“Grey or colourful?”
The Graffiti Crew is one Case Study of the Frankfurt Team and was involved in an action research project.
On May 21st 2017, Janet Batsleer was a key note speaker at an event organised by Activist Childcare in Brussels. The event was organised alongside the organisation for street workers based in Brussels, Dynamo International to launch a new publication: ‘Filles et autre minorise- e-s. Les jeunes commes les autres? Vers un travail de jeunesse accessible à tou-te-s’ Continue reading →
From 9th to 12th May 2017, the fifth consortium meeting of Partispace took place in Bologna, one of the 8 major European cities where the fieldwork of the project is carried out. The department of educational sciences of the University of Bologna was welcoming the meeting which is marking the start of the third year of PARTISPACE project. Continue reading →
McMahon, Gráinne and Batsleer, Janet
There are well-established historical trends that show that new and emerging forms of media are able to disrupt and then transform political and social opinion and discourse and have the capacity to break down social hierarchies in order to challenge dominant socio-cultural and political norms. Social media or “new digital media” are part of this trend and influence a reshape of socio-cultural and political norms, practices and discourses through awareness-raising, activism, and debate. Recent research has found that social media have considerable potential to engage, empower and activate young women in particular. These online spaces are often women-only and explicitly feminist (‘safe spaces’) and central to political and social activism in terms of women’s rights. The question remains, however, about how that effect evolves, and intersects with more traditional forms of activism, and ‘how and under what conditions these new digital platforms relate to citizen activism and protest politics’ (Valenzuela, 2013, p. 921).
Drawing on historic accounts of women-led spaces and public activism as generative of feminist movement, as well as accounts of contemporary online activism drawn from our current research in Manchester and Ireland, this paper explores how ‘safe enough spaces’ are mobilised for political and social activism and perspectives on the impacts of such spaces on political and social change.
Frankfurt “Sprayer” Group
The “sprayers” are an informal group who emerged from the shared youth cultural interest in doing graffiti. Basically, the core group consists of six young men in the age of 20 years up to mid-twenties. All of them are involved in work, apprenticeship or studies and are therefore only able to meet at the weekends. Graffiti is often perceived as vandalism, but for the graffiti sprayers it is a form of participation.
Portrait of Tandem – mentor for employment; a non-governmental organisation located in Rennes, France.
Tandem, mentor for the employment, was officially created in February 2014. It is a citizens’ response to the socio-professional difficulties of integration met by young graduates. Considered autonomous and sufficiently strong equipped to look for a job, they are however increasingly and often alone facing well-known problems related to unemployment. Continue reading →