For a future beyond the nation-state

Through lectures, participatory courses, open spaces and public event, the first cycle of three workshops starting in June 2019 explores these questions with 26 activists from all over Europe. We will mix expert input and theoretical reflection with hands-on experience, peer-to-peer learning and sharing of strategies and concrete examples of innovative transnational initiatives. We will create together a model for the School that will shape its future!


Explore and examine the ways in which citizens, social movements, political parties, protest groups, trade unions and others already act beyond borders and foster a new vision of Europe beyond the nation-state

Build the in-person relationships that can become a community of knowledge and practice articulating and strengthening an ambitious discourse against the failing status quo and nationalist retrenchment

Communicate the ideas we generate together into articles, podcasts or videos and directly organise a number of public sessions that can engage a wider audience and be presented at the Transeuropa Festival 2019 in Palermo


The program will feature a variety of speakers: academics, activists and trainers who have been active in promoting a transnational vision of Europe and the world.

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.

Zoe Gardner
Policy Advisor, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Zoe is a researcher and dedicated campaigner for the rights of all migrants and refugees in the UK and across Europe. Since January, she is a Policy Advisor at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), one of the leading organisations representing migrant rights in the UK. She brings expertise on migration issues to her campaigning with the left-wing anti-Brexit group Another Europe is Possible and the UK Stop Trump Coalition.

Previously, she has carried out research and volunteered extensively with grassroots movements assisting migrants and refugees in Athens and Lesvos. Her previous jobs include communications and policy posts at Asylum Aid and the Race Equality Foundation in London and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles in Brussels.

Particular areas of current interest include, routes to regularisation and inclusion of undocumented migrants in the UK; the impact of Brexit and the end of EU Freedom of Movement on British migration policy; and the role of the UK and the EU on the global level of migration management accords and influence.

Lorenzo Marsili
Founder, European Alternatives

Lorenzo is the founding director of transnational organisation European Alternatives and one of the initiators of pan-European movement DiEM25. He has previously worked in publishing and was founding editor of the cultural quarterly Naked Punch. He is an active commentator and public speaker internationally. Lorenzo is also co-author of the book, Citizens of Nowhere.

Elly Schlein
Member of the European Parliament
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.

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.

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.

Niccolò Milanese
Founder, 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 (Zedbooks, London 2018). He is trustee of ECIT Foundation for European Citizenship in Brussels, and a director of INSTAR: Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism in Havana, Cuba. Between 2018-20 he is 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.

Martin Pairet
Capacity Building Manager, European Alternatives

Martin is in charge of capacity building at European Alternatives. He is in charge of the development of the transnational network of the organisation and of member communications and organising. Martin has been working in the non-profit sector for more than eight years with experience in membership development, communications and fundraising in international organisations such as IFOAM – Organics International and Oxfam France. He is also engaged as a member of SOS Méditerranée, a civic, European organisation for the rescue of people in distress in the Mediterranean and of MitOst, an international network of cultural actors and active citizens. He has a strong interest on how activists and civil society organisations are articulating and organising themselves to influence European politics both at the grassroots and at the institutional level.

Marta Cillero
Communications Manager, European Alternatives

Marta is responsible of EA communications. Graduated in Media Studies, Journalism and Communication. Background in Gender Studies, previously she interned with Anushay Hossain as community manager and research assistant . For two years she has monthly reported for United Explanations and other Spanish blogs. She has volunteer for many years with different NGOs and she has experience assisting in Data Journalism Research Projects.

Maria Laura Mitra
Administration Coordinator, European Alternatives

Maria Laura Mitra works in the Administration team within European Alternatives. She’s a Psychology student, majoring in Social and Community Psychology. She’s also a students’ rights activist, a feminist and a LGBTQIA+ issues advocate. Main interests involve grassroots participation, civic engagement and community development, alongside gender issues and the challenges of the urbanization and public space. She’s also invested in group facilitation and intercultural dialogue.