Webinar: (De)facing Patriarchies at the Mediterranean Borders: the decolonial at stake for Mizrahi and Basque feminisms

Mural painting on the walls of an old factory in a suburb of San Sebastián by the Dominican graffiti-artist Eme. Source: https://basquemurals.wordpress.com/tag/feminism/

Το Εργαστήριο Μελέτης του Πολιτισμού, των Συνόρων και του Κοινωνικού φύλου – CBG/Lab,  βασικός συνεργάτης της πρωτοβουλίας dëcoloиıze hellάş, υποστηρίζει το διαδικτυακό σεμινάριο με τίτλο: «Αποκαθηλώνοντας τις πατριαρχίες στα μεσογειακά σύνορα: το από-αποικιακό διακύβευμα στους μιζραχί και βάσκικους φεμινισμούς».

Date: December 13, 2021
Time: 18:30
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89460449727?pwd=a2lITDBDUGJta2h3N21aY0RKQndrUT09

Organizer/Moderator: Fotini Tsibiridou (University of Macedonia)
Presentations:
·        Maggie Bullen (University of the Basque Country)
·        Smadar Lavie (University of California, Davis)
Discussants:
·        Christina Grammaticopoulou (University of Macedonia)
·        Sissy Theodosiou (University of Ioannina
Concept
This webinar would like to open the discussion on minority feminisms at the Mediterranean borders and its surrounding areas (i.e. the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Iberian peninsula, the Anatolia, the North Africa). We would like to engage with a comparative setting upon critical deconstructions of patriarchies, defaced through decolonial feminist struggles and possibilities. By putting the decolonial at stake for Basque, Kurdish, Mizrahi, Black Tunisian and other plural feminisms, we are locating the intersectional social struggles around gender, ethnicity, minority, class and race at the center of the discussion. We also pay attention to those feminisms’ praxis for social equality and emancipation, to their creative returns to the local knowledges and cosmologies, to their embodied habitus as social agents engaging with mainstream and global feminist discourses, to their advocacy of human rights, as well as to their replies on the challenges posed by art and digital technology. The analogies we can draw and the possibilities we can envision in those minority feminisms that are struggling to engage with dominant feminist critique and to find their own path to emancipation are setting an interesting decolonial framework against every dominant feminist attempt. The Greek feminisms, as any other kind of feminism, whether it is characterized as white, hegemonic, radical, liberal, activist or academic, should turn their attention to those minority decolonial feminist agendas and voices, as well as to other counter-publics and creative initiatives facing discrimination, racism, inequality and contempt. A decolonized feminism is not simply an annex of minority voices to an existing project. It is a reconsideration of feminism through these voices, acknowledging the limitations of white feminism in considering their struggles. At the same time, it questions the existing representations of colonized women that have effectively invisibilized them throughout history, while also providing the tools and practices to address inequalities and exceed them in praxis, from a position of agency in the local communities and their social struggles.

The Mizrahi feminism in Israel and the Basque feminism in the Iberian peninsula are setting an interesting comparative context to discuss the minority status and the gender perspective emerging through multiple discriminations and exclusions that shape a palimpsest of patriarchies, based on  social  inequality, race, language, religion, cultural repression, settler colonialism, national borders, state nationalism and bureaucracy, white male supremacy and structural violence, epistimicide etc. Patriarchy, as a matrix of coloniality, inscribes multiple submissions, consent, subversions and revolts, beyond those inscribed to female bodies, as the first colonized bodies. Following the paths of such minority feminist praxis struggling with specific patriarchal complexities, we could multiply our reflexive and decolonial stance on gender and feminist methodologies, and go beyond the advocacy of identity rights and/or performing activism on stage or within digital spaces. 

The webinar is a follow up of the thematic “Decolonizing Gender – Feminist Methodologies,” started in the symposium of our initiative Decolonize Hellas, see here

 https://decolonizehellas.org/en/defacing-patriarchies-at-the-mediterranean-borders-the-decolonial-at-stake-for-mizrahi-and-basque-feminisms/

1o Διεθνές Υβριδικό, Νομαδικό Συμπόσιο: Για την απο-αποικιοποίηση της Hellas: Αυτοκρατορικά παρελθόντα, αμφισβητούμενα παρόντα, χειραφετημένα μέλλοντα, 1821-2021

Το συμπόσιο μπορείτε να το παρακολουθήσετε διαδικτυακά και δια ζώσης – στο Βιομηχανικό Πάρκο ΠΛΥΦΑ, Κορυτσάς 39 στον Βοτανικό, Αθήνα, από 4 ως 7 Νοεμβρίου, 2021.

Το Εργαστήριο Μελέτης του Πολιτισμού, των Συνόρων και του Κοινωνικού Φύλου του ΒΣΑΣ-ΠΑΜΑΚ είναι βασικός φορέας υποστήριξης, ενώ συμμετέχει και ομάδα φοιτητριών/φοιτητών του Τμήματός μας από τον προπτυχιακό και μεταπτυχιακό κύκλο σπουδών. 

Μπορείτε να βρείτε το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα του συμποσίου, εδώ: https://decolonizehellas.org/programma/

Σημειώσεις:
– Τα links για το live stream θα ανακοινωθούν μέσα στις επόμενες ημέρες στο site της κολεκτίβας www.decolonizehellas.org και στη σελίδα στο facebook (https://www.facebook.com/decolonizehellas).
– Λόγω των περιοριστικών μέτρων που σχετίζονται με την πανδημία COVID-19, η παρουσία κοινού στους χώρους του συμποσίου θα είναι περιορισμένη. Θα τηρηθεί σειρά προτεραιότητας.

Μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε τις εργασίες του συμποσίου μέσω της σελίδας της πρωτοβουλίας στο Youtube: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn1oHOHQ_SgyT3w0Reidwmg

CREABALK ΔΙΚΤΥΟ (2019)

Μνημόνιο συνεργασίας, CREABALK ΔΙΚΤΥΟ (2019), μεταξύ του Τμήματος Βαλκανικών, Σλαβικών και Ανατολικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Μακεδονίας-Εργαστήριο Μελέτης του Πολιτισμού των Συνόρων και του Κοινωνικού Φύλου ( cbg-lab.uom.gr) TELEMME –Temps, Espaces, Langages, Europe méridionale Méditerranée, CNRS (https://telemme.mmsh.univ-aix.fr/), Πανεπιστήμιο Aix-Marseille και EVS – Environnement, Ville, Société, CNRS (https://www.msh-lse.fr/laboratoires/evs), Πανεπιστήμιο Lumière-Lyon2.

To CREABALK ΔΙΚΤΥΟ (2019) προσβλέπει στη δημιουργία ενός καινοτόμου πεδίου για έρευνα και δημιουργία, πειραματισμό, εκπαίδευση και διδασκαλία στις κοινωνικές επιστήμες ανάμεσα σε 3 ακαδημαϊκούς και ερευνητικούς εταίρους (Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας, Πανεπιστήμιο, Aix-Marseille και CNRS, Πανεπιστήμιο Lumière-Lyon2, και το Γαλλικό Ινστιτούτο Θεσσαλονίκης). Σκοπός του είναι η προώθηση συνεργασιών και δράσεων ακαδημαϊκού και δημιουργικού-καλλιτεχνικού χαρακτήρα στην ευρύτερη περιφέρεια της Νοτιο-ανατολικής Ευρώπης και της Μεσογείου.  Προτάσσεται η έννοια της ‘πόλης-εργαστήριο’ προκειμένου να προωθηθούν σχέσεις και καινοτόμες πρακτικές μεταξύ έρευνας, δημιουργίας, διδασκαλίας, κατάρτισης  και πολιτιστικής δραστηριότητας. https://cbg-lab.uom.gr/en/creabalk/   

CREABALK #2 Screenings (12/12/2019)

Urban Architecture and Urban Poetics (Sem. Hall 10, 15.00-1700):

Concrete Utopia- Documentary
Directed By:  Anna Ilin and Josefine Bingemer
Country Of Origin: Germany
Production: Germany
Production Year: 2015
Runtime: 18.16

SYNOPSIS
What defines a city’s identity? In 1963 Skopje was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, many of its historical buildings were lost forever. Yet, with the help of the international and Yugoslavian community the city succeeded to re-emerge as a kind of modern utopia – modelled after the plan of the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. Today the great architectural efforts of the 60s and 70s receive little appreciation, though once magnificent giants of concrete, by now many of them are crumbling and suffer from neglect. The situation in Skopje is specifically extreme, as in 2010 the government issued a plan to redesign the city in a kind of neo-renaissance style. In our film we are taking a long and patient look at the architecture of the post-earthquake era and ask people what it means to them.

Wasingtonia – Animation
Directed By: Konstantina Kotzamani
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2014
Runtime: 24
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/washingtoniashortfilm/84207264

SYNOPSIS
Washingtonia starts when the giraffes heart can no longer be heard.
Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because it’s heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry heart.

To tell a ghost- Documentary
Directed By: Chris Piotrowicz, Stefan Ehrhardt
Country Of Origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Production: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Production Year: 2019
Runtime: 11:55
Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaesaiBybvM

SYNOPSIS
‘To Tell A Ghost’ is a short documentary film directed by Chris Piotrowicz and Stefan Ehrhardt and produced, written and scored by Mirza Ramic. The film tells the story of Mirza Ramic, the Bosnian-born, American-based musician and one half of the electronic music duo Arms and Sleepers. ‘To Tell A Ghost’ captures Mirza’s attempt to process personal loss and childhood memories while finding healing through music.

Belgrade is Blue like an Orange- Experimental
Directed By: Antonin Blanc
Country Of Origin: Serbia
Production: Serbia
Production Year: 2018
Runtime: 10:00
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/294759334

SYNOPSIS
A man is driving through Belgrade. There are reminiscences of the soviet past that he despises, and luckily the city will inspire a neo-liberal manifesto.

Urban Experiences, Crises and Experiments (Amphitheatre 12, 1800-2030):

Vietnam- Documentary
Directed By:Jovana Kovanovic
Country Of Origin:Serbia
Production: Serbia
Runtime:26 min

SYNOPSIS
A unique group of youngsters, born in the infamous 90’s in Serbia, have grown up united by certain rules on the streets of isolated Belgrade ghetto, symbolically called Vietnam. At the doorstep of adulthood their friendship is facing temptation, under the weight of new life challenges, needs and social circumstances.

Spectrum
Directed By: Dimitris Gkotsis, Greece
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2014
Runtime:  12min
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIUkYB434Sg

SYNOPSIS
Spectrum is used to classify something in terms of its position on a scale between two extreme points. Documenting a slice in the life of five different people living in the heart of the city of Athens and the power relations between them. Priorities entwined, leading to misunderstandings and finally the absolute brutality.

On Bike-Documantary
Directed By: Gorjan Atanasov
Production: North Macedonia
Production Year: 2015
Runtime: 16

SYNOPSIS
A short documentary about the power and use of the bycicle, the problems of the bicyclists and their fight for space and rights to ride freely in Skopje through Critical Mass and non-violent action.

“Cross
Directed By: Konstantinos Stathis
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2018
Runtime: 23
Trailer

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9481694/?ref_=nm_knf_i3

SYNOPSIS
A film is being made, the characters of the film have escaped in the countryside. The director wanders in the city at night. The crew is filming, trying to consist the film from everything that appears to be useful or function-able, but is that so? A woman is wandering in the city at night. The characters start to act for themselves. The crew and the director are getting into the film. Crossing in and out – all these people – ,from that film that’s being made by and with them, among other things.

4 Days
Directed by: Michalis Giagkounidis
Production: Greece
Production Year: 2017
Runtime: 79’
Trailer

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5749812/?ref_=nm_knf_i1

SYNOPSIS
Thessaloniki Greece 2015. A girl in search of excitement tries to combat her wearisome life taking pictures of strangers. A customer at the coffee place she works at asks her to escort him to the hospital. A boy is in love with her. He stalks her. Their lives intersect. 4 days of their interaction scattered in time. Their attempt to change their lives.