LESVOS, JULY 2-6 2017
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Making space for Socio-Spatial and Socio-Ecological Justice
in Research and Action 
Strategies

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Location

 Lesvos, Greece

Speakers

32+ Academics

Seats

300 People

Organizers

9 Institutions

About this conference

The Research Unit Planning & Development of the Department of Architecture (KU Leuven/P&D), the Division of Geography and Tourism (KU Leuven/ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences), the European Network of Spatial Development Planning (ESDP) and the INDIGO research consortium (KU Leuven Research group Planning & Development, KU Leuven Division of Geography and Tourism, University of Antwerp Research Group Government and Law, Harokopio University Department of Geography, cooperative enterprise OMGEVING cvba), and the University of the Aegean, Departments of Geography, are happy to invite you to the International Conference on Making space for socio-spatial and socio-ecological justice in research and action strategies, taking place in the context of the INDIGO research project. 

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


The conference celebrates the work of prof. Frank Moulaert, leading scholar on the themes of territorial development, social innovation and governance. Since his early research in the 1970s, Frank has been working in a number of locations (including Belgium, USA, France, UK) and in different (inter)disciplinary fields. His commitment to forge bridges between academic disciplinary fields and to see beyond dichotomies of theory and action exposed him to many intellectual strands. Likewise his work left its marks in numerous fields and places. What never changed is his commitment to advancing the understanding of the entanglement of territories and social justice. The event will bring together scholars, activists, artists, and colleagues that have crossed Frank Moulaert's path through time and space.

Please see below the detailed schedule of the conference per day
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Conference Schedule

19:00
19:00 - 22:00
Mytilini City Center

Local Initiatives

Walk and informal meeting in city bar (meeting point TBC)
09:00
09:00 - 09:15
Venue Hall

Coffee

09:15
09:15 - 10:00
University of the Aegean

Welcome and Introductions

Prof. Pavlos Delladetsimas, Prof. Stefanos Grizalis Rector of the University of the Aegean, Prof. Nikos Soulakellis Head of the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean.
10:00
10:00 - 11:00
University of the Aegean

Plenary provocation "Social Innovation"

Diana McCallum (Curtin University) and Stijn Oosterlynck (University of Antwerp)
11:00
11:00 - 11:30
Venue Hall

Break

11:30
11:30 - 14:00
University of the Aegean

Plenary panel, Local Partners

"The inspiring humanity of many ordinary European citizens in the face of the refugee crisis contrasts shockingly with the limited actions of European governments", Dimitris Ballas (prof. University of the Aegean / University Groningen) "The Actions by the NGO "ΜΕΤΑdrasis" and the unaccompanied migrant minors", M. Simeou (METAdrasis) "The role of the Greek Red Cross in the Aegean/Lesvos refugee crisis", Kyriaki Sakellariou (Regional Coordinator for the islands Hellenic Red Cross)
14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Venue Hall

Lunch

15:30
15:30 - 17:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 1 (INDIGO): In the future the landed commons must prevail

Session 1.1 : Theoretical Approaches to Landed Commons. Pavlos Delladetsimas (Harokopio University) -- Chair: Ide Hiergens (University of Antwerp), Discussant: Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester), Contribution : Pieter Van den Broeck (KULeuven)
15:30
15:30 - 17:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 2 : Who needs Social Innovation in the future?

Session 2.1 : Socializing regional innovation. Examining the role of local authorities and civil society actors in stirring transformative social innovation. Sofia Pagliarin (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL), Alessandra Manganelli (KULeuven/VUB), Abid Mehmood (Cardiff University) -- Chair: Kevin Morgan (University of Cardiff)
15:30
15:30 - 17:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 3 : In the future action research will go underground?

Session 3.1. Objects of policy, subjects of politics, Framing Social Movements in the Post-Colonial Global South. Prathiwi Putri (University of Kopenhagen), Hendro Sangkoyo (School of democratic economics, Indionesia) -- Chair: Prathiwi Putri (University of Kopenhagen)
15:30
15:30 - 17:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 4 : In the future no one will speak about justice?

Session 4.1 How does diversity add to the social and environmental justice discourse, and vice-versa? Constanza Parra (KULeuven), Angeliki Paidakaki (KULeuven) -- Chair: Constanza Parra (KULeuven), Angeliki Paidakaki (KULeuven), Contribution : Frank Moulaert (KULeuven), Nuria Spijker (KU LEUVEN), Nienke Busscher (University of Groningen)
17:00
17:00 - 17:30
Venue Hall

Break

17:30
17:30 - 20:00
LESVOS SUBURBS

Excursion, Visit Olive Cooperative "Modousa"

Presentation and guided tour by A. Kizos (prof. of the University of the Aegean)
20:00
20:00 - 22:00
LESVOS SUBURBS

Dinner

Dinner on location
09:00
09:00 - 09:30
Venue Hall

Coffee

09:30
09:30 - 10:30
University of the Aegean

Plenary provocation - "Action Research"

Michael Edwards (University College London) & Chiara Tornaghi (Coventry University)
10:30
10:30 - 13:00
University Aegean

Plenary Curated session

13:00
13:00 - 15:30

Lunch and Siesta

15:30
15:30 - 17:00
University of the Aegean

Book Session

Book Presentations -- Ruth Segers (KULeuven), Constanza Parra (KULeuven), Abid Mehmood (University of Newcastle), Pieter Van den Broeck (KULeuven), Kevin Morgan (University of Cardiff)
17:00
17:00 - 17:30
Venue Hall

Break

17:30
17:30 - 18:30
University of the Aegean

Lecture

Frank Moulaert (emeritus KULeuven)
17:30
17:30 - 18:30
University Aegean

Speeches

Flavia Martinelli (University of Reggio Calabria)
19:00
19:00 - 22:00
Lesvos Suburbs

Social Dinner

At the traditional tavern "Eucalyptus", in the picturesque coastal village Panagiouda.
09:00
09:00 - 09:30
Venue Hall

Coffee

09:30
09:30 - 11:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 1: In the future the landed commons must prevail

Session 1.2 (Un-)intended outcomes of commoning practices in open space. Sofia Saavedra Bruno (KULeuven) -- Chair: Hans Leinfelder (KULeuven), Discussant: Diana MacCallum (Curtin University)
09:30
09:30 - 11:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 2 : Who needs Social Innovation in the future?

Session 2.2 Transformative social innovation. Konrad Miciukiewicz (UCL), Chris Kesteloot (KULeuven), Stijn Oosterlynck (University of Antwerp) -- Chair: Andreas Novy (University Vienna) and Mikael Stigendal (Malmö Högskola / Malmö University)
09:30
09:30 - 11:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 3 : In the future action research will go underground ?

Session 3.2. Beyond the here and now: design activism for permanence and resilience. Daniel Mallo (Newcastle University), Shareen Elnaschie (Displaced Designers), Seppe de Blust (ndvr) -- Chair: Daniel Mallo and Armelle Tardiveau (Newcastle University)
09:30
09:30 - 11:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 4 : In the future no one will speak about justice?

Session 4.2. Regional policy from national strategy to EU bargaining framework.What has been lost in translation. Sumpor Marijana (The Institute of Economics, Zagreb (EIZ)) -- Chair: Flavia Martinelli (University of Regio Calabria)
11:00
11:00 - 11:30
Venue Hall

Break

11:30
11:30 - 13:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 1: In the future the landed commons must prevail

Session 1.3 (Un-)intended outcomes of commoning practices in urban settings. Clenn Kustermans (OMGEVING cvba), Giulia Ganugi (University of Bologna) -- Chair: Pieter Van den Broeck (KULeuven), Discussant: Chris Kesteloot (KULeuven)
11:30
11:30 - 13:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 2 : Who needs Social Innovation in the future?

Session 2.3. Transformative Social Innovation - Part 2 & Cross-Learnings/General Discussions Sessions 2.1. & 2.2.
11:30
11:30 - 13:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 3 : In the future action research will go underground ?

Session 3.3: Collective imagination -- Chair: Michael Kaethler (KULeuven)
11:30
11:30 - 13:00
University of the Aegean

Focus sessions - Track 4 : In the future no one will speak about justice?

Session 4.3. The Role of Social Innovation and Governance in the Urban South Crises. Joseph Kedogo (Technical University of Kenya) -- Chair: Margaret Macharia (Technical University of Kenya)
13:00
13:00 - 15:30
Venue Hall

Lunch and Siesta

INDIGO Feedback Discussion
15:30
15:30 - 17:00
University of the Aegean

Curated session - European Spatial Development & Planning Network (ESDP) achievements and future.

Hosts : Flavia Martinelli (University of Reggio Calabria), Pieter Van den Broeck, Constanza Parra and Angeliki Paidakaki (KULeuven)
17:00
17:00 - 17:30
Venue Hall

Break

17:30
17:30 - 18:30
University of the Aegean

Plenary provocation - "Social Justice"

Eric Swyngedouw (University of Manchester) & Marisol Garcia (University of Barcelona)
19:30
19:30 - 21:30
Concert Hall

Social activity

Visit to the Teriade Museum and Musical Event by CSEM group.
09:00
09:00 - 14:00
Lesvos Suburbs

Excursion, Visit to Petrified Forest

Presentation and guided tour by N. Zouros

CONFERENCE TRACKS

The aim of the Lesvos Conference is to provide a forum for sharing experiences, practices, critical reflections, methodological as well as empirical advancements on research for and about social ecological and socio-spatial justice. What tasks do social innovation and territorial development research have today and in the future? What role can the territorial commons play for greater socio spatial justice? What methodological and structural constraints and challenges exist for action research in social and social-ecological change strategies? These and other pressing questions will be the focus of what we hope becomes a stimulating gathering of academics, activists, policy makers, artists.

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Organizers and Partners


The conference is developed with the support of the INDIGO research project on "Innovating spatial development planning by Differentiating land ownership and Governance" funded by the Flemish innovation agency IWT (2015-2018).

The action research project aims to understand how land use rights are governed and how alternative commons-based ownership regimes can be built to counter the enclosure of land, privatization, fragmentation, social exclusion etc.

The conference is hosted and supported by the Department of Geography at the University Aegean.

Location of the Conference


The conference is hosted by the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean.

For detailed information please visit Conference Travel Map

Department of Geography
University of the Aegean

Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Lesvos, Greece

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