SFAA

In March, Stephen Healy (Western Sydney University) and Boone Shear (University of Massachusetts) attended the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Portland, Oregon. 

The meeting theme was "Engaging Change in Turbulent Times", and they presented in a session on "Designs for Teaching Other Worlds".

Diverse Economies Workshop

Dr Ann Hill and Professor Katherine Gibson have been at the "Seeds of Change: Gender Equality Through Agricultural Research for Development" conference in Canberra (Australia) this week.

They jointly ran a workshop on "Community Partnering for Local Development" based around the website they had developed as part of their action research in the Philippines.

Ann reports that there were 25 participants from all continents and that they "went away excited about using the website and other resources for assets mapping and diverse economies mapping".

Antipode Keywords

A new short essay on the topic of Community Economy has just been published as one of 50 keyword essays celebrating 50 years of the radical geography journal, Antipode.

The essay was written by Oona Morrow, Kevin St Martin, Nate Gabriel and Ana Inés Heras on behalf of the Community Economies Collective.

The essay overviews the idea of community + economy and outlines various ways that community economies might be further activated.

This essay joins an earlier one, Cultivating Community Economies, published online in 2017 as part of the Next System Project.

Deb's rainbow

A commemoration of the life of Deborah Bird Rose was held on Saturday March 25th on the banks of the Georges River in Sydney.

Deb was an anthropologist, a philosopher, a storyteller, and a passionate advocate for social and environmental justice.

She made major contributions in a range of fields, from the environmental humanities, and the anthropology of Indigenous Australia, to extinction studies, animal and multispecies studies, and philosophies of ethics, justice, religion, temporality, and place.

Her award winning books include: Dingo Makes Us Human (1992), Reports from a Wild Country (2004), and Wild Dog Dreaming (2011). She completed the manuscript of Shimmer just before she died on December 22nd 2018.

Reimaging Livelihoods

At the forthcoming Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington DC, author of Reimagining Livelihoods: Life beyond Economy, Society, and Environment meets a group of readers.

In his book, Ethan Miller argues that thinking of the world in terms of the categories of economy, society and environment not only fails to describe the actual world around us but poses a tremendous obstacle to enacting truly sustainable futures.

Katharine McKinnon. Katherine Gibson

The Community Economies Institute is running a summer school in Bolsena (Italy) from 1 to 6 June, 2019.

The theme of the summer school is Postcapitalist Politics in Practice, and the school is aimed at students interested in learning more about action-oriented research and activists who would like to deepen their engagement with applied community economic thinking.

The course will use Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities (2013) by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy as the key text.