Community Economies in Action: A Practice Retreat

The Community Economies Institute announces its first Practice Retreat - Community Economies in Action.

The retreat will be held 12-19 July 2023, in the Italian Alps (in Rovereto, Vallagarina Valley, Italy).

The Practice Retreat is for practitioners from diverse fields (e.g., agroecology, art and design, urbanism, food transformation, crafts, pedagogy, co-housing) as well as practice-oriented PhD students and researchers with a participatory, activist approach.

LIVIANA 2022

Today may have been the last day of the Community Economies Research Network's (CERN) third LIVIANA International Online Conference but there is more to come.

The recordings of each session are currently being processed and will soon be available on the CEI YouTube Channel as a playlist, and joining other playlists, including the 2021 LIVIANA Conference playlist.

CEI 2023 Summer/Winter School

The Community Economies Institute announces the 2023 Summer/Winter School.

Researching Postcapitalist Possibilities, 20 to 29 June 2023

Expressions of Interest are being called for. Closing date, 18 November 2022.

The Summer/Winter School is for PhD students, early career researchers and others. It engages with the foundational concepts and tools that community economies scholars have been using to envision and enact postcapitalist economies. It explores connections with longer traditions that also value collectivity and interdependence.

RSA, CEE Conference

The contribution of community economies scholars to enriching understandings of diverse economic practices in Central and Eastern Europe was acknowledged during the closing plenary of the recent Regional Studies Association 2022 Central and Eastern Europe Conference in Leipzig, Germany.

In her closing comments, Petya Slavova, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Sofia University, Bulgaria, highlighted the importance of conference presentations “based on PhD research projects and locally developed projects that explore processes, including cultural processes, that lead to non-capitalist and diverse economies.”

Mapping Below the Waterline

A four-day event on 5 to 8 October in Helsinki, Finland opens with the launch of the fourth book in the Rehearsing Hospitalities series, which is published by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and Archive Books (and can be downloaded free-of-charge here).

The publication, Rehearsing Hospitalities Companion 4 asks, What are the possibilities and limitations of hospitality? How escapable are the imbalances of power instilled in hospitality? Should we instead be “rehearsing” redistribution?

Huritanga: 10 Years of Transformation

In the ten years since the devastating Canterbury earthquakes resulted in 80 per cent of the buildings in central Ōtautahi Christchurch being demolished, a charitable trust has supported more than 700 projects focused on place-making and urban wellbeing.

The work of Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) is being celebrated with an outdoor exhibition along Cashel St Mall in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 13 to 29 September 2022, and the upcoming launch of a book, Huritanga: 10 Years of Transformational Place-Making.

Planet Abundance

Community economies artists and practitioners have made an important contribution to the fifteenth edition of Documenta, the 100-day exhibition that takes place in the German city of Kassel every five years and that closes on Sunday 25 September.

Documenta fifteen was curated by the Jakarta-based collective ruangrupa who based this year’s documenta on the values and ideas of lumbung, the Indonesian word that directly translates as rice barn and is used to refer to a communal building in rural Indonesia where a community’s harvest is gathered, stored and distributed according to jointly determined criteria as a pooled resource for the future.

Drawing Sessions at documenta fifteen

There is a strong theme of community economies running through this year’s documenta fifteen in the City of Kassel (in Germany), and this has been brought to the fore through the contribution of the Rural School of Economies, an initiative being run by Kathrin Böhm from the Community Economies Institute and Wapke Feenstra from Myvillages.

Zoom Call

The Community Economies Research Network (CERN) is holding its third LIVIANA International Online Conference, 31 October to 11 November 2022.

LIVIANA is a decentralised series of exchanges and symposia that runs for two weeks, providing an opportunity for CERN members to connect and share.

The event is based on the sense of openness, free-floating train of thought, and cheerful spirit that the Spanish term liviana connotes.

Encyclopedia of the Social and Solidarity Economy

Community Economies Research Network (CERN) members are among the contributors to a new encyclopedia on the social and solidarity economy, with Caroline Shenaz Hossein part of the editorial team.

Hossein says “I was one of the many editors, with Dr Ilcheong Yi and his awesome team, and I am so proud that so many feminists, Global South and Black scholars are cited here in a book on the social and solidarity economy.”

“This encyclopedia reflects how the social and solidarity economy has gained currency across the world, over the past two decades, as a crucial approach to promoting human well-being, social justice and economic and sustainable development.”

Andrew Zitcer, Practicing Cooperation

Andrew Zitcer’s recent book, Practicing Cooperation: Mutual Aid Beyond Capitalism, draws on his experiences with food, health-care and arts cooperatives to explore the central question of what makes cooperatives ethical, effective and sustainable.

Zitcer says “This book walks that fine line of searching for the positive value of cooperation while also recognising shortcomings and looking for ways that cooperatives might be more just and effective.”

Antònia Casellas Presenting

A recently published book edited by Antònia Casellas from the Community Economies Research Network (CERN) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Department of Geography), introduces Spanish readers to seminal texts by JK Gibson-Graham as well as new materials.

The three seminal texts included in the book are Spanish translations of:

Book Covers

The Community Economies Institute announces the 2022 Summer/Winter School

RESEARCHING POSTCAPITALIST POSSIBILITIES, 1-9 June

Expressions of Interest are being called for (closing date, 14 March 2022)

The Summer/Winter School is for PhD students, early career researchers and others. It engages with the foundational concepts and tools that community economies scholars have been using to envision and enact postcapitalist economies. It explores connections with longer traditions that also value collectivity and interdependence.

Silke Helfrich

Members of the Community Economies Research Network (CERN) and the Community Economies Institute (CEI) have been saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague Silke Helfrich.

CERN members reflect that Silke was brilliant and warm, a magical commoner and friend.

Silke crossed many of our paths in different places and networks. For example, she played a crucial role in a two-day workshop in November 2019 for the writing of the interdependence charter. Her contribution was characterised by her sharp questioning and creativity with language.

Mapping the US Solidarity Economy

In the second keynote at the online CERN Liviana conference, Maliha Safri discussed her recent research on social and solidarity economies, describing these economies as “examples of postcapitalist practices in action.”

Safri started her keynote, entitled ‘Mapping the US Solidarity City: Spatializing Diversity, Difference and Social Justice,’ by outlining the participatory action research project she ran in Asbury Park in New Jersey with people of colour, including ex-prisoners and Spanish-speaking undocumented workers.

St Martin Liviana Keynote

How do communities and commons become a meaningful part of how oceans and fisheries are thought about, researched and managed?

This question was explored in Kevin St Martin’s opening keynote of the CERN Liviana online conference, entitled “Creating openings for community and commons in the Digital Ocean.”

CERN Liviana Conference

The second CERN Liviana Online Conference was held from 1 to 14 November 2021.

Liviana is a decentralised series of exchanges and symposia that runs for two weeks, providing an opportunity for CERN members to connect and share. The event is based on the sense of openness, free-floating train of thought, and cheerful spirit that the Spanish term liviana connotes.

Plans are already underway for a 2022 Liviana Online Conference.

The full playlist of sessions from Liviana 2021 can be accessed by clicking here.

Study-into-Action

Throughout September and into October, cultural innovators are invited to participate in five Study-into-Action sessions.

The aim is to connect cultural workers who do not know one another but are building innovative cultural economies.

One of the project co-founders, Caroline Woolard, says “We need to socialize, study, and dream together before we can take collective action, and this first phase of connecting will be followed by a second phase in which we deepen the relationships, explore together the ways that our ideas, desires, and goals might align, and think about the actions that we might take collectively."

Lake Malbaie

The recently released Yellowhead Institute Red Paper, Cash Back, features an insight from Ngāi Tahu academic and CERN member Matt Scobie (from the University of Canterbury in Aotearoa New Zealand).

Cash Back documents how the Canadian economy has been built on the dispossession of Indigenous lands and how, in the process, First Nations peoples were robbed of their economic livelihoods and pushed into dependency on the state.

The Handbook of Diverse Economies - Cover Detail

A principios de mayo de 2021, la Dra. Demet Dinler y los estudiantes del grupo de lectura "Radical Theories in International Development" de la Universidad de Sussex organizaron el lanzamiento en línea del Handbook of Diverse Economies ("El Manual de las Economías Diversas").

El lanzamiento incluyó una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con una de las editoras del Manual, Katherine Gibson. El video del acto está disponible en el canal de YouTube del Instituto de Economías Comunitarias haciendo clic aquí.