International Women’s Week was a day of celebration – and combativeness – for WEGO-ITN researchers and partners. Coordinator Prof. Dr. Wendy Harcourt held a lecture at Radboud University on ‘Gender Dimensions in Climate Change’, which is now fully available online:
About the lecture:
’My talk will look critically at the notion of the green economy as the way to mitigate climate change. My argument is that the neoliberal green economy relies on market and technological efficiency and only pays lip service to notions of gender, empowerment and inclusion. Its apparent championing of small-scale green entrepreneurs – particularly women and indigenous groups from the Global South as ‘good for climate’ ignores power relations and inequalities based on gender, race, ethnicity, class, and physical ability. The neoliberal green economy is not a climate- or people-caring economy because it ignores the actual care work that is required to maintain everyday life in all societies.
My talk proposes that we must move beyond the green economy in order to advance climate justice by reimagining ‘caring for climate’ through a caring economy or solidarity economy framework, one that is embedded in the principles of cooperation, sharing, reciprocity, and intersectional environmental justice. Instead of ‘greening’ the economy we need to be ‘sustaining livelihoods’ to ensure nutrition, ecological balance, clean water, secure housing, gender equality, meaningful approaches to all forms of labour.
Care work is always there. What needs to change is that it is no longer invisible, privatised, and done for free by women, people of colour, immigrants, or other marginalised groups. Caring for climate, caring for earth, and caring for people should be at the centre of economic value, not at the margins. What is required in order to ‘care for climate’, is to build caring communities for change based on solidarity economies. Such economies would value care work in all areas of life with the creation of new job sectors and climate-friendly livelihoods which challenge the gendered composition of the today’s neoliberal, androcentric and capitalocentric economy.’’
Join a call with AID partners and friends Bilal Khan, Seema Kulkarni, Harsh Mander, Ashish Ranjan, Kiran Vissa and Kamayani Swami where they talk about the current challenges and their recommendations.
Sunday April 19, 2020. (8.30 AM PT, 11.30 AM ET, 9 PM IST)
We’re still fine-tuning a few things (e.g. making it clear in the News section that there is more than what you see and that you need to click on each story to read the full item; and we’re working on the images that go with each story).
To test our capacity to run regular news items we’ve focused on the activities of the core members of the Community Economies Institute (these are the people listed on the People page of the website).
But we’re now ready to run more news items (ideally a new story each week), and we’d like to include news about the community economies activity of CERN members. This might be information about teaching community economies, an update on a community economies research project, a community economies workshop or opening. If you look at the News section you’ll get an idea about the types of activities that are being featured.
All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with some brief information (and perhaps a link to a website) and an image idea (could be a photo or you’ll see we sometimes grab an image from a document). Jenny will put the story together and run it by you before adding it to the Home page.
Look forward to hearing from CERN members and sharing more information about what we’re all “up to”.
With the Handbook of Diverse Economies edited by J.K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski coming out in 2020 it seems high time to organize the Inaugural International Community Economies Conference. This conference will offer the opportunity for members of the Community Economies Research Network (CERN) to share their work, discuss common themes of interest and advance a post-capitalist politics.
The conference is organised by the Community Economies Institute with the School of Spatial Planning & Development and the School of Political Science at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. It will take place from
5-7 November 2020 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The CERN currently has 225 members spread across 27 countries. It is hoped that by locating the conference in Thessaloniki—an historic site of international cultural interchange—many people from across the world will be able to attend. Registration costs will be kept low and there will be a limited number of travel bursaries for those who cannot access institutional conference funds.
The conference will begin on Thursday night with an opening address followed by an interactive poster session and participatory mapping of the CERN story. Friday and Saturday are set aside for paper presentations, panels and workshops organized by CERN members. There will also be sessions open to the public in which connections between community economies research and current concerns are discussed with scholars and activists from Greece and the region. The conference will be followed by an optional day of field visits and walks in Thessaloniki and the surrounding region led by activist researchers. During the conference the Greek translation of Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities (with additional Greek examples) will be launched.
An international organizing committee led by Katherine Gibson, Giorgos Gritzas and Karolos Kavoulakos is being formed. The Community Economies Institute and the University of Thessaloniki will provide organizational support for the conference.
More information about deadlines for submitting papers, panels and workshop proposals will be forthcoming. And keep an eye on the community economies web site for more information: www.communityeconomies.org
The workshop closed with a public art exhibition on Other (food) + (art) economies are possible!where the group shared some of their individual and collective work in a convivial space with food and drinks and with time for chats with the wider public.
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