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oD, LSE Beyond the squares imagery

The Greek referendum has highlighted the challenges of translating ideas and demands from the squares into policy. Today discussions about the impact of neoliberalism and future of democracy are all around us. The squares movements face enormous challenges in shaping wider political and policy processes, but given recent events whether in Greece, Latin America or Yerevan, it is clear that they are far from ephemeral and that there is always the possibility that movements return to the squares. We invite you to join the debate. Armine Ishkanian, our LSE host, introduces the project...»


For too long we have regarded participation and representation as mutually exclusive. Read on»

  • Buket

    Der Grigorian

    A conversation between activists in Armenia and Turkey, on what they can learn from each other, protesting, nationalism, symbolism, the media, and Nor Zartonk. Read on»

    A taste of
    Squares and

    A medley of voices from the Day Two debrief on the LSE seminar. Listen»

    Looking to

    From Gezi Park
    to today

    The Turkish general elections of June 2015 yielded two important results exposing the social transformations that have occurred in the last few years. Read on»

    The new wave
    of protests in

    Since 2010, protests sparked by civic initiatives have become very common in Armenia’s capital Yerevan and, to a lesser extent, in the smaller cities of Gyumri and Vanadzor. Read on»

    Squares and

    Get your overview of the event: Squares and Beyond storified. Read on»

    Christina Psarra

    Robin McAlpine

    On the eve of the 2015 Greek bailout referendum, Robin McAlpine of Scotland’s Common Weal and researcher Christina Psarra from Greece, sat down to discuss radicalized generations, alternative spaces, and the need for solidarity. Read on»

    Ludovica Rogers

    Greek and Spanish activists advise against too much faith in political parties. Read on»

    Hong Kong's
    angry millennials

    In this exclusive interview, the Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong tells us why his struggle for democracy isn’t over. But he's not without his critics within the movement. Read on»

    We interview
    the organisers

    Armine Ishkanian and Marlies Glasius reflect on their research and their hopes for this event. Read on»

  • TTIP, enclosure
    & the commons

    "What I am doing is fighting enclosure. This way of objectifying reality, of not being ‘with’ things, not being with nature, not being with the earth, not being with the ‘other’…" Tim Flitcroft in interview. Read on»

    Thomas Davies

    I think we see four different pathways to failure in the Arab uprisings which are well worth examining. Read on»

  • A three-way
    conversation in
    Istanbul, 2013

    Resisters from Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia came together on Gezi Radyo to compare experiences, discuss ways to cooperate and debate how to build a better future. Listen»

    Renewing the Latin American connection

    Stephanie Erin Brewer, Noam Titelman and Jean Tible in conversation about whether we are on the eve of a richer, two-way relationship between their continent and Europe. Read on»

    Fazila Bhimji

    A glimpse of refugee movements in Berlin and Los Angeles. Read on»

  • A new

    How did Spain's activist-politicians first get onto the ballot paper? Spain's media should take note - through their roots in prominent local struggles and willingness to spearhead radical democratic participation. Read on»

    Social movement in Chile and
    the call for a constitutional assembly

    By de-demonizing the signifier ‘communism’ we can open new ways to think about the explosive combination of popular actors questioning the legitimacy of democracy and the figure of the State. Read on in English» and Español»

    A new type
    of Labour

    The radical left has grown from a few tiny bubbles into a network capable of winning the Labour leadership. To win the country, it must keep expanding. Read on»

    The fight for
    the square:
    Tahrir, Taksim,
    Wall Street, Sol

    “The fight for the square is turning people into something new, whatever one thinks of what can happen after…”, a conversation with Annalena di Giovanni. From the oD archive»

    David Graeber
    on Occupy
    Wall Street

    On playing by the rules – the strange success of #OccupyWallStreet From the oD archive»

    Tahrir Square
    as a meme

    Certain tropes of struggle are spreading mimetically between movements against poverty, corruption and austerity measures. The Tahrir Square meme has been taken up across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. From the oD archive»

    Matthew Linares

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