgiou (University of Thessaly) – Knowledge brokers in cooperative networks: becoming actors in the production of hope [pdf]
  • Vassilis Bellis (Development Agency of Karditsa) – The collaborative “Ecosystem” of Karditsa [ppt]
  • Georgios Dafermos (AUTH) – Digital Commons and Peer Production: Exploring their transformative potential [pdf]

The Social Sciences Today: Dilemmas and perspectives beyond the crisis

Two members of our research team, Aimilia Voulvouli and Alexandros Kioupkiolis, will be giving a talk on ‘New ecosystems of cooperative politics: the case of Karditsa’ at the Social Sciences Today: Dilemmas and perspectives beyond the crisis conference organized by the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Aegean in Mytilene on June 6-9.  Here’s the full programme of the conference, which includes the abstracts of all talks and presentations.

Heraklion Integral Cooperative event on Blockchain in Heraklion

If you’re interested in exploring how blockchain can take on a subversive and anti-systemic character in favour of movements and groups that wish to act outside institutional frameworks, the Integral Cooperative of Heraklion (I.C.Her) is organizing an open event on blockchain on Friday, June 7, in Heraklion-Crete. (For more background info on the I.C.Her, see this short article by Heteropolitics researcher George Dafermos). The event, which will be hosted at Da, will look at blockchain’s radical features and discuss its potential effect on the mode of organization of society.

ABC of the Commons

One of the most useful online resources (in greek) we’ve recently come across is the abc of the commons. The website, which is largely based on the new book of our partner Vasilis Kostakis, Michel Bauwens and Alex Pazaitis, Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto,  focuses on the concept of the commons and commons-based peer production, explaining why they are relevant to a post-capitalist transition.

Audio from the #otheranthropolitics workshop

Here’s the audio recording from the first day (afternoon session) of the #otheranthropolitics workshop co-organized by Heteropolitics and the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly in Volos on April 15-16, 2019:

And here’s the audio from the second day of the workshop (afternoon session):

Heteropolitics at Social & Solidarity Conference in Larissa

Heteropolitics researchers Alexandros Kioupkiolis and Aimilia Voulvouli will be speaking at the Social & Solidarity Economy (SSE) Conference on the “Modern Telecom Infrastructures by Citizens for Citizens” organized by the Greek Open University and Sarantaporo.gr in Larissa on May 11, 2019. Here’s more information (in Greek) about the event: https://www.eap.gr/el/anakoinvseis-ekdilwseis/sunedria-ekdilwseis/ekdiilwseis-tou-eap-fwtografiko-arxeio/7490-imerida-k-al-o-tou-eap-sti-larisa-me-thema-sygxrones-tilepikoinoniakes-ypodomes-apo-polites-gia-polites