Citizenship, Orientalism and the Commons

Thursday, 26 September 2013 (All day) - Saturday, 28 September 2013 (All day)

This event takes theatre to be a laboratory for the performances of critical political imaginaries on citizenship. Its conceptual core is a dialogue and translation between art, politics, and economics with a critical reflection on acts and practices of public engagement, common property, gift, debt, and co-work. Bringing together scholars, artists and activists the event explores participatory forms of knowledge production, livelihood, civic action and resistance in and outside Europe through collective rehearsals, discussions and staged film performances. The Teatro Valle Occupato becomes our stage in which such political, ethical and aesthetic experiments are tested and played out. This event is organised by the Oecumene project and Teatro Valle Occupato, in collaboration with ilSaggiatore, with special thanks to Jean Matthee for her invaluable contribution.

 Art and video contributions by: mp5, Michelle Rogers, Krystof Berdnarski


 Day 1     WEDNESDAY - 25 September

18.30–19.00        Dario Gentili and Andrea Mura: Citizenship, Orientalism and the Commons Presentation

                            Introducing Oecumene Team and The Valle

19.00-20.00         Wine Reception


Day 2    THURSDAY - 26 September

Commons and Commoners inside/outside Europe

10.30 – 13.30      Round Table: Citisenship and the Commons

                            - Teatro Valle and Quinto Stato

                            - Oecumene Team: (speakers: Iker Barbero, Jack Harrington, Aya Ikegame, Alessandra

                             Marino, Andrea Mura, Zaki Nahaboo, Dana Rubin, Leticia Sabsay).

14.30 – 15.30      Engin Isin: The Other Commons: Islamic origins of property ‘held in trust’

 15.30 – 16.30      Q&A

 17:00 – 19:00      General Discussion


Day 3     FRIDAY - 27 September
Acts of Citizenship as Resistance

11.00 – 12.30      Workshop: ‘Urban practices and experiences’ [Nuovo Cinema Palazzo / Macao /

                            Metropoliz / Teatro Rossi Aperto / Mezzocannone Occupato]

14:30 – 15:30      Costas Douzinas: Philosophy and Resistances in the Mediterranean

15:30 – 16.30      Discussant: Maria Rosaria Marella. Followed by Q&A.

17.00 – 18.00      David Harvey: Rebel Cities and the Contradictions of Capital

18.00 – 18.30      Discussant: Giacomo Marramao. 

18.30 – 19.30      General Discussion


Day 4     SATURDAY - 28 September

Symposium on Grassroots art and activist organizations

10:30 - 13:00    Round Table: Participatory labor and art as strategy of urban-based resistance;

                         In  conversation with Costas Douzinas, David Harvey and Engin Isin.                      

                         With: Cristina Rizzo, Luigi Coppola and Marzia Migliora, Art you lost? (group project by     

                         lacasadargilla, Santasangre, Muta Imago, Matteo Angius), mp5, Dagmawi Yimer.

                       Chaired by: Massimiliano Mollona e Teatro Valle Occupato

                       (Curated by Jean Matthee, Massimiliano Mollona, Andrea Mura and Teatro Valle Occupato) 

 14.30 – 17.00      Collettive action: Urban Adrift


UltraBodies. Life and Space beyond the Metropolis

To be held at Nuovo Cinema Palazzo

 18.30 – 19.00      Wine Reception.

 19.00                   In conversation with David Harvey, Costas Douzinas and Engin Isin.

                            With Davide Barletti and Lorenzo Conte (FluidVideoCrew), Dimitri Deliolanes

                            (Greek journalist and writer), Carlo lo Giudice and Sara Zavarise (Zalab);

                            coordinated by: Nuovo Cinema Palazzo.


                            Film screenings: 

                            The Right of Passage, by Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler

                            (HD film, 19 min, 2013, courtesy of Galleria Artra, Milan)

                            Le Voragini di San Berillo, by Carlo Lo Giudicezalab, ZaLab

                            Carmine – voci da un quartiere, by Sara Zavarise, ZaLab

                            Grecia 2011. Il Debito della democrazia, by Davide Barletti, FluidProduzione




The event is free. Registration not required.
Oecumene Project - Teatro Valle - ENG.pdf180.29 KB

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

This website is maintained by the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University · Website privacy at the OU

Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)ERC: European Research CouncilThe Open University