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The Question of Money: State, Protest, and Informal Currencies in the Wake of Greece’s Economic Crisis


Abstract:
Since the 2008 debt crisis Greeks have relied on the circulation of informal currencies—trading goods and services without euros. These solidarity economies seek to reclaim community resources for local people in protest of the staggering inequalities precipitated by Greece’s government debt, privatization of public assets, and structural reforms. People use local exchange trading schemes just to survive in a context where coinage is scarce. This research inquired into the nature of money, taking existing struggles over the form of monetary value in Greece as a point of reference. It explains how the circulation of multiple currencies not recognized by the state shapes social and political life and understanding of money and value, and how Greeks use local currencies to redefine the boundaries of nation in the context of a single European currency.


Bio:
Helen Panagiotopoulos is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She received her MA in 2012 when her research focused on the U.S. domestic workers’ movement and commonalities in the workplace experiences among immigrants in New York City. Her current dissertation research looks into non-state recognized currencies amid the recent fiscal crisis in Greece.

 

Antikythera – Aegilia. An Island “between Persia and Rome”

Αris Tsaravopoulos, Archaeologist, Greek Ministry of Culture


A whole fortified city of 150 acres dated from the 4th century to the 1st century BC is preserved on the island of Antikythera. The fortification walls built with the financial support of the Persian Empire in the attempt to organize a counterattack to Alexander the Great’s army, can be seen in all their length, and, in many places, they are preserved up to 9m high. After the disappearance of the Persian Empire and Alexander’s death, Antikythera/Aegilia participated in the piratical activity of the Cretan cities during the Hellenistic period.
The city was destroyed during the last phase of the Roman-Cretan war, pillaged by the Romans as a campaign “against piracy”, in 69-67 BC. The beginning of this war was marked by the well-known “shipwreck” of Antikythera, that was carrying the “Mechanism” and many important sculptures!
The results and the historical conclusions drawn by the ongoing excavation on the island will be presented.
The hypothesis that links the well-known “Antikythera Shipwreck” with the activity of the Antikythera inhabitants and the Cretan – Roman conflict that ended with the final enslavement of Crete to the Romans in 67 BC will also be discussed.

 

Jewish education in Southeastern Europe


Conference on "Jewish education in Southeastern Europe (mid 19th-mid 20th century)"
24/11/2017 - 25/11/2017
Tsikriki Hall

The University of Thessaly and the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe organize a conference on Jewish education from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The conference will take place in the Tsikriki building (Gamveta 6), in Volos.
The lectures will be in English. The thematic units of the conference are the following:
Jewish education in the Ottoman Empire and Greece (mid 19th-mid 20th century)
Establishment of the Alliance Israélite Universelle Schools and Their Role in Jewish Emancipation
Jewish education in Greek and international schools

 

Event on the Development of Digital Skills through game based learning

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas are organizing an event with the title “Applications of Information Technology towards the Development of Digital Skills among High School Students”. The event will take place at Hotel Xenia Volos on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 12.00 to 14.00. Registration will start at 11.30.
The event targets secondary education teachers as well as individuals with an interest in the application of technology in learning contexts, both formal and informal.
The event is organized in the context of the project EMPLOY: Digital Skills for Employability and Social Inclusion, which is funded by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Commission and is being implemented from September 2015 until February 2018. The consortium consists of various partners from Greece, Turkey, France, Estonia, and Italy.
The importance of digital skills is underscored by European initiatives such as ET2020, New Skills for New Jobs, and the Digital Agenda for Europe. These initiatives stress the fact that digital skills are in high demand in all professional sectors. As a result, individuals with insufficient digital skills are in danger of becoming professionally marginalized and, as a result, are at risk of social exclusion.
EMPLOY aims to alleviate this risk through the design and development of digital games intended to be used in reverse classroom contexts for raising awareness on the need to develop digital skills and for promoting further learner engagement in related initiatives. The games expose learners to educational scenarios inspired by the world of work that simulate the use of digital competences in work contexts.
The audience will be exposed to emerging game-based, active, and experiential learning methodologies, a demonstration of the EMPLOY game, as well as presentations of the results of using the EMPLOY game in classrooms. More information is available at http://employproject.eu.

 

Spatial and Social Transformations in the refugee slum of Drapetsona, 1922-1940


Eleni Kyramargiou (postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Mediterranean Studies, Crete)
Drapetsona is situated on the western coast of Piraeus and it was developed as a refugee settlement for newcomers from Asia Minor in the early 1920s. Its proximity to the port and the industrial plants created favorable conditions for the process of urbanization that rapidly transformed the surrounding area. The vast majority of the inhabitants lived in makeshift homes, shacks and hovels that did not follow any plan of organized settlement.

 


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