Earliest political memory of the day #28

You made me think … “Today I am becoming a pioneer and I give my promise that I will be … and do …” I cannot remember what exactly I […]

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Earliest political memory of the day #27

Here is what I remember from when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old and living in a small village near Annecy in France: my dad shouting at the […]

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Earliest political memory of the day #26

I understand ‘political awareness’ in a very broad sense early on…..my father was a very abusive man and there was a lot of domestic violence in my home when I […]

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Writing across borders

Exploring the relationship between childhood and public life: Collaborative writing across disciplines, countries, and technologies

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The referendum in Greece and the reflexes of social scientists

Melissa Nolas and Christos Varvantakis question some of the epistemological issues of social scientists reacting immediately to public events

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Boys, football and politics: Children in Political Campaign Ads

As the election in Greece approaches, a tense atmosphere has overtaken the city of Athens. Political ads, of any form and medium, are flooding the public discourse, as is to be expected in pre-election times, let alone in the context of such a crucial election. Among the television ads of political parties, unsurprisingly, there are some that depict children.

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Research Encounters with Activism and Solidarity Movements in Athens

Since I came to Athens and started  fieldwork for the Connectors Study, I have been engaged into researching (and trying to make sense of) activism and solidarity movements here. There are […]

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A Very Particular Kind of Park

As I am settling in Athens for fieldwork, I often find myself passing through a small charming park in Navarinou street, in Exarchia. I have undertaken some exploratory visits in […]

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Primary Education and Austerity Cuts in Greece

  Our field visit in Athens (with Sevasti-Melissa Nolas) took off with a couple of very constructive meetings. We ‘ve met and discussed our project sampling and methodology with our local advisory […]

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Athens, in the Midst of Crisis

The socio-cultural effects of the financial crisis have also reanimated an active engagement in public life and political talk

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