Keynote speakers announced!


We are proud to present the keynote speakers of our Conference in Thessaloniki 1-3 of September!

Read the full program of the conference here!


Brian Morris, London

Keynote speech title: “The legacy of Murray Bookchin”

Brian Morris is emeritus professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths College at the University of London. He is a specialist on folk taxonomy, ethnobotany and ethnozoology, and on religion and symbolism. He has carried out fieldwork among South Asian hunter-gatherers and in Malawi. Groups that he has studied include the Ojibwa. His writings include the books Bakunin: The Philosophy of Freedom (1993), The Anarchist Geographer: An Introduction to the Life of Peter Kropotkin (2012) and Pioneers of Ecological Humanism (2012).


Havin Guneser, Hamburg

Keynote speech title: “From Bookchin to Abdullah Öcalan”

Havin Guneser is a Kurdish writer, journalist, a women’s rights activist, and a spokesperson for the International Initiative Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan-Peace in Kurdistan. She is also a translator and publisher of the works of Abdullah Öcalan, a leading figure of the Kurdish liberation struggle, who has been imprisoned by the Turkish state on Imrali Island since 1999.


Magali Fricaudet, Barcelona

Keynote speech title: “From Human Rights in the City to the Right to the City”

Magali Fricaudet has worked in the NGO sector, as coordinator of Juristes-Solidarités, which works on access to law in the Parisian periphery (2007-2010). From 2010 to 2015 was in charge of local projects with an international dimension at Nanterre City Hall (Paris metropolitan area), working on international relations, memory and inter-cultural issues through citizen projects. Since 2015 she works at UCLG as Coordinator of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights.


Theodoros Karyotis, Thessaloniki

Keynote speech title: “Whose right to the city? Collective subjects and urban conflicts in times of crisis”

Theodoros Karyotis is an independent researcher, translator and social activist based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Trained in sociology and social anthropology, he is active in grassroots movements practicing direct democracy, solidarity economy and defence and self-management of the commons. He has translated many relevant books and articles, and he is a regular op-ed contributor to in English and in Spanish. He is the coordinator of, a multilingual resource on workers’ self-management, and sits on the advisory council of the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology.


Daniel Chodorkoff, Marshfield

Keynote speech title: “From the present situation going forward”

Daniel Chodorkoff is the cofounder and former executive director of the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont. For fifty years now, he has been actively committed to progressive urban and ecological movements. Chodorkoff has a PhD in cultural anthropology from the New School for Social Research, and was a longtime faculty member at Goddard College. he is a life-long activist living in Northern Vermont with his wife and two daughters where he gardens, writes, plays harmonica, and works on environmental justice issues. Chodorkoff is also author of the novel “Loisaida.”


Emet Değirmenci, Seattle

Keynote speech title: “The Right to the City and Social Ecology”

Emet Değirmenci is a co-founder of the Social Ecology Groups in Turkey in the 90s. ( She is an independent researcher in Women and Ecology and published a book, Kadinlar Ecolojik Donusumde (Women’s Activism in Ecological Transformation) in Turkey, 2010. Her writings have appeared at a variety of magazines such as Permaculture Activist in the US and Social Ecology Magazine in Turkey. She has presented her ideas at the World Women’s Congresses and some other conferences at different parts of the world. Emet is now teaching edible ecological landscape skills as well as focusing on her recent book project about food sovereignty.


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