[WSMDiscuss] (Fwd) From Chiapas, Mexico: decolonial/autonomist economic methods workshop (deadline for application is 21 April)

Patrick Bond pbond at mail.ngo.za
Wed Apr 14 11:37:49 CEST 2021

(I don't necessarily agree with all the assumptions below, but am glad 
this is one of the choices for broadening perspectives, online.)

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From: *Erin Araujo* <cambalach at autoproduzioni.net 
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Date: Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 7:54 PM
Subject: [Cambalache_bootcamps] Workshop: Videos and info about our 
decolonial economic methods workshop
To: <cambalache_info at lists.mayfirst.org 
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<Cambalache_bootcamps at lists.mayfirst.org 
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Hi Everyone!
We hope you are doing well. The deadline for applications for our 
workshop on decolonial methods, “Make your own non-capitalist economy” 
is coming up soon. We made a couple of videos about the workshop and 
participant’s experiences with us that we would like to share. Please 
help us spread the word!

Online! Make Your Own Non-Capitalist Economy:

Summer workshop on methods in developing and researching decolonial, 
social, solidarity and non-hierarchical economies.


Application Deadline: April 21st, 2021

Course duration: Every Saturday 1pm-3pm CDT May 29th- Sept. 11th
** Online from El Cambalache**

San Cristóbal de las Casas Chiapas, Mexico.

Video links about the workshop:
Participant experience:

About the course:
This course focuses on forming local non-capitalist economic projects 
and resisting their co-optation.

**We need other economies** In the last few months, we have experienced 
a significant global change in our lives around the development of 
COVID-19 and the government responses to curb the virus. People living 
precariously on a daily basis, suffering economic, social and legal 
marginalization, have been put even more at risk from disease, hunger, 
lack of remuneration and violence. In many parts of the majority world, 
people have been imprisoned and/or experienced violence for taking to 
the streets to seek improvements in their wellbeing, freedom from 
domestic violence, and other reasons that bring them into public spaces. 
With the fall of the stock markets and the shutdown of capitalist 
economies, we see that more than ever it is necessary to make 
non-capitalist economies, to recognize that our Americas are rich in the 
practices and knowledge of other age-old economies. Now is the time! 
Let's get to work and recuperate our economies!

**This course will cover**

  * -Methods and analyses for creating decolonial economic projects.
  * -El Cambalache as a contemporary example of an anti-capitalist and
    non-hierarchical project.
  * -Investigating the economic history(s) of the Americas. These
    history(s) that have been attacked and made invisible by the
    coloniality of capitalist power. We will focus on how to apply a
    decolonial perspective and practice to this investigation.
  * -Analyzing the discourse of capitalist co-optation in the context of
    the green economy in order to resist projects that cause dispossession.
  * -Practicing consumption from a decolonial perspective.

**For whom?

The practice, research and theories of non-capitalist economies included 
in this course were developed by and for all of us in order to bring 
about social change. For this reason, it is designed for 
people interested in creating, practicing and collectively researching 
noncapitalist economic projects to be carried out in their places of 
residence or research. Everyone is invited to participate – 
women, indigenous people and LBGTIQ++ are especially invited.

**Course description**

Decolonial economic geography begins with participatory action research 
in non-Western, non-hierarchical economic practices.

When studying decoloniality we sometimes find it difficult to move from 
theory to practice. Have you thought about starting a non-capitalist 
economic project, but don't know where to begin? Have you asked yourself 
how to use participatory action research to start a social and/or 
solidarity economy project? Are you interested in "commoning" and 
"communality"? Do you want to do decolonial economic research but don't 
know how to engage in local, indigenous and/or non-Western economic 
practices in the context of an economic project?

During the last 500 years through the present, indigenous and 
non-European peoples, slaves and descendants of slaves have been 
historically denied equal access to participation in the 
capitalist economy through mechanisms of coloniality.

The capitalist economic system values neither nature nor most of our 
knowledge and skills. Over the last five centuries people around the 
world have not accepted that their way of being is to be poor, they have 
not sat down to simply lament their situation. In terrible circumstances 
of slavery and oppression, where many people were dispossessed of their 
property, they were denied access to money and some forms of property by 
colonial and post-colonial governments, yet these people created diverse 
and creative networks of exchange and coexistence, which have enabled 
their survival throughout history and across the world.

These economies have been largel;y ignored because they were and still 
are mostly women's economies. Silvia Federici has shown that while 
capitalism developed, women in Europe and the Americas were 
systematically denied access to the money economy for centuries. As we 
know from the diverse economies literature, there is much more to the 
economy than just capitalism. By understanding and practicing these 
types of noncapitalist activities we can decrease our dependence on 
money and increase our autonomy by resisting the capitalist economic system.

To participate in this workshop, we ask the participants to share 
current and future projects to discuss and develop during our 
activities. There will be collective talks about the frameworks and 
possible steps to design and carry out methodologies for a project of 
feminist, solidarity and decolonial economies. Expect readings before 
and during the workshop, as well as writing activities.

This workshop covers literature on hybrid economies, decolonial 
territorialization, decolonial feminism, decolonial economics, the 
Community Economies Research Network, and communality.


  * Diverse Economies in the majority world of the Americas
  * Decolonial economy in the majority world of the Americas
  * Feminisms in the majority world of the Americas
  * Autonomous movements and their practices
  * Collective participatory methodology
  * Research methods that resist hierarchy
  * Creating practices

For more info and to apply: 

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