Alexandros Kioupkiolis on Heteropolitics

The Heteropolitics research project (2017-2020), which has been funded by the European Research Council (ERC), explores alternative modes of political organization at local level in Greece, Italy and Spain.

The Heteropolitics project looks at local structures of community organization as cultural spaces self-managed by citizen groups in collaboration with the municipal government and political formats by which citizen collectives run for elections and claim the right to take a more active role in municipal administration with the intent of increasing the real participation of citizens in local government. In other words, the research is focused on alternative forms of political organization at local level based on the citizens’ own initiative and on the local government, which improve everyday life and the real quality of democracy.

As Alexandros Kioupkiolis mentions: “our aim is to collect, show and spread good practices of alternative political organizations, which emerge from the bottom up in the three countries we studied. Our goal is to promote a deepening of democracy with the aim of dealing creatively with the political and social crisis”.

Video documentation of the Heteropolitics workshop

For those who were unable to follow the live-stream of the workshop we organized last weekend at the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, here’s the video of the 1st day, which includes the presentations of the final findings by the heteropolitics research group, as well as the sound-recording of the plenary discussion that took place on the 2nd day of the workshop.

We are also going to add english subtitles to the videos in order to make them more accessible to non-Greek speaking audiences, so make sure to check back in a few days!

Heteropolitics workshop in Thessaloniki on October 17-18

For researchers and activists interested in exploring the transformative potential of the commons, the Heteropolitics research team is organizing a two-day workshop at the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on 17-18 October, which will be live-streamed via our periscope channel: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1ynJOqarjzyKR

Update: the stream will go live at 15.15 p.m. on Saturday

Sarantaporo.gr: A network by the citizens, for the citizens

On Saturday 3 October at 17.00, Aimilia Voulvouli will be presenting her work on Sarantaporo.gr at the tavern “Thronos” in Pithio, which is one of the villages that participate in the network. The presentation, which will be in greek, will be live-streamed on our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn48Vey0gZdmoKNXzHqcmBw

Το Σάββατο 3 Οκτωβρίου στις 5 το απόγευμα, θα πραγματοποιηθεί παρουσίαση της έρευνας της Αιμιλίας Βουλβούλη σχετικά με το Ασύρματο Κοινοτικό Δίκτυο Sarantaporo.gr στην ταβέρνα “Ο Θρόνος” στο Πύθιο Ελασσόνας, ένα από τα χωριά που συμμετέχουν στο δίκτυο. Θα παρέχεται η δυνατότητα livestreaming από το κανάλι των Ετεροπολιτικών στο youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn48Vey0gZdmoKNXzHqcmBw

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

Heteropolitics international workshop in Volos on April 15-16

Our #otheranthrpolitics international workshop in Volos looks like it’s going to be a blast! Here’s the programme of all the talks and round tables:

MONDAY 15 APRIL

Morning Session

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome coffee

11:00 – 11:10 Introductory comments: Aimilia Voulvouli & Alexandros Kioupkiolis

11:10 – 11:40 Ida Susser (CUNY): Commoning in Paris and Barcelona: the challenges of transformative politics

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Heteropolitics international workshop in Volos on April 15-16

‘Ηeteropolitics’ (ERC COG 2017 – 2020) is a research project on alternative forms of political self-organization at the grassroots and the local level, mainly. It discusses and partly compares processes of alternative politics around participatory democracy and the commons in Spain, Italy and Greece. The aim is to acquire, from different perspectives, a broad and nuanced understanding of messy, contradictory but also promising new modes of civic engagement, institutional participation and administration on the city level, examining the extent to which they can help catalyse wider processes of democratic transformation. The aims and the perspective of the research are not narrowly academic. Our intention is to gather and disseminate knowledge on democratic social transformation, civic politics and initiatives and the commons in the three countries, in the hope of boosting activities of socio-political and economic democratic change in the Mediterranean South and more broadly.

In this context, we are organising an international workshop of the project entitled #otheranthrpolitics to be held in Volos on 15th – 16th of April. The event is co-organized and hosted by the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly with the participation of researchers and volunteering and institutional activists.

Organising Committee: Aimilia Voulvouli, Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Penelope Papailias, Petros Petridis, Maria Deligannidou

If you are on Facebook, you can find more information about the workshop at https://www.facebook.com/events/282386455993154/