On 25-28 August Locomotive.press’ team Gintarė Matulaitytė and Tomas Čiučelis will be attending The Central and East European Agora Meeting 2016 organized by Krytyka Polityczna in Cieszyn, Poland. Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) is a Central and Eastern European network of institutions and activists. The network publishes the online quarterly magazine “Dziennik Opinii” (Opinion Daily) and it also runs a publishing house, cultural centres in Warsaw, Łódź, Gdańsk and Cieszyn, activist clubs in a dozen cities throughout Poland as well as in Kiev and Berlin. Krytyka Polityczna also has a research centre—the Institute for Advanced Studies in Warsaw. This year the annual meeting will host 130 people from 17 countries: Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, UK and USA.
The name “Central and East European Agora Meeting” refers back to the first initiative of this sort – AGORA99, a Euro-Mediterranean meeting which was held in Madrid in November 2012 that was dedicated to issues such as debt, human rights and democracy. As the organizers described it,“Agora is an inclusive meeting organized by citizens and is open for everyone who wishes to attend”. Agora CEE is aimed at combining the dynamics of civil and grassroots movements of Western and Eastern Europe, and seeks to let Central and Eastern European citizens and activists share their issues and problems in order to find common solutions to the challenges that Europe faces.
On September 3-7 Locomotive.press will also be joing The International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA) which is a network established in 1991 and it unites people involved in action and research of localities and cities. This year the Conference titled “City in Transitions: Spaces of Confusion, Places of Hope” will be held in Bucharest, Romania. As part of the agenda addressing the local realities it will present some initial experiences with struggles for the right to the city, particularly in two areas a) reconversion, adaptive reuse and preservation of urban heritage and b) the environmental impact of the free market economy and possibilities for sustainable urban life.
During the Conference Locomotive.press’ own Gintarė Matulaitytė will be joining the panel discussion during the MAZI Workshop which aims to develop a toolkit for building local, community wireless networks.
We will be visiting Prague, Czech Republic (28-30 August), Budapest, Hungary (30-31 August) and Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1-2 September) in between of the events. We wish to meet local independent media publishers, journalists, communities and civic activists. If you are interested in sharing your experience, learning about our work or looking for possible collaborations, please contact us at gintare[at]locomotive.press to arrange a meeting.
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