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CANCELED - Space and the Current Crisis of Democracy in Southern Europe

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Stimson Hall, G01
204 East Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Costis Hadjimichalis
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography,
Harokopio University Athens

During the current 10-year crisis in Southern Europe (2008-2018), parallel to terrible socio-economic effects and the mass impoverishment of the population and with important differences from country to country, democracy was suspended and authoritarian non-elected bodies replaced democratic institutions, such as parliaments. I should like to propose to examine these developments from a spatial perspective arguing, first, that the crisis in the Eurozone has its roots in uneven geographical development and second, that undemocratic and authoritarian rule derives from the inability to take geography seriously, to understand the deep relations between spatiality and democracy.

Bio: Costis Hadjimichalis is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Geography, Harokopio University Athens. He previously held a position at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and has been visiting professor at Roskilde University (Denmark), UCLA and Berkeley (USA), Panteion University, Athens (Greece), Oslo National University (Norway), NIRSA (Ireland), Macquarie University (Australia) and Universitá deggli Studi di Padova (Italy). His current research and publications concern uneven geographical development, local and regional development, radical geography, democracy and spatial justice and landscape analysis. He has been section editor of Regional Development for the International Encyclopaedia of Human Geographer, Elsevier. Among his recent books are Space in Left Thought (co-author Dina Vaiou, in Greek 2012), Debt Crisis and Land Dispossession (2014 in Greek, 2016 in German), Geographical Issues suited to non-geographers, (2016 in Greek), Crises Spaces. Structures, struggles and solidarity in Southern Europe, London: Routledge (2017, paperback 2019, modified Greek edition 2018)

Presented by:
Institute for European Studies, Cornell University
Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University


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