30th july – 2nd august 2015, Lithuania
/// Thursday 30th July, Kaunas
16h-17:30: Welcome and a discussion panel: fighting privatization and precarity in the East-South peripheries of Europe (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)
This opening panel, preceding and foregrounding an urban drift in the city of Kaunas, will bring together scholar activists with expertise in privatization in postsosocialist environment, land grabs, and gentrification.
18-19.30h: Local urban drift in Kaunas.
Guided tour with local collectives, revisiting histories and stories of social movements, local politics and geopolitical incidence on the urban territory.
20h: Shuttle to Žeimiai, dinner.
/// Friday 31st july, Žeimiai
10-13h Workshop I. Knowledge production across territories and contexts
This session departs from a mapping of of translocal networks within and across the European margins (journals, publishing platforms, organizing processes, convergences, etc). We will hear in depth about why and how networks such as LeftEast, Agroa99 or Precarity Office Vienna try to address gaps in communication and knowledge, and discuss the stakes and challenges of translating across contexts and linguistic spheres. We will focus in on issues such as translation and difference, methodologies and their ethics/politics, epistemologies and their geopolitics, and ways of relating to institutions and funding sources (universities, NGOs, etc).
15-18h Panel I. Peripheries & cold-war – old divisions and new geo-political conflicts
This roundtable discussion focuses on the reactivated narrative of the Cold War. While imperial power and aggression has all but disappeared with the dissolution of the former socialist world, new regroupments, alliances, and disbalances of power have often been interpreted in the same binary logic of the Cold War. This panel sets itself the goal to explore the manifestations and consequences of the reemergence of this framework of national and supranational mobilization and the effects it produces for the institutional and grassroots politics in the European periphery. We explore new geopolitical conditions and micropolitical reactions and think through tactics of complicating the binary logic of the transnational debate and transnational solidarity for those whose political practice and livelihood are affected by new hot and cold wars.
21h: film screening
/// Saturday 1st August, Žeimiai
10-13h Workshop II. Migration and displacement from the peripheries
This workshop will explore past an ongoing dynamics of migration – decades of heart and brain drain in the east and a spike in crisis emmigration in the south – and their implications for local collective organising. We will be addressing this from the viewpoints of translocal agents as well as local processes, discussing strategies for keeping in touch, mutual support and building alliances. A key term in this workshop will be ‘situatedness’, as referring to ways of engaging with the ethics and politics of specific contexts in continuous ways, beyond the binaries of local/global. We will be drawing on the Lithuanian and broader Eastern European experience – millions have migrated from the peripheries to core countries – as well as on the varied experiences of participants and collectives present.
15-18h Panel I. Social movements and new electoral platforms
This panel will present different experiences of party-building and civil society electoral platforms that aim to win back institutions (as they say in Spain) and build counter-hegemony. We will be hearing about the history and work of electoral platforms from Syriza (GR) to Barcelona En Comú (ES), 4K (HU), Zdrujena Levica (SLO) and incipient initiatives in Ucraine. The aim of this panel is not 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 want focus on the relations between macro- and micropolitical strategies.
22h: Cold war disco
/// Sunday 2nd August, Žeimiai
11-13h Final assembly