Dr Lazaros Karaliotas

Exploring the Politicising Urban in Times of Crisis: Urban Political Movements and Solidarity Networks in Greece

Funding period: 1 August 2017 – 31 December 2016
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Lazaros’s work is situated at the intersection of debates around the urban and the political. More specifically, he draws from urban political economy, discourse theory and the writings of political philosopher Jacques Rancière to explore the dominant ordering of urban spaces as well as its contestation by urban uprisings and movements. His ongoing research project (also funded by a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant) focuses on the latter aspect and explores the proliferation of grassroots urban movements and solidarity networks in the midst of the ‘Greek crisis’ and in the aftermath of the squares movement. In doing so, the project analyses the political possibilities that such political experiments open up as well as the challenges and limitations they face in foregrounding and instituting an emancipatory urban politics.

Lazaros is taking up a Lecturing position at the University of Glasgow in the summer of 2017.

Recent publications

Featherstone, D., & Karaliotas, L. (2018). ‘Challenging the spatial politics of the European crisis: nationed narratives and trans-local solidarities in the post-crisis conjuncture’, Cultural Studies, 32/2: 286–307. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2017.1354050

Fellowship Publications

Karaliotas, L. (2017). ‘Staging Equality in Greek Squares: Hybrid Spaces of Political Subjectification: Staging Equality in Greek Squares’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41/1: 54–69. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12385

Karaliotas, L. (2017). ‘Performing neoliberalization through urban infrastructure: Twenty years of privatization policies around Thessaloniki’s port’, Environment and Planning A, 49/7: 1556–74. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17699609

Kaika, M., & Karaliotas, L. (2017). ‘Athens’s Syntagma Square reloaded: from staging disagreement towards instituting democratic spaces’. Hou J. & Knierbein S. (eds) City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy. Routledge: New York.

Karaliotas, L. (2016). ‘Towards commoning institutions in, against and beyond the “Greek crisis”’, Soundings: A journal of politics and culture, 64/64: 93–9.

Karaliotas, L., & Bettini, G. (2016). ‘Urban resilience, the local and the politics of the Anthropocene: reflections on the future of the urban environment’. Archer K. & Bezdency K. (eds) Handbook of Cities and the Environment, pp. 65–83. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.

Kaika, M., & Karaliotas, L. (2016). ‘The spatialization of democratic politics: Insights from Indignant Squares’, European Urban and Regional Studies, 23/4: 556–70. DOI: 10.1177/0969776414528928

Kaika, M., & Karaliotas, L. (2014). ‘Spatialising politics: antagonistic imaginaries of indignant squares’. Wilson J. & Swyngedouw E. (eds) The Post-Political and Its Discontents: Spaces of Depoliticization, Spectres of Radical Politics. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh.

Bettini, G., & Karaliotas, L. (2013). ‘Exploring the limits of peak oil: naturalising the political, de-politicising energy: Exploring the limits of peak oil’, The Geographical Journal, 179/4: 331–41. DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12024