Our Faculty

We are all in this together

Our classes and programs are run by a global community of experts from activism, academia, and the arts. We especially welcome trainers and lecturers who build bridges between political theory and practice, grassroots activism and social movement research as well as transformative organizing and artivism.

Our Lecturers & Trainers

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk
Feminist, activist, social and education researcher

Agnieszka is a Polish feminist, activist, social and education researcher holding PhD in Philosophy. Previously, she was a member of the National Board of the Polish political party Razem. She is also a member of the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25). In 2016, Foreign Policy magazine included Dziemianowicz-Bąk on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers for her role in organizing the "black protest" against a total ban on abortion in Poland.

Ann Pettifor
PRIME Economics

Ann Pettifor is best known for her prediction of the Great Financial Crisis in The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2006). In 2008 co-authored The Green New Deal published by NEF. In 2017 Verso published The Production of Money on the nature of money, debt and the finance sector. She is the author of The Case for The Green New Deal (2019). In 2018 the Heinrich Boll Foundation awarded Pettifor the Hannah Ahrendt Prize. She is a Council member of the Progressive Economy Forum and director of PRIME economics – a network of Keynesian macroeconomists. In 2015 the Rt.Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP appointed her to the Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Committee. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle for her work leading an international movement for the cancellation of $150bn of debt owed by 35 low income countries, Jubilee 2000.

Antje Scharenberg
Protest & Movement Researcher (University of St. Gallen) & Activist

Antje Scharenberg is a postdoctoral researcher and activist with a PhD from the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies department at Goldsmiths, University of London, currently at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Her thesis – titled Trans-Europa: Agency Beyond Borders in Alter-European Activist Networks – is based on a 4-years-long ethnographic research project conducted with transnational civil society organisations between 2016 and 2020. As an activist and ethnographer Antje has worked with different civil society actors including European Alternatives and Another Europe Is Possible, with whom she campaigned for a progressive Europe during and after the UK’s EU referendum in 2016.

One of the central questions driving her thesis and her wider research is how we can enact agency in times of border-crossing challenges that arise, for instance, in the context of migration, climate change or digital capitalism. Her research interests include activism and social movements, transnationalism, globalization, alternative media, new municipalism, feminism, ethnography and engaged methodologies. Antje’s work has appeared in English and German media, including openDemocracy, Soundings, Political Critique, Enorm and DIE ZEIT and was presented at both public and academic conferences. She is the series editor of Other Europes for Soundings – A Journal of Politics and Culture.

Clelia Bartoli
University of Palermo

Clelia Bartoli is a Researcher at the Department of Law at the University of Palermo, where she teaches “Human Rights”, “Sociology of Law” and “Ethics and the Market”. She deals with Street Law programs within the Legal Clinic for Human Rights of the University of Palermo. “Polipolis” has designed and conducted an educational experimentation for unaccompanied foreign minors, from which “Giocherenda” was born, a company run by young refugees that invents and builds cooperative games. Among her books: Investigation in Ballarò. The right seen from the margin (Navarra 2019); Racists by law. Italy that discriminates (Laterza, 2012); The theory of subordination and the case of Dalits in India (Rubettino: 2008).

Daphne Büllesbach
Director, European Alternatives

Daphne is the Executive Director at European Alternatives and a member of the Transnational Board. She coordinates and oversees the work program and annual events of EA, the Transeuropa Festival and the Campus of European Alternatives, alternating each year. In 2012 she founded the Berlin office. She is a member of the board of the European Democracy Lab and of the German think tank Institut Solidarische Moderne. In 2017, she co-edited the book Shifting Baselines of Europe: New perspectives beyond Neoliberalism and Nationalism published by transcript.

Emma Biermann
Lead Facilitator
Eva-Maria Bertschy
Freelance Dramaturg at Studio Rizoma

Eva-Maria Bertschy (Switzerland / Germany / Belgium) works as a freelance dramaturg at the intersection of theatre and political activism in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, D.R. Congo and France. With the Swiss director Milo Rau / International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) she has conceived and realised numerous productions, international theatre and documentary film projects, political interventions, congresses and other discursive formats. She also works regularly with the Berlin director Ersan Mondtag, the Congolese choreographer Dorine Mokha and the Swiss musician Elia Rediger. Her projects have won numerous awards, been invited to the most important international theatre festivals such as the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d’Avignon and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and have been shown in more than 20 countries.

Igor Stokfiszewski
Researcher, activist and journalist, Krytyka Polityczna

Igor is a researcher, activist, journalist and artist. He was a participant and initiator of social theatre, community theatre and politically engaged art activities. He cooperated, among others, with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Pontedera, Italy), the German Rimini Protokoll collective, and with the artists: Artur Żmijewski, Paweł Althamer and Jaśmina Wójcik. Co-curator of artistic and social activities in post-industrial spaces: Zakłady. Ursus 2014 [Factory. Ursus 2014] and Ursus – spacer w czasie [Ursus – a Stroll in Time] (2015). He was one of the team members at the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2012). Author of the book Zwrot polityczny [Political Turn] (2009) and co-editor of, among others, the volumes: Built the City. Perspectives on Commons and Culture (2015) and Jerzy Grotowski – Teksty zebrane [Jerzy Grotowski Collected Texts] (2012). Member of the Krytyka Polityczna team (political organisation operating within Poland and Ukraine) and of the “Pracownicy Sztuki” [“Art Workers”] Commission of the Inicjatywa Pracownicza [“Workers’ Initiative”] Trade Union. He’s active in a field of urban and workers’ movements in Poland as well as he participates in transnational activities of social movements on European level. He’s a lecturer at the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.

Igors Štiks
Writer, novelist and researcher

Igor earned his PhD at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and Northwestern University and later worked and taught at the University of Edinburgh and the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade. He is the author of Nations and Citizens in Yugoslavia and the Post-Yugoslav States: One Hundred Years of Citizenship (Bloomsbury, 2015). Together with Jo Shaw he edited the collections Citizenship after Yugoslavia (Routledge, 2013) and Citizenship Rights (Ashgate, 2013), and, with Srećko Horvat, Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia (Verso, 2015). He is also the author of two novels, A Castle in Romagna and The Judgment of Richard Richter (originally published as Elijah’s Chair), which have won numerous awards and have been translated into 15 languages. He was honored with the prestigious French distinction Chevalier des arts et des lettres for his literary and intellectual achievements.

Mary Kaldor
Research Director at the London School of Economics

Mary Kaldor is an Emeritus Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit in the London School of Economics Department of International Development. Professor Kaldor also directs the unit’s largest research project, the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), an international DFID-funded partnership investigating public authority, through a theoretical lens of the political marketplace and the concept of civicness, across a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Tobita Chow
Director, Justice is Global

Tobita has been organizing campaigns for corporate accountability and racial and economic justice in Chicago since 2009. He was a key leader in bringing Moral Mondays to Illinois,  served as Chair of the Board of Directors of The People's Lobby, and has led trainings on the global economy and globalization on 3 continents. He co-founded Justice Is Global. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Master’s of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

David Adler
DiEM25, Policy Coordinator

David is the DiEM25 policy coordinator, based in Athens, Greece. His work focuses on the politics of internationalism: how social movements coordinate across borders, and how international institutions aid or impede those efforts. Previously, he was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at the Colegio de México. His research and writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post, among others. He is the editor of a new volume from Eris Press, A Vision for Europe.

Managing Team

The School of Transnational Activism is run by a project team from European Alternatives, based in Berlin, Paris and Palermo. Get in touch with us if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions.

Niccolò Milanese
Co-Founder & Director, European Alternatives

Niccolò is a philosopher and poet. He is a director of European Alternatives, and co-author of "Citizens of Nowhere: How to save Europe from itself" telling the story of 10 years of activism throughout Europe. He is trustee of ECIT Foundation for European Citizenship in Brussels. Between 2018-20 he was a Marie Curie visiting fellow at PUC-Rio De Janeiro and UNAM Mexico. He is part of the advisory board of the NECE network of civic educators, and has been involved in establishing civil society, cultural and political organisations on each side of the Mediterranean in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings.

Georg Blokus
Grassroots Organizing & Training Manager, European Alternatives, & Director, School of Political Hope

Georg leads the School of Political Hope (SPH), develops ideas, thoughts and concepts for a democratic and solidary future - and most of all likes to bring people together to make them a reality ... He was born near Gdansk in 1987 shortly before the peak of the Solidarnosc movement. He is at home in Berlin, studied psychology at the University of Cologne and discovered theatre and activism as an autodidact.

After his school days, he took his first steps with political youth theatre projects. In 2012, the political show "Hope Dies First" and in 2014 the generational performance "Life in Progress" were invited to the political youth theatre festival Festiwalla at the House of World Cultures in Berlin. His interest in working with "real" people also arose from his work as coordinator for "100 Prozent Köln" (2011) by Rimini Protokoll at Schauspiel Köln. Since then he has developed, produced and realised numerous documentary long-term theatre projects with young people, refugees and professional performers.

From 2014 to 2016 he was artistic-paedagogical director of the Junge Akademie der Künste der Welt/Cologne. In 2015, he staged the war phone transcripts of the Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze and her mother in "Phone Calls from the Cemetery". In 2017, he initiated the SPH – a school supporting progressive citizens, communities, movements, labour unions, and civil society organisations with storytelling, community organising and artivism. Georg works for SPH as a facilitator, organiser, educator, artivist, and consultant.

Georg works as Grassroots Organizing & Training Manager for European Alternatives and is responsible for the projects "Trust Beyond Borders", "Workers Without Borders" and the "School of Transnational Activism".