Greece convicted for the inhumane conditions in Nafplio prison

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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg issued another conviction against Greece in relation to the conditions in the prisons in the country.

The trial started when 16 prisoners from Nafplio prison (Greeks, Romanians, Ukrainians, Turks and Americans) turned to the Court in Strasbourg, complaining of prison conditions and the lack of space due to overcrowding in the cells in particular.

“This violates Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, according to which no human being should be subjected to inhuman, degrading treatment, nor tortured”, explains for the electronic edition kathimerini.gr Konstantinos Tsitselikis, one of the lawyers in the case and Associate Professor at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.

This sentence is part of a series of similar decisions, as over the past five years the European Court has established similar violations in other Greek prisons, such as Korydallos, Komotini, Ioannina, Thessaloniki and Tripoli, reminds the Professor.

“The violations are related not only to the lack of space due to overcrowding, but also to the insufficient medical care provided to prisoners”, adds the lawyer who took on the case along with Antonis Spatis.

According to the decision of the European Court of Justice, each prisoner who filed a complaint will be paid compensation amounting to 5,000-15,000 euro for having suffered damages due to the violation of Article 3 of the European Convention. The exact amount of the compensation will be determined according to the sentence that each of the prisoners is serving.

Simultaneously, the state is obliged to take care to avoid the future creation of conditions in favour of the violation of prisoners’ rights.

“There is a bad precedent related to the prison in Ioannina, where the European Court has established violations three times and fiercely criticized Greece, noting that it thus violates Article 3,” concludes Associate Professor Tsitselikis.

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Athens 1st anniversary of Pavlos Fyssas murder in Syntagma square

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A big anti-fascism concert was held on Friday afternoon at Syntagma Square in Athens to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the murder of singer Pavlos Fyssas by a member of the far-right party Golden Dawn.

The concert was opened by hip-hop bands, whereas more than 30 musicians performed. Over 3000 people attended the concert, whereas Fyssas’ parents were also there.

The event is one of several held on Thursday in Keratsini, the district of Piraeus where Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death, and in various cities throughout Greece.


Crisis-scapes suspended Introduction by Antonis Vradis

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Crisis-scapes suspended Introduction

Antonis Vradis

What may a major global financial crisis actually look like? How may it feel, what kind of form and shape may it take in the mundane and in the common, in the spaces of our everyday coex- istence? These questions had been tormenting the crisis-scape project from the outset, ques- tions that we in turn posed to our guests at our concluding conference that took place in Athens in May this year. Rather than trying to reflect upon the conference as a whole (which would have been a near- impossible task, with its twenty-two contri- butions in total), this Special Feature has chosen to focus on highlighting a relationship between it and the previous outcome of the crisis-scape.net team: the documentary Future Suspended1. An experimental play, in a sense, between the main structure that we ourselves had set for our documentary—and by extension, the structure of our research project as a whole—and the contributions presented in Athens during those early May days. The conversation is intriguing, even if not entirely pre-planned; could it be so for that exact reason?

The first section of the Special Feature, ‘Future Privatised’, tries to shed some light on the vast privatisation schemes that have been taking place in the Greek terri- tory—and beyond—during the current crisis, and their tremendous implications: Costis Hadjimichalis offers us a concise overview of this process of outright land- grabbing and land dispossession—and he explains how this leads, surely enough, to domestic devaluation and to the reproduc- tion of recession.

Throughout this time of crisis in the Greek territory, during this relentless drive for priva- tisations, for a devaluation of labour and infra- structures, for redrawing of the rules of capitalist reproduction, one term has repeat- edly sprang up in public discourse: ‘Chinifica- tion’ supposedly reflects the idea that this vast privatisation project would be matched by a relentless dive of wages and the value of infra- structure to the bottom. Such a conceptualis- ation, of course, is not only simplistic and bordering on the xenophobic/racist; most cru- cially, it seems to ignore the complex reality that China’s astounding development consists of, and the ways by which its growth engine, i.e. its speculative urbanisation, has been exe- cuted at the level of the state and contested at the field of the everyday. In his contribution, Hyun Bang Shin wonderfully articulates this very contesting.

In a perfect ‘bridge’ over the first and second section of the SF, Tom Slater uses his vast knowledge and experience from gentrification processes elsewhere to offer a suggestion for residents of the central Athe- nian neighbourhood of Exarcheia who are faced, it would seem, with early hints of the process soon-to-commence in their area, too. Athens is already heralded in inter- national media (even supposedly ‘progress- ive’ ones for that matter) as a city that is about to be reborn from its ashes, the ‘invest- ment opportunities’ posed by the city, and so on. Slater acutely warns about placing disin- vestment in a moral conundrum vis-a-vis reinvestment, what he terms a ‘false choice urbanism’: a tool used by its purveyors to conceal gentrification’s high political stakes.

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Archaeology and Assemblage

Call for papers:
TAG 2014, Manchester, 15-17 December.
Session: Archaeology and Assemblage
Organiser(s):
Yannis Hamilakis and Andrew Meirion Jones (University of Southampton)
Email:
y.hamilakis@soton.ac.uk
amj@soton.ac.uk
The concept of assemblage has long been part of the archaeological lexicon, implying groups of associated or related artefacts. Recent uses of the term have relied on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, who related it to the play of contingency or structure, organization and change, and emphasized the internal heterogeneity of the assemblage and its dynamic character. Developing this idea, the cultural theorist Jane Bennett (2010) describes assemblages as ad hoc groupings of diverse elements. ‘Assemblage’ relates to processes of arrangement, organizing and fitting together, and through these processes of arrangement and re-arrangement new material configurations are brought into being. For Bennett, this process is emergent, in that it makes things happen.
A number of recent writers in archaeology have adopted this definition of assemblage using the concept to describe the relationship between the archaeologist and the archaeological ‘record’, and its changing nature (Fowler 2013; Hamilakis 2013; Lucas 2012; Jones and Alberti 2013), while others have contrasted the notion of context and assemblage (Jones and Alberti 2013), and stressed the role of sensoriality in the activation of assemblages, proposing the term, “sensorial assemblages” (Hamilakis 2013). In addition, North American archaeologists have reworked the notion of assemblage in order to understand the Native American concept of ‘bundling’ (Pauketat 2013; Zedeño 2013). How useful is Bennett and Deleuze’s notion of assemblage to archaeology? How does it relate to the notion of assemblage as typically understood by archaeologists? What are the limits of the notion of assemblage; can everything be described as a form of assemblage? Is ‘bundling’ a useful cross-cultural concept or should its use be restricted to North American context? This session is intended to continue the debates begun in the TAG 2013 session ‘Towards an archaeology of becoming’.


Neoliberalism, Pedagogy, and Human Development: Exploring Time, Mediation, and Collectivity in Contemporary Schools

“In most Western developed countries, adult life is increasingly organized on the basis of short-term work contracts and reduced social security funds. In this context it seems that producing efficient job-seekers and employees becomes the main aim of educational programs for the next generation. Through case studies of Turkish and Arabic students in Berlin (Germany), Asian, Hispanic and Black students in Long Beach (USA), and children of landless rural workers in Espirito Santo (Brazil), this book investigates emerging educational practices and takes a critical stance towards what can be seen as “mainstream” or “dominant” educational politics. Kontopodis poses the question of whether encouraging students to engage in guided reflection about themselves, their past performance and their future career supports marginalized youth in dealing with complex everyday situations and actively participating in societal improvement. His interdisciplinary theoretical account draws on process philosophy and time theory, developmental and educational psychological theorising (mainly Vygotskian/post-Vygotskian), sociology of education, as well as on continuing discussions in the fields of science and technology studies and anthropology. The book suggests an innovative relational understanding of time and development at school which can prove of particular importance for the education of marginalized students”-


Crisis, Critique, and the Possibilities of the Political

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by EIRINI AVRAMOPOULOU

interviews Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou apropos the publication of their book

Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013)

Introduction to the Interview By intertwining significant philosophical questions on subjectivity, precarity, biopolitics and performativity with contemporary dilemmas on acts of dissidence, collective protests, activism and art, this book interrogates dispossession as a complex notion. Having already been attached to processes of systematic and severe economic deprivation, as in the case of forced migration, unemployment and homelessness, dispossession, also becomes here a significant key word in order to push ideas of relatedness and (co-)existence further into the domain of both critical thinking and political engagement. What does it mean to have or own possessions (i.e. land, property, titles or entitlements, like a name or rights, obligations, responsibilities, as well as relations) if that would connote both a valorisation of individualism in the context of neoliberal governmentality and a legitimisation of forms of sociality reified in the context of capitalism, liberalism and humanism? On the other hand, what would it mean asking to be dispossessed if that would also signify a state of vulnerability tightly connected to precarity, deprivation and exploitation, especially when people and populations live under such conditions and struggle to make a living or have a liveable life? Overall, how can one claim differently forms of possessions and make a political claim over dispossession? Could dispossession resonate with a form of resistance against the conditions that reiterate (neo)liberal and normative claims over being in, or having, a life? Could it serve as a political promise? There are no simple answers to these questions, as both Athanasiou and Butler seem to agree on, in their obvious intention to offer us intriguing meditations on how to approach such dilemmas in this thought-provoking book. Read the rest of this entry »


Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism

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The 2nd Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism post-graduate research event seeks to query the place and performance of activism within discourses and practices of sound arts, sound-based arts and experimental musics that are engaged with gender, feminist and queer politics.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: SGFA::2014

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

October 16th – 17th 2014

Deadline: Monday 16th June 2014

The inaugural SGFA, focusing on the role of gender in sound-based arts and experimental musics, took place in May 2012 following the Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic symposium at Tate Modern. We are delighted to announce a call for participation in the 2nd Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism post-graduate research event to take place in London on October 16th and 17th 2014. SGFA::2014 will expand upon the 2012 event and we invite presentations of twenty minute formal research papers or ten minute emerging researcher/artist presentations sharing recent or ongoing work, addressing the question

What, in the historical present, might constitute an activist life in sound?
This is an open call and we welcome responses from all relevant disciplines and will accept a variety of formats from academic presentations, proposals for artworks and documentation of artworks to more experimental contributions.

Please send expressions of interest, including the theme, topic and format of your presentation, of around 200 words and a short biography of no more than 200 words by Monday 16th June 2014 to SGFA2014@crisap.org We will let you know if your submission is accepted by July 9th 2014.


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