The ERC-funded Egalitarianism Project hosted by the University of Bergen aims at a multi-dimensional critical approach to the issue of Egalitarianism. The concept of Egalitarianism is extraordinarily broad, as is the no less nebulous ideal of equality, having virtually ontological value in modern Euro-American thought, increasingly so globally.
How is egalitarianism negotiated and enacted in marginalized groups? What are the possible egalitarian dimensions of anonymous commentaries on digital fora? How is egalitarianism reflected in questions of gender and sexuality? What are the egalitarian potentials of technology?
These are only a few of the questions raised at the kick-off workshop of the ERC-funded research project “Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons” that took place on June 2nd -3rd 2014 at the House of Literature in Bergen. 24 national and international researchers participated in an intense program, exchanging ideas and research findings related to the ambitious questions of concern to the project.
In September 2014 Postdoctoral fellows Theodoros Rakopoulos and Alessandro Zagato were appointed to the Egalitarianism project.
Theodoros Rakopoulos is a social anthropologist with a PhD from Goldsmiths. His research interests include cooperatives, the dialectics between ‘community’ and economy, and the social arrangements of land reform and food activism. He has carried out fieldwork on rural anti-mafia cooperatives in Sicily (2008-9) focusing on land restitution, neighbourliness and labour relations, and on the anti-middleman movement of food distribution side-lining market brokers during the Greek crisis (2013-ongoing). Rapopoulos has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is currently completing a monograph on “Antimafia Cooperatives”. Future projects include exploring the relationship of anthropological and fictional writing.