Leading feminist researchers meet for community economies exchange
Bianca Elzenbaumer, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research, recently hosted a community economies exchange in the Terragnolo Valley in Trentino. The exchange brought together internationally leading feminist economic geographers, design researchers, artists and community organisers to work through concrete case studies of art-led community economies and to connect translocal projects, which experiment with issues of social transformation and scale.
The international gathering saw the special contribution by Prof. Katherine Gibson of the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, who has developed the term “community economies” to denote economies in which ethical negotiations around our interdependence with each other and the environment are put center stage. Projects such as Company Drinks, a community-led drinks company situated in the East of London, and Trajna, a participatory design practice based in Ljubljana dealing with “invasive” species in generative ways, shared their approach to interdependence and livelihood generation, while networking with local initiatives such as La Foresta, a group of associations, active citizens and local administrators who are establishing a community academy at the train station of Rovereto (TN/IT).
The week-end was part of the EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie project Alpine Community Economies Lab and was hosted at Il Masetto, a mountain refuge and cultural space, which contributed to make for very productive and energising three days.