Interview with Sophie Ghyselen from Commons Josaphat

Sophie Ghyselen from Commons Josaphat talked to us about the origins, development, aims and future prospects of this common initiative on an urban wasteland site with a size of 32 football pitches. It is situated in Brussels, on the border between Schaerbeek and Evere. As mentioned on their website, they “emphasise common ownership and sharing […]

Belgium, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Brendan Ogle from Right2Water

Brendan Ogle is one of the great inspirers of the movement Right2Water, a movement that started in 2014 as a reaction on the austerity agenda of the Irish government, enforced by the EU. The Irish government decided to privatise the water supply by installing the company Irish Water. Motivated by the unions, inspired by the […]

Ireland, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Jane Trowell from Platform

Since 1991, Jane Trowell is part of Platform, a London based organisation that is involved in arts, activism, education and research. They tackle a variety of social and environmental issues, ranging from neglected water supplies, field poverty and climate justice to xenophobia and their ambitious objective to shut the fossil fuel industry down. As far […]

Research, United Kingdom / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with artist Milica Ružičić

Milica Ruzicic is a visual artist working and living in Belgrade. Political and critical art are her main interests. She teaches art in an art college, which is how she pays the bills and which also gives her a bit the sovereignty to create art in the rest of her time.   “I graduated from […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Vedran Horvat from the Institute of Political Ecology

“My name is Vedran Horvat. I’m sociologist by background and work as a managing director of the Institute of Political Ecology since a few years. We are a fairly new organisation that has the primary aim to show in which way environmental risks and benefits are distributed in society according to gender, class or any […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Marko Miletić from Mašina

Marko Miletić is one of the journalists running the alternative left-wing media platform Mašina. Production of Social Critique. Their main goal is to form a broad left front, which is currently not existing in Serbia because of the damage done by nationalism, the demonisation of the socialist past of the country and most of all by […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Aleksander Matković from the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

Aleksandar Matković is currently a PhD student and a research trainee at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade, dealing mainly with contemporary Marxism, theories of biopolitics and political economy. He is a member of the Association pour l’autogestion and the Group for Social Engagement Studies at the Institute for Philosophy and Social […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Robert Fai and Branislav Markus Zrejanin from Left Summit of Serbia

Robert Fai and Branislav Markus are both ex-workers of a Serbian pharmaceutical factory that went bankrupt in 2012 and were engaged in the strikes of 2004 and 2005. “That was the most important strike over here. It happened in other companies as well. All these strikes were caused by the privatisation of the factories. Since […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Iva Cukic from Ministry of Space

In Serbia’s capital Belgrade we met Iva Cukic, who is a member of the urban development organisation Ministry of Space. They often squat urban spaces that are abandoned or neglected, even after the spaces are privatised. Ministry of Space revitalises these spaces by rearranging them as workplaces, housing or alternative art galleries, starting from the […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Apostolos Dimopoulos from Sifnos Island Cooperative

On the Cycladic isle of Sifnos we talked to Apostolos Dimopoulos, the president of the Sifnos Island Cooperative. The cooperative aims at making the island completely self-managed and self-sustained by means of the generation of water and wind energy as well as by high quality local production.   “Our main goal is to become a […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Article about the practical philosophy driving Termokiss

Termokiss philosophy just warming up SOCIAL CONCEPT HAS PEOPLE — NOT PROFIT — AT ITS HEART. On the outskirts of Prishtina is a large construction with expansive flat surroundings containing nothing but grass. Belonging partially to the Municipality of Prishtina and partially to the public heating company Termokos, it has stood vacant for years. The […]

Kosovo, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Bora Mema from Organizata Politike

Bora Mema is member of Organizata Politike, a left-wing student movement based in Tirana. The movement fights against the corruption and nepotism within the Albanian political system, which has far-reaching ramifications in business, civil society and education. As well as against repression and human rights violations, which according to the movement are inherent to neo-liberal […]

Albania, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with ÇETA Art Collective

In the spring of 2016, a group of students, artists and activists began to discuss the formation of a collective to oppose the hegemonic structures of capitalist, neo-liberal politics and economics in contemporary Albania. From these discussions, a group of street artists — individually anonymous but known collectively as ÇETA — emerged. The group is […]

Albania, Research / 09 Mar 2018