Decolonize Hellas/Decolonize the Balkans and Eastern Europe: A first contact

Decolonize Hellas/Decolonize the Balkans and Eastern Europe: A first contact

Inter-Courtyard Door in Eratyra. Photography by Fotini Tsibiridou. October 2020


Date: May 19th, 2021
Τime: 5-8pm
Organizers: dëcoloиıze hellάş with the Culture, Borders, Gender/LAB and the MA in History, Anthropology and Culture in Eastern and South Eastern Europe of the University of Macedonia and the CREABALK network/.

Link: here (Meeting ID: 895 447 8253)

Convenors: Fotini Tsibiridou, Eleni Sideri, Ioannis Manos

Coordination of the panel/discussion: Ioannis Manos

This workshop brings together anthropologists, geographers and sociologists, field researcher scholars and artists from Southeastern Europe, who have long dealt with minorities, borders, immigrants, cultural difference, patriarchy, race and social inequality. We are seeking for the ways that everyday stories of cohabitation and creative counter-publics can be inscribed in projects of historical and epistemological decolonization of our time.

This workshop brings issues related to the study of the enlarged Balkan space in the global discussion on decoloniality. In collaboration with the CREABALK network, the workshop will highlight the importance of alternative ways of understanding, teaching and fusing critical and creative knowledge with empathy, beyond academia and in communication with the general public/audience of Balkan cities.

The workshop will be conducted in English.


1. «Decolonize Hellas/Decolonize the Balkans and Eastern Europe:
a first contact», Introductory remarks, by Fotini Tsibiridou
2. “Frameworks of race and decolonisation: bridging post-Yugoslav spaces and Hellas”?, podcast by Catherine Baker
3. “Decolonial theory and practices in Eastern and South Eastern Europe”, Special Issue presentation by Polina Manolova (on behalf of Katarina Kušić, Philipp Lottholz),
4. “The Return of the Colonial: Understanding the Role of Eastern Europe in Global Colonisation Debates and Decolonial Struggles”, Workshop presentation by Zoltán Ginelli (on behalf of Romina Istratii, Márton Demeter)
5. “Doing epistemic decolonization in Bosnia: peripheral selves”, reflections by Daniela Majstorovic
6. “Thessaloniki and Other Balkan Cities: Monuments, Memory, Representation, Affective Biographies, Cultural Geographies and Everyday Sensory Anthropology”, on the CREABALK network activities by Eleni Sideri (Pierre Sintès, Alessandro Galliccio, Olivier Givre, Fotini Tsibiridou)