The revolt of a generation: Euro-mediterranean happening on Education, Welfare and New Political Practices


Rome, May 12th – 13th 

In the last two years we have participated and assisted with extraordinary movements that have fought for a quality education, for labor rights and new welfare against the austerity politics of the European Union. The wild demonstrations, pickets lines and strikes, the university occupations and the turmoil of the Mediterranean signal a generational revolt and the necessity of a new social pact that involves all those subjects that stand up for their rights and refuse to be blackmailed. The huge strikes last autumn in France showed us the possibility of creating an intergenerational alliance, as blockades of production and circulation of goods constitute different aspects of a common struggle. In Rome, as in London, the Book Block was a collective political practice able to speak out about the dismantling of public universities and processes of deskilling. At the same time, the revolts of Maghreb- Mashrek demonstrate how the construction of a future is tightly bound to both the radical claim for democracy and with the necessity of freedom from the parasitic and corrupt power that commands over our lives, universities, schools and workplaces. The recent revolts and movements have crossed national and European borders as well as the limits imposed on education and mobility by Bologna Process to clash with the failure of a strategy we have always opposed. The struggles of these months have indicated that the possibility of radical change can only become concrete through the alliance among the different actors of labor and education, through common and transnational practices guided by those whom put their own bodies and knowledge. We hope to give a common meaning to this new space redefined by the conflicts in which the crises opens new possibilities to create an «other» future. It is for this reason that we want to initiate an open debate about the common projects we want to build together, starting in Rome on 12 and 13th May 2011.



[ Thursday 12th May ]
6 p.m. – Department of Philosophy, Villa Mirafiori

Opening workshop – with: 
Mouhamed Ali Oueled Itaief 
Student of the “École des beaux-arts” in Tunis
Youad Ben Rejeb 
Université Femministe 
Trifi Bassem 
Forum des jeunes pour la citoyenneté et la créativité (FJCC) 
Mondher Abidi Union Diplomées Chomeurs 
Wissem Sghaier 
UGET Union General Etudiant Tunisi 
Uncut UK
Maham Hashni 
Mark Bergfeld 
Education Activist Network
Rita Maestre Fernandez 
Juventud sin futuro
Annalisa Cannito 
Tatiana Kai- Browne 
Plattform Geschichtspolitik

7 p.m.  

Aperitive – Global video session #1
Contributions from education revolt – Book Bloc videos and photos 

[ Friday 13th May ]

10 a.m. – Department of Political Science, University “La Sapienza”
Conflictual knowledge: from Europe to Mediterranean area

3 p.m. – Department of Literature, University “La Sapienza”
Education, Welfare and Precariousness

5 p.m. – Department of Literature, University “La Sapienza”
Labour, income and democracy against the crisis 
With Fiom’ general secretary Maurizio Landini and members of tunisian General Union UGTT.

8 p.m. – ESC (via dei Volsci, 159)


Global video session #2 

Contributions and interviews from Maghreb – Mashrek’ revolts

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