Scientific Symposium on Civil Society and Social & Solidarity Economy

Heteropolitics researchers Alexandros Kioupkiolis and Aimilia Voulvouli will be giving a talk tomorrow morning on ‘the new ecosystems of collaborative politics’ at the Scientific Symposium on Civil Society and Social & Solidarity Economy in Athens. And on Thursday, our collaborator Yannis Pechtelidis will be giving a presentation with Stelios Pantazidis on the ‘Educational Commons and Institutional reconfiguration’.

For more information (in Greek) about the symposium: https://www.eps.auth.gr/sites/default/files/Synedrio%20A%CE%A0%CE%98-%CE%95%CE%9A%CE%9A%CE%95.pdf

Ethnographies of Collaborative Economi(es): Call for Papers

Ethnographies of Collaborative Economi(es) Conference

The conference will feature parallel paper presentations, keynote talks and open discussion sessions. Participation in the conference will be free of charge (but places will be limited).

Submissions Themes

We are soliciting papers contributing ethnographic accounts and understandings of collaborative economy practices and communities, and therefore contributing to the development of a multi-faceted view on sharing and caring practices. We are also keen on receiving papers focusing on the methodological aspects of studying collaborative economi(es) e.g. collaborative ethnography, participatory action research, co-design etc.

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Research Assistant/Associate in Commons Technologies at Newcastle University

Newcastle University and Open Lab are looking for a Research Assistant/Associate in the context of a H2020 project on Generative European Commons Living Lab,  focusing on community technologies, digital and urban commons, social innovation, and issues of social justice in technology design and implementation.

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Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy

The second international conference “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons” will be a meeting point for researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs involved in social and solidarity economy, governance of the commons and new social movements in different parts of the world.

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Call for Papers: Infrastructuring the Commons Today, when STS meet ICT

Journal of Peer Production
Call for Papers: Infrastructuring the Commons Today, when STS meet ICT

Peer production and collaborative forms of technological design – such as those based on commons-oriented approaches – have at their core a critical stance towards the technoscientific landscape, an approach shared with Science and Technology Studies (STS) as a theoretical archipelago that has produced a significant wealth of knowledge that points out the social constructive and performative character of technoscience.

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Interviews of activists from Sarantaporo.gr

From October 2017 to June 2018, in the framework of the Heteropolitics ERC COG (2017-2020) Research Project, we conducted ethnographic research in Elassona, where over the past nine years eleven villages have built, run and maintain a Wireless Community Network (WCN), sarantaporo.gr. The aim of our research is to contribute to the debate on Commons through feedback from the field where such ventures take place. More specifically, the aim of Heteropolitics is to highlight alternative, self-organised communities of Commons. In the case-study of sarantaporo.gr, we have focused on the community created around a Digital Commons and the perceptions emerging from participation in the WCN concerning the infrastructure, which is provided by all participants to all the inhabitants of the villages that belong on the network, either they are participants or not. The following narratives (in Greek) from interviews we held answer questions such as:

  • How do the Commons emerge as everyday politics?
  • How do the Commons differ from bureaucratic state policies?
  • How do the subjectivities of participants emerge and get transformed in the contexts of such endeavours?
  • How do participants understand their role in the endeavour and in the wider society they belong to?

You can read the full interviews (in Greek) here.

Call for a PhD student at University of Amsterdam

Research at the Faculty of Humanities is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, one of six research schools of the Faculty of Humanities, has a vacant PhD position as part of the Cross-lingual Event-centric Open Analytics Research Academy (CLEOPATRA ITN), led by Prof. dr. Richard Rogers.

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