One of the results of the Infra-demos’ collaboration with the Solidarity Schools Network has been the development of an interactive platform which will visualize the ecosystem of the solidarity schools. This implies not only a presentation of quantitative and qualitative information about each school, but also other actors and agents which facilitate the solidarity schools’ operation, or, the later mobilize.
The development of the platform (still ongoing) follows a participation action research and co-design methodology. The initial discussion of the proposal for such mapping in the coordinating assemblies of the solidarity schools was followed by a first round of data collection. During these interviews the issue that arose was ‘what is the best way’ to represent the solidarity schools network according to its decentralized logic and principles? The deliberation, comments and suggestions that made informed the platform’s design and layout.
The resulted interactive map shows thus the span of the schools social relations and the reach of their transformative practices. It also provides an initial glimpse into their social infrastructural capacities which transcends a net pedagogical perspective as the network expands in various scales and fields; from the local to the international and from meeting educational needs to nurturing structures and processes of education communities (and education) as ‘expanding commons’ (Stavrides, 2017).
On Saturday 16/03/2019 a ‘draft’ version of the platform was presented for first time (photos) and for deliberation to the teachers, students, parents and volunteers who participated in the assembly of the ‘Mesopotamia’ Solidarity School, in Moschato - Athens. The event initiated a new round of co-design meetings for feedback towards the final formation of the platform.
The public launch of the platform, in both Greek and English, will take place in the first public event that the Solidarity Schools’ Network organize for this year next Friday, 12 April 2019, in Thessaloniki. It forms part of the presentation of the expanded Solidarity Schools’ Network which organizes a round of public events and meetings until the end of the current academic year, starting from two-day events in Thessaloniki on 12 & 13 of April, which will be followed by two more public events, in Corfu and Athens in June.
Stavrides St. (2016) Common Space: The City as Commons. London. Zed Books
infra-demos PI just published a new article on Airbnbization of Europe, Mobility and Property.
Dimitris Dalakoglou, PI of infra-demos and Professor of Anthropology at VU, participates in the big debate on free-spaces in the city of Amsterdam organised by ADM free-space. The current city council coalition agreement was based on the idea that Amsterdam is unique because of its long counterculture tradition. Now that ADM, one of its largest free-spaces is likely to be evicted around Christmas, the city of Amsterdam is at risk of losing a crucial part of its character. What is the future of Amsterdam under the current urban growth pattern?
Tuesday 4-12 at 19:30.
in Parkhuis De Zwijger*
More details available in this link.
infra-demos is presented on Nov 9th in the international workshop on infrastructures and mobility organised by the Catalan Institute of Anthropology and the University of Barcelona in Barcelona.
For more information follow the link
'Eating Mountains' and 'Eating each Other': New article by infra-demos.net in the journal Political Geography
A new article by Dimitris Dalakoglou and Yannis Kallianos of infra-demos team was published in the journal Political Geography. The article titled: 'Eating mountains' and 'eating each other'' and it talks about the relationship between political imaginary and infrastructures in Greece since the 1990s.
The article is available to be downloaded for free for 50 days following this link
Professor Dimitris Dalakoglou, infra-demos' PI, just got published an op-ed in the Dutch daily newspaper het Parool on the commercialization of urban real estate and its impact infrastructures and public interest.
The full article is available here
The Solidarity Schools in Greece were create in the context of the crisis to counter the acute increase of inequalities in education. At the same time, they have been laboratories of self-organised educational structures and practices integrated in the broader solidarity networks as autonomous learning communities. By putting democracy and mutualism at the core of their organizational function and educational practices they renegotiate the ways in which communities of education and knowledge production and sharing liaise with their communities.
This weekend they convene for first time in a two-day meeting in order to “further our democratic way of operating… to deconstruct the teacher-centered way of understanding education and learning and to construct the visionary frame of decentralized, autonomous and non-hierarchical educational communities”, as they state. In that way they aim “to cultivate a cohesive visionary frame for our role, to better describe our goals, to highlight and empower «good» practices on the educational spectrum… to defend education as a common good, to continue to reclaim by creating!
The program of the meeting includes sessions and workshops on solidarity schools as communities of participatory action and democracy, on their relation with the social and solidarity economy and the commons, on social pedagogy and communities of learning, on interculturalism and the education of immigrants and refugees, on gender identity in/and education. It must also be noted that the meeting aspires to connect with analogous experiences from outside Greece. To this aim collectives, educationalists and researchers from Italy, Switzerland, France, UK, Turkey and Germany will also take part in the meetings.
Infra-demos, has been part of the organizing group of the two-day meeting and facilitates the session on the relation between the solidarity schools the solidarity economies and the commons. The session will develop in two axes. Firstly, drawing by the experience of the solidarity schools will attempt to show the different perception that they cultivate for economic relations and transactions, which are based on use value through practices of mutualism and free exchange. The second focus will be on the relationship of the solidarity school with their local communities and the existing municipal framework, in order to work out institutional formats and changes that need to be achieved in order autonomous educational communities to be feasible.
For those interested you can find more in the following address: http://meeting.solidarityschools.gr/en/
Research Professor of Sociology
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Professor of Geography
University of Peloponnese
Professor of Social Anthropology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (infra-demos)
Post-Doc Fellow in Anthropology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (infra-demos)
May 12th, 2018
Netherlands Institute at Athens, Makri 11, 117 42 Plaka
Following the seminar that infra-demos.net organised in November 2017 in Amsterdam, at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we would like to invite you to our next seminar which will take place in Athens in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute at Athens.
The seminar will focus on the relationship between infrastructure and crisis to discuss everyday innovations associated to socio-technological forms of participation arising within the infrastructural gap (IG).
The infrastructural gap (IG) which emerged in the West after the rupture of the 2008 crisis refers to the difficulty of the state and private sector to sustain infrastructural networks. At issue is the fact that within this new infrastructural condition transformative potentials and innovative socio-technical practices have risen to produce innovative forms of civil activity, and thus explore non institutional ways of political participation. Infrastructures lie at the core of this process, both as sites of contestation where the previous model of urban governance can be challenged and as spaces through which technological innovations and new crisis-resilient socio-technological systems can emerge. The seminar touches upon these issues and beyond in order to explore the production of infrastructural relations in times of crisis and turmoil.
The seminar is co-organized by the infra-demos project, the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA) and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The seminar will take place at the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA), Makri St. 11, Athens, 11742, from 18:00-20:30
followed by a wine reception.
We look forward to seeing you there.