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.

Then in a second part of the session, we drew together the questions, urgencies and desires we bring to Peripheralizing Europe. The list that emerged coincided nicely with the proposed sessions, roughly corresponding to organisational matters, practices and tactics, analytical proposals and moving towards actions. These were:

– Establish pool of knowledge so the east becomes reference point for itself

– Talk about long distance activism

– Desire to see actual project emerge from here, possible platforms

– Get to know each other and use each other’s platforms

– Ways to overcome asymetries in south/east solidarity and common campaigns

– Institution-building steps and reaching out to other groups

– Translate regional concepts across South/East

– Sharing tools concretely (for learning/pedagogy and decision making; for social media and secure use of those)

– Think through all the voices present, also those less strong

– Talk about criminalisation; movements and electoral platforms in their relation; self-reproduction and resisting isolation/depression; politics of infrastructures

– Discuss political tactics and political fantasy

– Discuss role of trauma in movements

– Discuss role of space and presence in politics

– Develop concepts, phrases, demands and analysis that have a certain plasticity and can be useful for mobilizations across the peripheries/semi-peripheries

– Building alternative institutions that can support one another

– Discuss work-employment-precarity-subsistence

– Map out upcoming mobilizations and political processes

– Speak about activism and its relation to our families and affective spaces

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