The New Significance Interviews Antonis Vradis on Crisis, Revolt, and Making Meaning in Greece

TNS: Hi Antonis and thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Before we begin, can you tell us a bit about yourself and the projects you’re currently involved in?

Thank you for this opportunity! Sure—I am a member of Occupied London, a collective that had been covering the events in Greece during and following the revolt of 2008, and which has gone on a temporary lull, at frustration with the fact that everyone confuses us with Occupy London. Only kidding, but the reality is that we are taking some soul-searching time to understand what kind of meanings are lost and what new ones need to be discovered by the antagonist movement, and whatever small ways there might be for us to help in this direction. This unnecessarily cryptic phrasing is to say that we are about to finish this first cycle of our project, and to open up a new one.

I am also member of crisis-scape.net, a collective research project that has been exploring the transformations of public spaces in Athens, Greece. This project is now a few days from ending, too—so it definitely feels like the end of a double, and therefore formidable cycle.

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The End of Meaning-making As We Know It?

Our conference publication is now fully &freely available online. Download a .pdf from crisis-scape, or view it online via ISSUU or Scribd:

This publication is part of the City at a Time of Crisis project http://www.crisis-scape.net Funded by the ESRC Designed by Jaya Klara Brekke Photography by Ross Domoney (pages 42, 102, 166 and 206) Antonis Vradis (pages 62, 91 – 101) Dimitris Dalakoglou (page 8) Andreas Chatzidakis (page 32) Printed in Athens by Synthesi http://synthesi-print.gr Edited by Jaya Klara Brekke, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Christos Filippidis and Antonis Vradis. Chapters 15 and 22 translated from Greek by Antonis Vradis ISBN: 978-1-938660-15-3

Crisis Scapes: Athens and Beyond by crisis-scape.net

A guest blog post at the LSE’s Field Research Method Lab, at the kind invitation of Hyun Bang Shin:

The question that this blog raises verges on the existential: why would one ever want to study urban riots or unrest? And for what purpose? Prior, during and following my PhD research, this was the question I was faced with, time and time again—from quietly asking myself to being asked aloud in seminar rooms and lecture theatres. If I was ever going to progress with studying these “ticklish subjects”, as Žižek (1999) would have put it, it quickly became evident that I would have to come up with a convincing enough answer.

Moving to Durham

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As of June 1st, I will be taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at Durham University, to work on a comparative project on gentrination in Greece and in Brazil, two seemingly very different examples of countries that underwent the IMF treatment. The Durham post is affiliated both to the university’s Geography department, easily one of the most formidable centres of geographical scholarship in the world, and its Institute of Advanced Study, one of the best examples of cross-disciplinary research at work today. I will be mentored by Joe Painter, whose work cutting across the prosaic and the institutional fits gentrination perfectly, and will be sharing research time between Athens and Rio. If the sound of this post does not reveal it already, I do find this all to be very exciting. Updates on the project will be uploaded on both gentrination.info and of course, on this website.

Full schedule on crisis-scape.net

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Crisis-scape conference: poster

Our end-of-project conference at crisis-scape.net

May 9&10. Athens Polytechnic (NTUA), Averof Building, Patission Campus (google map).

The conference is free and open to all, with no registration required.

Click below for the complete schedule!

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33Out in greek by Futura. So excited about this: Christos is a great friend, comrade and collaborator at crisis-scape.net.

Christos Filippidis: City, Crisis and Hot Iron