This blog features interviews with scholars of East-Central and Southeastern Europe (including the Ottoman Empire and Turkey), Russia and the Soviet Union in which they offer their views on the past, present and future of the region. It also includes—under the heading "History in the Making"—original articles on the region and interviews with individuals there who are engaged in political activism or are otherwise living through events as they unfold.
Interviews with Alexandra Tsekeri and Dimitris, neighborhood assembly members and political activists in Athens, Greece.Interviews conducted in Athens, Greece on January 12, 2013.
These are the first in an informal series called "History in the Making," which includes interviews with individuals who are engaged in political activism or are otherwise living through events unfolding in East-Central and Southeastern Europe.
PART I: Alexandra Tsekeri (in a cafe)
neighborhood assemblies and their activities (1:30)
The nature of the Pangrati (Παγκράτι) neighborhood of Athens (3:42)
On how politics can be
"read" from someone's appearance (8:45)
What is the "ideal
community" that members of neighborhood assemblies are trying to create?
On Tsekeri's experiences in New York and why she came back to
On events in Athens since
2008 and why she got involved in the neighborhood assembly (25:15)
Tsekeri speaks of her
views on the Occupy movement in New York (30:50)
What was different about
the protests at Syntagma Square 2010/2011 (34:40)
Tsekeri's views on the
state and what it should (or shouldn't) do (41:57)
The differences in the
political climate in different cities in Greece--Athens, Ioannina, Thessaloniki,
international influences on Tsekeri's political views and activism (50:54)
What are the functional
alternative models to mainstream politics in Greece and elsewhere? (53:50)
On what the neighborhood
assemblies do (58:25)
What is the goal of
neighborhood assemblies in terms of community involvement? (1:14:05)