Statement from the organisers of the international meeting Peripheralizing Europe, which discussed the commonalities, differences and prospects for common struggles on the eastern and southern peripheries of Europe.
The peripheries continue to absorb the most brutal effects of the crisis of Europe. Europe’s margins are burning, not just with rapid declassing (PIIGS) and normalized poverty (the East) but also with people trying to cross minefields and seas and jump walls and fences, fleeing from, most often, the effects of western imperial and neo-colonial policies. Seguir leyendo “Peripheralising Europe: Statement”
Peripheralizing Europe is a meeting of activists/researchers/cultural workers connected to the European peripheries, taking place from july 30- august 2nd 2015 near Kaunas/Lithuania. We will be gathering from across the Eastern and Southern peripheries of the continent, to share knowledges, tell of experiences and map out the current situations at the margins of this continent in crisis.
We started our encounter with a drift through Kaunas, situating ourselves in relation to the geographies of its history, specifically some of the more radical ones.
From hippies to ecologists; the story of a local movement.
Jurga Jonutytė, Lithuanian philosopher and activist, told us about the youth movement in Kaunas in the 1980s. The movement called Atgaja made its founding assemblies on the benches in the town hall square, and lead to the semi-squatting of an abandoned building, which came to function as a kind of social centre and a convergence point of a very diverse ecological movement, until in 1994 the movement was divided by substantial disagreements (about homophobia and nationalism among other issues). The house was evicted in 1995. Seguir leyendo “REPORTS | 01 | Local urban drift in Kaunas”
In this session we began to build a common map of peripheral European struggles. We went through the initiatives and networks we are involved or collaborating with and placed them on a common map of social centres, publishing and research platforms, collectives, organisations/NGOs/unions, networks and projects.
Starting from our own areas, we mapped initiatives and their key areas of work, their spheres of reference and influence (within and across borders), their key concepts and collaborators. In relation to those, we also identified key local and regional problematics and the operative concepts that movements mobilise around. Through this we began to build a multilayered map with concrete spaces, initiatives and events as well as concepts and social/political meta-tags. Seguir leyendo “REPORTS | 02 | Mapping organisation and knowledge production”
The session started with small breakout groups in which we reported on the different media stereotypes in our countries about (other) peripheral countries, i.e. on what the Lithuanian and Spanish media write about the Balkans, and what the Balkan and “northern” media (Polish, Danish and Estonian) write about Greece.
Interesting points in relation to Greece included a reflection on how the Greek crisis is given less attention in non-euro countries such as Poland and Denmark, and how the media narratives about Greece in euro-countries in the eastern euro-countries complain about these countries having to pay to support a country that on many counts remains richer than them. Seguir leyendo “REPORTS | 03 | Peripheries & cold-war”
This multiformat workshop started out with a playful warm-up that activated the embodied approach that the facilitators, the Murmurae platform from Spain, proposed. From there it opened onto a personal mapping exercise, where participants traced and analysed a recent personal-collective trajectory of importance to the participants. Timespans concerned social movement cycles, the life of collectives or developments in personal life such as migration, illness or childbirth. The analytical parametres of this exercise were to trace the changes in material resources, affective states and references, references of action and organisation, and references of thought across the timeline-trajectory of participants. Seguir leyendo “REPORTS | 04 | The micropolitics of displacement and migration”
The aim of this workshop was not so much to describe or rally for existing platforms but to speak about different strategies at play in contemporary radical approaches to the electoral as well as to outline different strategies for inhabiting them (from within, nearby, outside). Given the historical conjuncture and the ripeness of conflict and movements in many places, we wanted to focus on the relations between macro- and micropolitical strategies. Seguir leyendo “REPORTS | 05 | Composing Social Forces, social movements and new electoral platforms”