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GREESIS: Identity as Action, Lecture Series


Identity as Action

 Lecture Series, Department of Architecture University of Thessaly, 2011

Editors: Phoebe Giannisi, Iris Lykourioti, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis

The effects of the economic crisis in Greece introduced a rupture in the stability of everyday life, bringing us under a state of emergency.

Highlighting and examining this new condition, we invite a series of actions undertaken by political scientists, writers, architects and artists under the title GREESIS. (GREECE+CRISIS=GREECE IS).

Praxis(action) is the root of the word πραγματικότητα(pragmatikotita) in greek, meaning reality. Reality is being formed constantly through the actions of people. Identity in this light is a political entity and corresponds to the way someone acts within the sphere of community.

Taking as a point of reference Hannah Arendt’s book Vita Activa, we are interested to address issues regarding geopolitics, biopolitics, the role of agricultural production, philhellenism, the greek cultural dilhemma between the east and the west and immigration, in order to understand better the connection between Greece and the global economic crisis through its impact in space and social structure.