Commons and bottom-up participation: Southern European perspectives


Commons and bottom-up participation: Southern European perspectives


// In presence and online | 21 January 2022 | 16.00 – 18.00 (CET)

// Aula CM – Dip. ICEA, via Ognissanti 39 (Padova)

// Live Streaming on Facebook page EMSTeDe

– KEYNOTE LECTURES: Alexandros Kioupkiolis and Manuela Zechner

– Introduction: Prof. Alessio Surian (UniPd)

– Coordination: Massimo De Marchi (UniPd)


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Since the beginning of the new millennium, the commons have emerged as a key socio-political, economic, and cultural reference. Crucially, in the contemporary European context, the commons arena embodies a visionary pragmatism with an emphasis on bottom-up participation. The seminar aims to present recent initiatives in this field, new figures of the commons, in search of better ways of governing ourselves in the contemporary world.

The invited speakers will present in-depth case studies analysis involving new social movements and alternative forms of self-organization. Among them, the experience of municipalism in Barcelona (Spain), the mobilizations for the commons in Greece, and the Italian commons network.


Alexandros Kioupkiolis is an Associate Professor in Contemporary Political Theory at the School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (Greece). He is an ERC Grantee (ERC COG 2017-2020) and a Fulbright Scholar.

Manuela Zechner is a researcher and facilitator. Her work focuses on social movements, feminism, commons, and ecology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the MovE project of Jena University (Germany). From 2017-20 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Heteropolitics project, an ERC-funded research on commons in Mediterranean Europe.

Organized within the framework of the International Master Programme CCD – STeDe