Of movement, time and crisis: reflections from within and outside Athens

Authors: Antonis Vradis*, Loughborough University
Topics: Europe, Political Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Athens, crisis, political geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Galvez, , Marriott, 5th Floor
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My relationship to Athens has always been intermittent. Growing up in a city just over two-hundred kilometres away may not seem that far, not in the greater scale of things. Sure, in the context of traversing, say, the thousands of kilometres making up the great US freeways - or maybe in that of the days-long travel times between cities across China, this may be something of a minuscule distance; perhaps verging on the commutable, even. But for a teenager growing up in nineties Greece, this was only relatively of close, and yet far enough. Enough to only visit sporadically, enough to get something of a recurrent if ever-interrupted glimpse of the city and the ways in which it would change (and the ways in which it would not) over the years. Enough to make sure my relationship to Athens would always stay intermittent. But there is something peculiar about the city's great moment of crisis, something about the way politically-minded individuals (“activists” in other parts of the world, though most here would deny this label) there have conceived themselves and their struggle within it, that I want to think about and reflect on from here in New Orleans.

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