From Athens with indifference: the frightful banality of crisis-living as a new normal

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Galvez, , Marriott, 5th Floor
Organizers: Antonis Vradis, Hara Kouki
Chairs: Evie Papada


In the last decade, the global financial crisis has left a deep mark on the political economy of Southern European countries - in Greece in particular: harsh austerity programmes imposed by international and European institutions and adopted by successive domestic governments; rolling austerity policies with detrimental effects on the living conditions of the majority of the population; a massive wave of discontent more recently followed by a widespread solidarity movement in response to the 2015 refugee crisis (della Porta 2015, Kousis 2016, Rozakou 2017). Not much has changed in these years in terms of hampered national sovereignty, unemployment rates and austerity policies; if there is one major recent change, it would be in the perceived relenting of social mobilisation in face of the rise of Syriza to power, a once left-wing party that has now embraced the very austerity it once decried. This panel will use Athens as its focal point, to reflect upon the realities of austerity in the country, beyond this prolonged crisis moment as narrated through seemingly extraordinary events or individuals (see Kioupkiolis 2017, Petropoulou 2016). Far from experiencing a ‘post-crisis’ period, Athenians still live with the political, social, economic effects of extreme austerity that is now taken for granted. We are particularly interested in the post2015 transformations of public space in the city: this urban perspective will allow us to move beyond nation state-centered analyses governed by predetermined arrangements of power so as to explore relations and practices in open fluid and complex spaces (Magnusson 2011).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Andreas Chatzidakis*, Royal Holloway, University of London, Chronotopes of the Greek Crisis and 2015 as the Chronopote of “Floating” 15 1:20 PM
Presenter Hara Kouki*, University of Durham, Social Movements and Migrants in Transit: (In)visible and (im)mobile in post 2015 Athens 15 1:35 PM
Presenter Evie Papada*, , Spaces of humanitarian intervention 15 1:50 PM
Presenter Georgios Papakis*, Zayed University, Left Entrepreneurialism and Elite Urban Redevelopment in the City of Crisis 15 2:05 PM
Presenter Antonis Vradis*, Loughborough University, Of movement, time and crisis: reflections from within and outside Athens 15 2:20 PM
Presenter Lila Leontidou*, University of Peloponnese, Urban resilience despite austerity: Solidarity economies and grassroots digital creativity in Athens 15 2:35 PM

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