EMST as part of its public program organizes the workshop “how we become fellow citizens. From citizenship to statehood” and returns to the themes that have occupied recent and current central statecraft exhibitions. Forming the state, 2022, and Modern Love. Love in the years of cold intimacy, 2023. By discussing issues such as memory and identity, the city and civil rights, intersectionality, recognition and Political Participation, The Workshop wants within EMST to push us to reflect on “how we become fellow citizens”.

The question of citizenship is often spoken of in the public sphere in the narrow sense of state recognition and legitimacy (i.e. the granting of “citizenship”). We rarely approach citizenship with the modern, broader and inclusive connotations of citizenship in the social space, which is a performative, open and dynamic process.

Focusing on the Greek experience of recent years, the workshop develops around three key concepts: Space / City, community and memory. Our aim is to discuss aspects of citizenship and see how they intersect: grassroots movements fighting for social inclusion and the dispute over national borders and the status of migrants and refugees; the concept of citizenship in the era of big data and demands for equal access to public health; gender and sexual identity movements; new ways of understanding social cohesion and the city as a place to reclaim memory; archives of personal and social memory.

Participants: Brikena Gisto, Kristina Gedgaudaite, Olga Dimitriou, Daphne Dragona, Tonia Tzirita Zacharatou, Sebene Isete, Aris Kalantidis, Pausanias Karathanasis, Erofili Kokkalis, Iris Lykourioti, Sofia Dona, Anna Papaeti, Thodoris Prodromidis, Danae Siozou, Christos Chrysanthopoulos, Sammy Windrose

Organization / editing: Dimitris Papanikolaou and Theophilos Trampoulis


13.00 greeting Katerina Gregou, director of EMST

Introduction: Dimitris Papanikolaou, professor of modern Greek and Cultural Studies at the University of Oxford

Theophilos Trampoulis, EMST publications consultant

13.15 Citizenship and space. Session coordination: Iris Lykourioti, associate professor of Architecture at the University of Thessaly.

Aris Kalantidis, urban planner and professor of urban management at Manchester & visiting professor at New York University Berlin

Brikena Gisto, director, poet

Sofia Dona, visual artist, architect



15:00 Screening

Thodoris Prodromidis

30yrs1d, 2021

Growing up to the beauty of speed, 2017


Citizenship and community. Session coordination: Daphne Dragonas, curator of visual exhibitions, author

Olga Dimitriou, associate professor of social anthropology at Durham University

Pausanias Karathanasis, PhD in social anthropology, researcher at the University of the Aegean

Sebene Isete, Our Stories platform creator



17: 15 performance:

Danae Sioziou, poet, working in the fields of education and cultural management

Tonia Tzirita Zacharatou, poet, PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Sammy Windrose, PhD research fellow at Leeds University in literature and gender studies

Citizenship and memory. Session coordination: Christos Chrysanthopoulos, historian, Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation

Kristina Gedgaudaite, postdoctoral researcher Marie Curie at the University of Amsterdam

Anna Papaetis, musicologist / scientific director of the ERC CoG MUTE Research Program, Institute of Historical Research / National Hellenic Research Foundation

Erofili Kokkalis, writer

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