Democracy Rising World Conference 2023 - Global Center for Advanced Studies

Democracy Rising World Conference 2023

GCAS has partnered with the School of Economics and Political Science (University of Athens) to host a 3-days world conference in Athens, Greece.


July 16, 2023 - 12:00 am


July 19, 2023 - 10:00 pm


Solonos 57, Athens, Greece



democracy-rising-posterGENERAL/PUBLIC REGISTRATION

This conference is free and open to the public however we are requiring all who attend to register.

For a Master List of Participants please see Democracy Rising Conference INDEX PAGE


Margaret Thatcher’s slogan, “There is no alternative,�? was a declaration of war that installed the horrors of neoliberal policies that have eroded and systematically undermined democratic and public-based projects for more than 30 years.  The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed these neoliberal policies that have paved the way for the rise of an untouchable oligarchical class whose top 80 members now possess more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population. It is now abundantly clear that neoliberalism has accelerated radical inequality and at the same time forced the world to conform to their unquestionable, anti-democratic policies, lest even greater disasters befall us.  Faced with no alternative, on their terms, in 2011 a new series of insurrections began to emerge from the Occupy movement to Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, to Spain, Ireland, and Greece. The recent historic victory of Syriza brings forth the message that citizens must decide their own future, and thus the reassertion of the primacy of politics takes place again in the world. In the wake of Syriza’s victory and the hope it articulates for the world, we propose a conference with academics and activists from the birthplace of democracy, Athens, Greece.  The purpose of the conference is to bring together intellectuals and activists to think through and propose strategic alternatives for democracy and its future.


Conference Greetings by: Alain Badiou (GCAS President), (Central Spokesperson of the Greek Government)  (Greek Minister of Education), (Deputy Minster of Education), (Professor of Political Sociology & Dean of the School of Economics & Political Science, University of Athens)

Plenary Speakers: , Maria Nikolakaki

Featured Speakers: , , , , Creston Davis, , , Sigrid Hackenberg, , , Azfar Hussain, Athina Karatzogianni, , , Claudia Landolfi,  , , , , , Julie Resche, , , , , , , , , , , , Giovanni Tusa, ,, , , ,  and special guests from Syriza and Podemos.

Thematics: Feminist Struggles Under Capitalism Space and Capital Class Struggles in Latin America Struggles for the Commons Incarceration, Capitalism, and Race The Precarious and the Precariat Ecosocialism, Global Justice, and Climate Change Marxist Histories and Theories Capitalist Crisis: Theories and Experiences Neoliberalism and Austerity Measures Philosophy and Political Struggles The Global Debt Crisis Capitalism & Education Democracy & Activism European Union & the Euro-Zone The Rise of Fascism in Europe Neoliberalism and Globalization Uniting the Workers with the Intelligentsia The Hope of Left Governance The Rise of Podemos in Spain Organizing Locally & Globally Inequality & Democracy

Outcome: The Editors of the  have agreed to consider supporting the proceedings for publication.  Some papers will also be considered for GCAS’s new Journal via the GCAS Press as well as for Knowledge Cultures Journal.

Note Location Change: University of Athens, Center of Theoretical Sciences, Solonos 57, Athens.  The conference will be very easy to access simply take the Underground Metro (subway) “Red-Line�? (Line 2) to the Panepistimio Stop.  The conference will be located just to the right behind the main University of Athens Neo-Classical building.  

Organizational Committee: Creston Davis, Maria Nikolakaki, Anghelos Palioudakis, George Souvlis, Bob Drury King, Evi Zevgiti ,Steven A. Panageotou, Michael D Wassell, Salim Nabi, Katerina Anastasiou, Kimon Markatos

Scientific Committee: Alain Badiou, President of GCAS Azfar Hussain, Vice-President and Professor of GCAS Maria Nikolakaki, Professor, University of Peloponnese & GCAS Creston Davis, Director, GCAS  Screen Shot 2023-02-18 at 8.21.04 PM

Accommodations:  All participants are responsible for their own lodging.

Sponsors: , , , , , ,, , , ,






The Following is a list of places to stay during the conference.  These are just suggestions.  Apart from Hotels you may also wish to try Airbnb, Athens which can be found at this .


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  • Athens Odeon Hotel

45 € δίκλινο ανά διανυκτέ�?ευση.

  • President Hotel

ΜΟ�?ΟΚΛΙ�?Α: 67€

ΔΙΚΛΙ�?Α:   73€

ΤΡΙΚΛΙ�?Α:  106€

  • Athinais Hotel

60 € το δίκλινο

  • Astor Hotel

Τιμή ειδική για μονόκλινο 114,00 ευ�?ώ

Τιμή ειδική για δίκλινο 118,00 ευ�?ώ

Τιμή ειδική για τ�?ίκλινο 137,00 ευ�?ώ

Τιμή ειδική για τετ�?άκλινο 150,00 ευ�?ώ

  • Athens Areos Hotel

85,00 € το δίκλινο

  • Stratos Vassilikos Hotel

73€ το δίκλινο

Στην τιμή πε�?ιλαμβάνονται: Γυμναστή�?ιο , Χαμάμ, Σάουνα, δω�?εάν πα�?ασκευή καφέ και τσάι μέσα σε όλα τα δωμάτια

  • Alexandros Hotel

64,00€ το δίκλινο (δω�?εάν πα�?ασκευή καφέ και τσάι μέσα σε όλα τα δωμάτια)

  • Parthenon Hotel

101€ το δίκλινο (δω�?εάν πα�?ασκευή καφέ και τσάι μέσα σε όλα τα δωμάτια)

  • Athens Cypria Hotel

Μονόκλινο          85 ευ�?ώ

Δίκλινο                 104 ευ�?ώ

Τ�?ίκλινο               138 ευ�?ώ

  • Radisson Blu Park Athens

Standard room (double or twin use) € 135,00

Rate includes : free use of fitness center and open air pool . 

  • Art Gallery Hotel

 – Standard 2κλινα (εσωτε�?ικά μπάνια): 80 euros / διανυκτ.

– Δωμάτιο 2κλινο με εξωτε�?ικό ιδιωτικό μπάνιο (δίπλα στο δωμάτιο): 70 euros / διανυκτ.

  • Titania Hotel Athens

85€ το δίκλινο

 Directions from the Airport to Downtown Athens

Athens is a city designed for public transportation.  Getting from the International Airport to Athens is very easy and cost effective.  If you take the Metro (train) it will only cost you 8 Euros.  Here is a list of different ways to accomplish your trip.

You can travel to Athens downtown (University of Athens) by the following means:

By Taxi

You can pick up a taxi from the arrivals level between Exit 2 and Exit 3. A fixed fare applies for the route “Athens airport  – Athens centre�? and vice versa:

– Day time (05:00-24:00)    35 euro
– Night time (24:00-05:00) 50 euro

By Metro

The metro is available between 06:30 in the morning till 23:30 in the evening. It lives from Athens airport metro station every 30 minutes. The trip from Athens airport to the centre of Athens (Syntagma station) takes 40 minutes.

Departure times: 06:33, 07:03, 07:33, 08:03, 08:33, 09:03, 09:33, 10:03, 10:33, 11:03, 11:33, 12:03, 12:33, 13:03, 13:33, 14:03, 14:33, 15:03, 15:33, 16:03, 16:33, 17:03, 17:33, 18:03, 18:33, 19:03, 19:33, 20:03, 20:33, 21:03, 21:33, 22:03, 22:33, 23:03, 23:33.

There are different types of tickets:

  • Ticket for one person (one-way): 8 Euro
  • Ticket for one person (with return): 14 Euro
  • Ticket for 2 persons (one-way only): 14 Euro
  • Ticket for 3 persons (one-way only): 20 Euro
  • Reduced ticket (students age 25-, age 6-18, age 65+): 20 Euro
  • Children up to 6 years old: Free

By Bus

Route X95: Syntagma – Athens Airport

Use this bus if you would like to go the Athens centre (Syntagma square). Many ancient monument are in a walking distance from here: Acropolis and Parthenon, Acropolis museum, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Roman Market and much more.

From Syntagma square you can catch a taxi to anywhere in Athens within reasonable fares. Also, many hotels are located near Syntagma square such as: Athens Plaza, Electra Hotel, Amalia hotel, Hermes Hotel, Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens Cypria, Esperia Palace, Athens Center Square, Cecil Hotel, Plaka Hotel, Athens Way, Titania Hotel….

You may also like to try out these other hotel options:  .



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