THURSDAY 17 September

9-17:30 h -- Open academic seminars at Teater Reflex. RSVP (In particular PhD students and scholars are encouraged to come. But also others.) Over two days 13 scholars will have 30 minutes each to present their paper for a book edited by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw. Discussions with audience.

19-21 h -- Public talk for a wider audience. RSVP. “Thinking With Greece and Africa: Articulating Political Possibilities” Edgar Pieterse and Maria Kaika.

FRIDAY 18 September

9-15:45 h -- Open academic seminars at Teater Reflex. RSVP. Format as previous day.

SATURDAY 19 September

9-16 h -- Öppet forum för aktivister, artister, kulturarbetare och alla andra. Sociala rörelser är kunskap och handling sammansvetsat. Hur byggs politiska rörelser idag? Kulturarbetare och nya rörelser som Linje 17 delar med sig av erfarenheter. Workshop, diskussion. Panelsamtal: “Every Revolution Needs a Square” kring politiska rörelser från Indignadas, Occupy, anti-austerity, med Erik Swyngedouw, Maria Kaika och Henrik Ernstson. Avslutande diskussion. (Lördagen är mest på svenska). RSVP.

From 18:30 h Party -- Music and the theatre bar will be open! Ellen Pontara and Eric Steen will play and sing flamenco and the band Hustle with Josette Bushell-Mingo will play.

Extended Programme

Day 1

THURSDAY 17 September

09:00-09:30 Welcome/Välkommen! Kent Ekberg, director of Teater Reflex.

09:30-10:50 Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw will foreground the framing and the task of the ‘Anthro-Obscene’ event. They will also present their own paper contributions to the discussions.
——The Anthro-Obscene: Interrupting AntropoScenic Urbanization, by Erik Swyngedouw and Henrik Ernstson
——“Hic Rhodus, Hic Salta!”: Off-staging Violence and the Politics of the Anthropo(bs)cene, by Andrés Henao Castro and Henrik Ernstson

11:00-12:30 Marco Armiero and Malini Ranganathan
——Of Ghosts, Waste, and the Anthopocene, by Marco Armiero
——The Performativity of Urban Anti-corruption Politics: Thinking from Bangalore and Beyond, by Malini Ranganathan

12:30-14:00 Lunch There will be soup and sandwich sold in the theatre. There are other simpler restaurants and a supermarket close by.

14:00-15:30 Jason Moore and Richard Walker
——Capital in Nature: The Unending Vortex of Exploitation, by Richard Walker and Jason Moore
——Theory and Global Ecological Politics, by Richard Walker

16:00-17:30 Nik Heynen and Garth Myers
——Why Urban Political Ecology Needs an Abolitionist Ethos , by Nik Heynen
——Radical Incrementalism and Grassroots Politics in Africa-Centered Urban Political Ecology, by Garth Myers

19:00-c.21:00 Evening Public Debate (Adapted to a Wider Audience)
——“Thinking With Greece and Africa: Articulating Political Possibilities from two So Called Peripheral Locations” -This evening will have two talk by Edgar Pieterse on African and Global South urbanization and by Maria Kaika on experience from Greece. Henrik Ernstson will serve as moderator and with time for discussions. See longer description further below.

Day 1

THURSDAY 17 September (Evening)

19:00-c.21:00 Evening Public Debate

“Thinking With Greece and Africa: Articulating Political Possibilities from two So Called Peripheral Locations” —— Edgar Pieterse and Maria Kaika. Henrik Ernstson (moderator)
European and Swedish public debate has been filled with articles around the ‘greek crisis’, now surpassed by the ‘refugee crisis’, many of which are coming from the Middle East and Africa. We know less about African urbanization, and few might know that it is the fastest urbainzation the world as witnessed, ever. In about 30 years, Africa’s urban population will go from 294 to 742 million, roughly the number of people living in the EU today. This poses enormous challenges, not only in terms of technology, but in how to think about these cities, challenging urban and social theory—and political theory. On this evening Henrik Ernstson has invited Edgar Pieterse and Maria Kaika to speak from their particular experiences from Greece and Africa, and help us foreground how lessons from these locations can bring us wider understanding on how to think politically in an age of uneven and planetary urbanization, rampant capitalism and ecological change. Each speaker will have 30 minutes followed by a longer moderated discussion.
Edgar Pieterse, urbanist from South Africa and the director of the African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town will give a talk on Politcial Prospects and Urbanization in the Global South. The talk will explore the significance of increasing global awareness about the centrality of urbanisation to more inclusive and sustainable forms of city-making in the wake of the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the talk will explore the possible claims and coalitions that will have to be invoked and activated to give a transformative edge to some modest discursive gains. This includes re-thinking how we think about cities, which in turn means a challenge to current social and radical theory.
Maria Kaika, urban political ecologist from Greece and Professor at University of Manchester, will reflect on her experience of the ‘anti-austerity’ struggles and the so called ‘greek crisis’ to help us think through their political possibilities. This is an urgent task since what was proclaimed a ‘greek’ crises is of course tightly bound up with European and global futures. With her historical and political ecological research on Athens and later London, and with her close contact with the greek anti-austerity struggle, she is a unique position to help us see beyond the headlines and to think with political possibilities in a time of deep neoliberalism and anti-democratic behaviours from large institutions.

Day 2

FRIDAY 18 September

09:00-10:30 Jodi Dean and Andy Merrifield
——Exhibiting Division, Seizing the State: ‘The Natural History Museum’, by Jodi Dean
——(title to be announced), by Andy Merrifield

10:45-12:30 Maria Kaika, Edgar Pieterse and Roger Keil
——(title to be announced), by Maria Kaika
——(title to be announced), by Edgar Pieterse (to be moved to first day)
——Paved Paradise: The Suburb as the Chief Artifact of the Anthropocene and Terrain of New Political Performativities, by Roger Keil

12:30-14:00 Lunch There will be soup and sandwich sold in the theatre. There are other simpler restaurants and a supermarket close by.

14:00-15:30 Concluding Discussion
Moderated by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw. With the help of the audience, this concluding discussion will sum up points that have been made, bring out tensions and assess how far we have come in the taks of thinking beyond gloom and doom. As we write in our position paper, this meeting is about democratic practices and political movements in the age of urbanisation and ecological crises. Here we take stock of what we have heard and assess this together with the audience. Where have we arrived?

Day 3


Demokratisk praktik: Utmaningar och lärdomar kring stadsdemokratiska och politiska rörelser i vår tid

10:00-10:15 Välkommen!

10:15-12:00 Linje 17 och Kent Ekberg delar med sig av sina erfarenheter av mobilisering.

12:00-13:00 Lunch. Enklare restauranger och mataffär finns i närheten.

13:00-14:15 Every Revolution Needs A Square (In English) What does the poltical mean? What is a political movement. A discussion between Erik Swyngedouw, Maria Kaika and Henrik Ernstson.

14:15-14:30 Kulturtidskriften Paletten släpper sitt senaste nummer. Och reflekterar. Kulturtidskriften Paletten med sin chefredaktör Fredrik Svensk och skribenter reflekterar över hur man kan länka samman kritisk debatt, konst och politisk tänkande och organisering. Palettens nya nummer finns att köpa efter dagen. Fredrik Svensk är lektor på Akademin Valands, Göteborgs universitet. Paletten fokuserar på samtida konst, dess politiska villkort och funktioner och grundades i Göteborg 1940.

14:30-16:30 Kulturarbete och demokratisk praktik—hur går vi vidare? Baserat på det arbete vi gjort tillsammans under dagen vilka lärdomar tar vi med oss hem. Hur går vi vidare? Hur lär man sig mellan personer och organisationer och rörelser? Vad gör man mellan demonstrationerna? Hur bygger man verksamhet och kontinuerlig aktivitet? Vilken roll kan kulturen och kulturarbetaren och förortens teater spela?

18:30- Party! Ellen Pontara och Eric Steen bjuder på flamenco och bandet Hustle med Josette Bushell-Mingo spelar. Teaterbaren är öppen!

Kajsa Nordin at Teater Reflex (+46 70-461 09 40,
or Henrik Ernstson at KTH (+46 70-044 82 04,