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Unlearning Talks Webcast

Thursday, September 17, 2020

16.00 GMT / 17.00 CEST / 18.00 EEST

Putting people first: The new stresses of sociocultural practice in a post pandemic world

In almost every country of South Eastern Europe cultural life has taken a hit in one way or another, in terms of both social and economic impact. The covid-19 pandemic has exposed some structural vulnerabilities within and between countries. Within countries, the pandemic has further revealed inequalities facing vulnerable groups, in particular women, refugees and people with disabilities. The line-up of speakers in this talk will reveal their experiences adapting to the new conditions and offer valuable insights on how to surpass obstacles and always keep putting people first.


Featured Speakers

Stela Anastasaki, Mind’s Eye, Greece

Katerina Antoniou, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus

Maria Botsoglou, Artist, Greece

Iskra Geshoska, Kontrapunkt, North Macedonia

Myrto Papadogeorgou, Drastic Awareness Campaigns, Greece


Moderator: Maria-Louiza Laopodi, Project Manager START 


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Stela Anastasaki

Minds' Eye

Stela Anastasaki is a cultural manager residing in Thessaloniki since 2000. Her professional experience derives mainly from her employment in the cultural sector and more specifically museums, cultural and educational institutions in Thessaloniki. She has studied Archaeology, holds an MA in History of Art (A.U.Th.) and is the project manager of the newly introduced initiative Mind’s Eye, aiming to enable the accessibility of people with vision impairment in the experience of art and culture. Her aspiration is that the right to experiencing culture, become part of our daily life and be as easy and natural for all people.

Katerina Antoniou

University of Central Lancashire

Dr. Katerina Antoniou is a lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus. She holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Clark University, an MSc in International Relations Theory from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in International Peacebuilding from the University of Central Lancashire. Dr. Antoniou specializes in peacebuilding and conflict resolution research. Recent publications examine identity securitization, intergroup interaction, and visitation in post-conflict societies. She has received training on higher education, mediation, and cross-cultural facilitation. She has acted as a reviewer for the ICLAIM Social Mediation Handbook (2018), and has written about Social Mediation and the Cyprus conflict in various media. She has been involved in the delivery of social mediation training throughout Cyprus, and in the development of a nationwide Social Mediators Network. Dr. Katerina Antoniou is a Fulbright Alumna.

Maria Botsoglou


Maria Botsoglou was born in Thessaloniki. She studied music theory, piano and was a member at Cyril and Methodius and Panagouda choirs. She has also participated as a composer in different music festivals for disabled people. She holds a Master in Tourism Management from the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki. Last year she was involved in a project for the participation of people with special needs at cultural events in Thessaloniki and other EU Countries. Currently, she is working on an idea, which aims to create a travel agency as a social enterprise for disabled tourists.

Myrto Papadogeorgou

Drastic Awareness Campaigns

Myrto Papadogeorgou is an independent audiovisual producer and filmmaker from Greece with 16 years of experience. Most of her work is focused on the topics of civic engagement, sustainability and social innovation while exploring ways to generate social impact through new media formats.
In 2019 Myrto joined START-Create Cultural Change to develop Drastic Awareness Campaigns, a series of campaigns that experiment with unconventional participatory methods of raising civic awareness in Greece.
During that time she founded 
Drastic, a sociocultural organization that collaborates with the public and private sector to raise awareness on important social, environmental and civic issues through disruptive awareness campaigns.

Iskra Geshoska

North Macedonia

Iskra Geshoska is founder and a president of Kontrapunkt ( Since 1994 she is active in the building of the Independent cultural sector and the contemporary, self-organized formats of action in the socio-cultural context. She contributes to the local, national and international affirmation of the independent cultural sector and its political relevance. Her key focus is the development of critical thinking and critical theories, as well as the relationship of cultural and artistic practices and the political. In 2016 she established KRIK – festival for critical culture and she is executive program editor and from 2002 till 2010 she was Director of the independent Cultural center “Tocka” in Skopje. In 2013 she initiated the advocacy process for developing the new institutional model of public – civil partnership, for a sustainable hybrid and democratic institution of culture. The institution now is established and works as the first of that kind in Republic of North Macedonia, and she is in its program board. Additionally, she is a member of general assembly of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, and she was in two mandates a member of the Advisory Board of the regional platform of the Independent cultural sector KOOPERATIVA. In 2017 she was engaged by the Ministry of culture of the Republic of North Macedonia as expert in writing the National Strategy for culture. Besides her theoretical and socio-cultural practices, she has rich and intense activist engagement and participates in almost all activist processes which contribute to the development and democratization of the society. She advocates for inter-sectoral cooperation and insists on deep social and political rottenness of cultural and artistic creation. To date she has published over 100 essays and research papers in the field of critical theory, performing arts, visual arts and cultural policies. And she loves to cook.