We are proud to present the keynote speakers of our Conference in Athens 25 – 27 October 2019.
Dilar Dirik is from northern Kurdistan (Turkey). She is an activist of the Kurdish women’s movement and writes on the Kurdish freedom struggle for an international audience. More specifically, she focuses her research on the intersections of gender and institutions of power such as nationalism, capitalism, as well as the paradigm of Democratic Confederalism. She holds a PhD at the Sociology Department of Cambridge University.
Brian Tokar is an activist and author, Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, and a board member of 350Vermont and the Institute for Social Ecology. He has lectured across the US and internationally on social ecology and the links between environmental and social movements. He is the author of The Green Alternative, Earth for Sale, and Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change. He has edited the books Agriculture and Food in Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Redesigning Life? and Gene Traders.
Tanya Valiente is a trained sociologist that has worked as human rights observer in Chiapas, Mexico, where she started her own educational project „Balumil“ in cooperation with the autonomous educational system of the Zapatistas. Moreover, she is member of Ya Basta Germany and continuously works in political education projects focused on globalization, global social (in)justice and indigenous resistance.
Laura Roth is a researcher and activist based in Barcelona. She holds a PhD in Political Philosophy and her work focuses on participatory democracy, its relationship with political culture and with the law. As a member of the International Group of Barcelona en Comú, she helps building an international municipalist network.
Joris Leverink is a freelance writer, journalist and managing editor for the online publication ROAR Magazine. He was also columnist for TeleSUR English, correspondent for IPS News Agency and editor at Think Africa Press. He is currently living in Istanbul and holds MSc degree in Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development from the University of London.
Internationalist Commune of Rojava
The Internationalist Commune of Rojava is an organizational structure of internationalists in Rojava. Members of the Internationalist Commune are contributing to the revolution in Northern Syria by working within several different institutions of the Democratic self-administration, but also learning about the reality of a revolution in the 21st century and the paradigm of the Kurdish Freedom Movement as a base of it.
Ines Morales Bernardos
Ines Morales Bernardos is forest engineer and later specialized in agroecology and organic farming. She holds a Phd in social science at Institute of Sociology and Peasant Studies (ISEC), University of Córdoba, Spain. In her research she is looking at urban radical movements and their practices of food autonomy with case studies in Madrid, Athens and Lisbon. As an activist she has been involved in several autonomous movements across Europe.
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