Athens 2017 - Contested Cities

Academics CVs for Seminar and Workshops

Michael JanoschkaUniversity Academic Fellow for Critical Urban Transformations at the School of Geography, University of Leeds (UK), coordinator of the international network Contested Cities

Michael Janoschka is University Academic Fellow for Critical Urban Transformations at the School of Geography, University of Leeds (UK). His research focuses on: (a) comparative approaches to gentrification, displacement and dispossession in the contemporary city; (b) social exclusion, financialisation of housing markets and urban contestation; (c) migration, citizenship and the transformation of local politics in post-crisis scenarios. His regional expertise comprises Latin American and Southern European cities, with a special focus on Madrid and Athens. For more than 15 years he has been developing extensive research in Latin America, especially in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico.


Kaiti (Ekaterini) DiamantakouAgathou, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Studies, Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Her scientific and educational work, as well as her academic publications and communications focus on ancient Greek, tragic and comic, theatre and its reception by the modern, Greek and international, playwriting and stage practice. Webspages: και


Georgia AlexandriPost-doctoral research fellow, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Georgia Alexandri is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). She is interested in researching urban processes of dispossession that deprive people from exercising the right to the city. Her current interests focus on processes of housing financialisation, looking on the way household debt is increasingly becoming an investment vehicle.


Evdokia Delipetrou, Theatre studies researcher, doctoral candidate, Department of Theatre Studies , University of Athens (her thesis is on the stage mechanisms of Greekness in the National Theatre of Greece.

As a researcher and a dramaturg she has participated in several research and practical theatre projects, and she has been a member of Omada7 theatre group since 2015. In 2017 she took part in the project It happened in Greece at the National Theatre of Greece. She is also a member of the organising committee of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama (Arc-Net).

Theatre projects: The Great Idea – It happened in Greece (National Theatre of Greece, Athens, 2017), Chronos / Topos  – (Out)topias, Performance and public / outdoor Space (Omada7, Benaki Museum,Athens, 2016, G. Kazantzaki, Eno to polio taxidevi (While the ship sails) (Cacoyiannis Foundation, Omada7, 2015), Y. Mavritsakis, To Tyflo simeio (The Blind Spot) (PESYTH Theatre Space, Athens, 2014), Diafores ypo kataskevi (Differences under construction) – A stage synthesis on otherness, Kalouta Theatre and @ Rouf Theatre, Athens, 2011.

Research projects: Work in Progress Forum III / Annual Meeting 2017, Arc-Net (European

Network of research and documentation of performances of ancient Greek drama), Lavrion- Sounion, 2017,  Digitization and promotion of the Greek National Theatre archive (Institute of Language and Speech Processing and National Theatre of Greece) 2007-2009, Theatriko Analogio 2005 (Theatre readings 2005), Athens, 2005


Paul RoutledgeProfessor of Contentious Politics and Social Change at the School of Geography, University of Leeds

Paul Routledge is Professor of Contentious Politics and Social Change at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. His research interests include critical geopolitics, climate change, social justice, civil society, the environment, and social movements. He has long-standing research interests concerning development, environment and the practices of social movements in the Global South, particularly South Asia and Southeast Asia, and in the Global North. In particular, his research has been concerned with two key areas of interest: the spatiality of social movements in the Global South and Global North; and the practical, political and ethical challenges of scholar activism


Leonidas Papadopoulos, Theatre director and actor

 He was awarded his doctorate from Kings College London in 2016 (He was awarded the PhD studentship by Onassis Foundation and the Greek State Scholarship Foundation). His credits, as a director, include a string of critically acclaimed productions such as Endgame by Samuel Becket, Little Eyolf  by Henrik Ibsen, The Double Bass by Patrick Suskind, Bury the Dead by Irwin Shaw, The Thrill of Love by Amanda Wittington, La Cocinera by Eduardo Machado. Leonidas was the dramaturg of Aeschylus’ Persians directed by Nikaiti Kontouri at the National Theatre of Northern Greece opening at Epidaurus Theatre Festival in August 2015. In 2017 participated as a dramaturgical adviser in National Theatre of Greece’ history project It happened in Greece


Nicholas Salazar SutilAcademic Fellow in Digital Performance at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds (UK)

Dr Nicholas Salazar Sutil is a Chilean author, researcher and digital artist. His work is transdisciplinary, and focuses on various aspects of movement including: movement and representation (writing, notating, mathematizing movement); movement and social agency (social choreography, psycho-geography, walk-talk) and movement as ecocultural form of mediation. He is the author of many books, essays, and creative writing works. He is currently University Academic Fellow in Digital Performance at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds (UK).

Left Hand Rotation

Artistic Collective (Lisbon, Portugal)

Left Hand Rotation is an artistic collective that since 2005 has been developing projects that articulate intervention, appropriation, recording and video. Since 2010 they have developed the project “Gentrification is not a name of a lady”, which addresses the problems associated with the processes of gentrification, using methodologies which combine information, artistic practice and direct action, based on observation and theoretic and academic study. Between December 2010 and April 2017, with a format of a workshop “Gentrification is not a name of a lady”  has been shared for free and adapted in twelve cities, which in chronological order are: Bilbao (Spain), Gijón (Spain), Sao Paulo (Brasil), Brasilia (Brazil), Madrid (Spain), Valencia (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Bogota (Colombia) , Mexico City (Mexico) and Porto (Portugal).


Rouven Rech (Berlin, Germany)

Rouven Rech has committed himself to the genre of documentaries. Since 2001 he has studied documentary film and graduated as a director with diploma at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. After being awarded a grant by the DAAD, he studied at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires for one year. Moreover, the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg enabled him to join the International School of Cinema in Cuba for six months, while the Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung NRW granted him a research stay to Ethiopia. As director, he realised a feature-length documentary on the Trans-Kalahari-Highway for the TV-channel SWR. He has produced several feature documentary films for the German public television and theatrical release as director and producer. His documentaries have been awarded with special merits at international and national film festivals. The latest films have been nominated for the German Film Award and the Grimme-Preis. (“No land’s song“ and “Hoffenheim – Das Leben ist kein Heimspiel“).