Last days of the Community Economies Summer/Winter School

Community Economies Summer/Winter School

The Community Economies Institute Summer/Winter School is in its last few days and it wraps up on Thursday 27 June.

Nearly 50 participants from fifteen countries have been participating through five nodes.

During the first part of the school the focus was on the foundational concepts of Community Economies research and practice, including reading for difference, performativity, community-as-process, and the distinction between community economies and diverse economies. 

In the second week, participants have been having meetings and panels with members of the Community Economies Institute to explore how the foundations are informing current projects and research practices. 

Panels have covered topics such as community economies research in allegiance with decolonisation; feminism and community economies; power and assemblages; visions of social change and research trajectories; and the politics of critique and criticism. 

One participant described the panels as places “where the magic happens” as participants from the five nodes meet-up with each other and with CEI members to explore these ideas. 

Two of the nodes are face-to-face (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim; and Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand) and three are online (Americas online; Asia-Pacific online; and Europe online). 

Over thirty members of the Community Economies Institute volunteer their time to contribute to the School. 

More information about the school can be found here.

What participants from the 2022 and 2023 Schools say:

  • “ … profound impact on me in terms of both my scholarship and activism …”
  • “ … helped me to feel more optimistic and hopeful about the role of my research …”
  • “ … an amazing experience for me, both personally and professionally …”
  • “ … a real turning point in how I approach my research ...”
  • “ … a profound and transformative experience for me and my research …”

For a full set of Participant Testimonials, click here. For information on earlier Schools, click here.

Image: Kacie Hopkins, York University, Canada and Wildflower Enterprises.