Crisis regimes and emerging social movements in cities of Southern Europe

25 03 2012


On 7-9 February a three-day international workshop titled “Crisis regimes and emerging urban social movements in cities of Southern Europe” was organised in Athens by Encounter Athens, INURA Athens and the Public Policies and Government Institute of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, with the support of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the National Technical University of Athens. The workshop provided the opportunity for exchanging experiences concerning the current crisis in Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish cities and explore alternatives with two main goals:

a) to critically explore the impact of the crisis on South European cities and their inhabitants, the dominant policies implemented, as well as new issues and novel social claims that are emerging, and

b) to bring together activists from current/emerging movements and scholars, in order to exchange ideas and experiences from concrete practices, initiatives and struggles and to collectively think about alternatives for radical action.

Activists and researchers from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain who are involved in social movements in their cities presented their experiences about crisis in the cities of Southern Europe along three workshop themes: ultra-neoliberal urban development projects, housing in crisis and the local as a reference for new mobilizations, solidarity networks and actions.

The workshop was funded by a Regional Workshop Award from the Antipode Foundation.

See workshop material at:

Occupy crises: εκφάνσεις της κρίσης και αντιστάσεις σε διαφορετικές πόλεις

13 02 2012

Εκδήλωση – Συζήτηση στο πλαίσιο συνάντησης εργασίας στην Αθήνα

Παρασκευή, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2012, 18:30 – 21:00, ΕΜΠ Πατησίων, αιθ. Τ10


Η κρίση στην Ελλάδα: στην Αθήνα την εποχή του μνημονίου – Encounter Athens/ Inura Athens

Η κρίση στην Γερμανία: η μισαλλοδοξία της Γερμανικής πολιτικής, η κοινή γνώμη και η απουσία της (ριζοσπαστικής) αριστεράς – Inura Berlin

Η κρίση στις ΗΠΑ: ενυπόθηκα δάνεια, τεντουπόλεις και πως το κίνημα Occupy “πήγε σπίτι” – Inura Berlin

Η κρίση στην Ιταλία: επιπτώσεις στην καθημερινότητα και κοινωνικές αντιστάσεις – Inura Florence

Παρεμβάσεις απο Βρετανία, Πορτογαλία κα.

Θα ακολουθήσει συζήτηση

Occupy crises: perceptions and resistances to the crisis in different contexts

13 02 2012

INURA Public Event

Friday 19th February, 18:30 – 21:00, NTUA (T10)

Inspired by the interest about the Occupy movement – and by the movements preceding it – this public event wants to contribute to the broader discussion about the current crisis and the different ways to resist its effects, by presenting views from 4 countries: Greece, Germany, Italy and the USA. Instead of debating the economics behind the crisis, it focuses on the urban and spatial aspects of the crisis. How is the crisis perceived in different cities? How this crisis affects the particular cities and their residents? How the adopted or proposed measures are transforming or will transform cities? What kind of actions or grassroots initiatives are forming to counter the impact of the crisis and challenge the dominant doctrines? Are they or can they be successful?


Crisis in Greece: living with the Troika agreement – Encounter Athens/ Inura Athens

Crisis in Germany: about the bigotry of German politics, public opinion, and the absence of the (radical) left – Britta Grell & Sabine Horlitz, Inura Berlin

Crisis in the USA: subrimes, tent cities and how Occupy went home – Manuel Lutz, Inura Berlin

Crisis in Italy: effects on everyday life, social resistances and proposals of the left – Marvi Maggio, Inura Florence

Discussion / interventions

INURA NMM workshop

13 02 2012

Workshop, Athens 16-19 February 2012

The New Metropolitan Mainstream (NMM) is an INURA project. Since 2008, members of INURA have developed a set of indicators and categories to compare cities. What are the common traits of global urban development? Which similarities and differences between cities can we detect? What are the consequences of different urban strategies for local people and everyday life? We like to share the provisional results of this research. Please enjoy and/or comment!

The next INURA NMM workshop will be hosted in Athens from Tuesday 16 to Sunday19 February 2012. The workshop programme consists of several working sessions, a public event and a field trip.