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My public space: Agora, urban space and citizenship, June 12 Venice

Angeliki Avgitidou, Marcello Balbo, Laura Fregolent, Simona Morini

Coordinators :
Angeliki Avgitidou, SADAS, Assistant Professor, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
Marcello Balbo, Professor, University Iuav of Venice
Laura Fregolent, Associate professor, University Iuav of Venice
Simona Morini, Associate professor, University Iuav of Venice

With the participation of students of the Philosophy course of the University IUAV; Gaia Radaelli (PAX-PATIOS de la Axerquía); Mohammed Salhi, Maria Del Pilar Sanchez (Comune di Venezia); Matelda Bottoni (Consulta per la casa) and Annita Koutsonanou.


The idea that the public sphere contributes to a democratic debate and that the public space is the physical expression of this debate has already been criticised as idealistic and based on a number of exclusions. Issues of access and eligibility, the increased privatisation of public space and its monitoring and control, have rendered the public space less public.

Ideas about what is public and what is private have been put into a political perspective that involves positions on democracy and citizenship and a social perspective that discusses ideas of belonging and being with each other. In a for ever transformed urban landscape that the economic and the refugee crisis have created, artists, architects, philosophers, urban planners and students will be gathering to discuss public space as political space, its role and function, the right to the city, art interventions and the idea of citizenship.

The discussion will employ the format of the agora, with introductory speeches, shorter interventions, actions devised by the students and opportunities for various formats of participation and voting.


Angeliki Avgitidou is Assistant Professor at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Western Macedonia, in Greece and Visiting Professor at Trans Art Institute (NY/Berlin). She has exhibited internationally and was part of the 2015 national representation of Greece at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She has co-edited the book Performance now v.1: Performative practices in art and actions in situ, 2013. http://iamartist.info

Marcello Balbo is Full Professor of Urban planning at Università Iuav di Venezia. Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair «Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants: urban policies and practice». Scientific director of different research projects on the impact of international migration on urban governance. He has contributed to establish the Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanization in the South (N-Aerus). He has authored and co-authored several books, most recently Immigrazione e piccoli comuni, FrancoAngeli, 2015.

Laura Fregolent is Associate Professor of Urban planning at Università Iuav di Venezia. Her research fields are focused on: the analyses of the structural characteristics of urban and territorial transformations and how the uses of land, city and spaces influenced the insurgence of social movements. Recently she has edited Conflitti e territorio, FrancoAngeli, 2014. She is co-director of the journal Archivio di studi urbani e regionali.

Simona Morini is Associate Professor of philosophy of science at the University IUAV in Venice, where she teaches decision theory and philosophy. Her research fields are rationality, uncertainty, risk, social epistemology, philosophy and history of probability. Her most recent book is Il rischio. Da Pascal a Fukushima, Bollati Boringhieri, 2014.

My public space: Agora, urban space and citizenship, June 12 Venice


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