Hope is an invitation to work together, to develop alternatives

Interview with Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

HOPE, New Narratives for Europe / 31 Oct 2018

Interview with Edi. A. Klobučar

Meet Edi A. Klobučar, a 22 years old student in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Edi is involved in a number of projects dealing with the complexity of identity and is a transgender activist. He is most inspired by people and passes that inspiration on effortlessly.   “The [LGBT] […]

Research, Slovenia / 04 Apr 2018

Interview with Besa Luci from Kosovo 2.0

At the dawn of the parliamentary elections of June 2017, the editors of the alternative media outlet Kosovo 2.0 reflect on the state of their young country (in February 2018 Kosovo celebrated only the 10th birthday of its independence). A need for more diversity in opinions and narratives is what led to the foundation of […]

Kosovo, Research / 28 Mar 2018

Article about Polish populism by sociologist Sławomir Sierakowski

Born in 1979, Sławomir Sierakowski is a Polish sociologist and political commentator. He is a founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine and Russia. He is also the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and the president […]

Poland, Research / 21 Mar 2018

Q&A with Marisa Matias from CES

Marisa Matias has a PhD from the School of Economics at the University of Coimbra and is a sociological researcher at the Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES). She made an academic and a political journey that allows her to create a well-founded vision about all the dimensions of problems like homophobia, misogyny and racism. Matias […]

Portugal, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Political critique by Agnieszka Wiśniewska from KrytykaPolityczna.pl

From civil society to political society   In a perfectly liberal-democratic world, where parliament really represents society and its diversity, where politics (and the space between politics and business) is not always populated by the same people, and where political parties articulate interests and develop ideas (or at least take seriously what think tanks are […]

Poland, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Interview with Igor Stokfiszewski of Political Critique

Igor Stokfiszewski is a literary and theatre critic specialising in politically engaged art. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Polish left-wing movement Political Critique, where he works as activist, editor and journalist. He was a member of the team overseeing the seventh Berlin Biennale (2012). He is author of the book Zwrot […]

Poland, Research / 19 Mar 2018

Interview with Rita Harrold from ROSA

In Ireland, ROSA and other feminist organisations fight hard for the right of abortion, since it’s still illegal there. Many years of struggle have now led to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s announcement that a referendum will be held in summer 2018 – finally. “For many young people in Ireland the abortion issue is their gateway […]

Ireland, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Kevin Ovenden and Thanasis Kampagiannis

Kevin Ovenden is a left-wing activist, author and politician currently residing in Athens. He was born in Britain, but is now part of the anti-racist and anti-fascist movement in Greece as he has been in Britain for many years. At the moment, he is writing a book on polarization. We met him together with his […]

Greece, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Logan Strenchock from CE University

Logan Strenchock lives in Hungary’s capital Budapest, but is originally from Pennsylvania in the United States. During his studies he travelled around a lot: after he had lived in the US for twenty years, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering and Historic Preservation of Monuments and Structures in Italy and Spain, then he […]

Hungary, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo from Marinaleda

Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo is the mayor of the communist utopia of Marinaleda (situated in the Southern region Andalusia), and is called by some the Spanish Robin Hood.   “Left-wing orientated ideas must be utopian, but they should not be understood as something unattainable, but as rights that through struggle can and should become reality.” […]

Research, Spain / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Danilo Prnjat from DeMaterijalizacija umetnosti

The Montenegro born Danilo Prnjat uses the autonomy of art to reflect critically on the Serbian and European society as well as to develop alternative models of community building, including economic alternatives with equal and righteous relations of production. As an art critic, he challenges the dominant neo-liberal ideology, the mass privatisations and commodification of art. […]

Research, Serbia / 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 Andri Ibrahimi from Tirana Ekspres

Tirana Ekspres,the alternative art space of Albania’s capital, was founded in 2011 by its current coordinator Andri Ibrahimi. Nowadays, the centre is not only active in the area of art, but also in that of environmental issues and ecotourism. However, in 2011 it all started with the aim to break the state monopoly on art, […]

Albania, 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

Article on how the liberal establishment sees the future of democracy at the Athens Democracy Forum 2017

Only last year the rich and powerful of the Athens Democracy Forum of the New York Times were shivering from fear. They needed to prioritise listening to the losers of globalisation and quickly, before it would all go to ruin. But hardly a year later they lull each other to sleep again during the ‘Davos […]

Greece, Research / 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 Jovica Lončar from Organization for Workers’ Initiative and Democratization

Jovica Lončar from the Organization for Workers’ Initiative and Democratization lives in Zagreb, Croatia. For the last eight years he has been involved in workers rights, activism and also ecology. He has never been a member of a political party and studied technology, philosophy and literature.   “Croatia used to be more or less a […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with Jo Hiley from Hope Not Hate

It’s Jo Hiley’s job at Hope Not Hate to try and talk to people about racism, discrimination, homophobia and other unpleasant subjects. Hope Not Hate’s approach to the recently popular right-wing rhetorics is to take people with these views seriously and try to win them over to a more accepting point-of-view by just conversing with […]

Research, United Kingdom / 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 Lazar Petkovic from the student movement in Novi Sad

Lazar Petkovic is a student in Philosophy and part of a student movement in Novi Sad, the second largest city of  Serbia. He makes a broad analysis of the today’s social and political landscape in Serbia, of the capitalist and political undercurrent influencing major systems, such as the educational system, and of how social media […]

Research, Serbia / 09 Mar 2018

Interview with actrice and activist Ursa Raukar

With the help of Vedran Horvat from the Institute of Political Ecology, we were able to interview Ursa Raukar. She is a renowned actress in Croatia, connected to the youth theatre of Zagreb, as well as an erudite and enthusiastic political activist.   “Yugoslavia’s communism was not a free system. It was better than Russia’s, […]

Croatia, Research / 09 Mar 2018