El Cambalache: inter-cambiamos
Economía sin dinero, desarmando el capitalismo
Boot Camp Summer Workshop: Decolonial Methods in Social and Solidarity Economies
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Boot camp workshop on Theory and Praxis in decolonial and non-hierarchical research methods.

August 3-11, 2019

Preliminary Program

El Cambalache
San Cristobal de las Casas
Chiapas, Mexico

Decolonial economic geography begins with participatory action research into non-western and non-hierarchical economic practices.
While studying decoloniality, one often struggles with how to move from theory to practice. Have you ever wondered how to start a non-capitalist economic project in a collective but didn’t know how to begin? Have you ever wondered how to use participatory action research to create a small social and/or solidarity economy? Are you into commoning? Do you long to do decolonial economic research but don’t know how to engage local and indigenous non-western economic practices within an economic project?

Over the past 500 years indigenous and non-European Latin Americans, slaves and descendants of slaves around the world have been historically and currently denied equal access to participation in the capitalist economy through coloniality. The capitalist economic system does not value most of our knowledge, abilities nor the natural world. Throughout the last five centuries people around the world did not accept that their ways of life were considered poor, nor did they just sit around and lament that they were considered poor. In spite of terrible circumstances of slavery, indebted labor and general oppression they created economic networks of sharing and exchange that were highly varied and creative in spite of not being permitted neither money nor property by colonial or post-colonial governments. These economies have been largely ignored because they were and are in great numbers, women’s economies. Silvia Federici has shown that European women and women in the Americas were systematically denied access to the moneyed economy over centuries as capitalism developed to finally become a world-dominating economy. As we know from diverse economies literature, there’s a lot more to the economy than just capitalism. By understanding and practicing these kinds of non-capitalist economic activities we can decrease our dependence on money and increase our autonomy in resistance to the capitalist economic system.

This workshop encourages participants to bring current research or future research projects for discussion and development during the workshop. We will discuss among facilitators and participants each participant’s project and work through possible frameworks and methodological steps for designing and executing a decolonial feminist social and/or solidarity economy project. Expect readings before and during the workshop. Expect writing in the evenings after the workshop.

This workshop covers literature from: Hybrid Economies, Decolonial Territorialisation, Decolonial Feminism, Feminist Economics, the Community Economies Research Network, Commons and Commoning.

Topics to be covered:

· Diverse Economies in the majority world of the Americas

· Decolonial economics in the majority world of the Americas

· Feminisms in the majority world of the Americas

· Autonomous social movements and their practices

· Collective participatory methodologies

· Research methods that resist hierarchy

· Creating Practice

This workshop is designed for people that are interested in collectively creating, practicing and researching non-capitalist economic projects to be executed in the participant’s place of residence or research site. While people from all walks of life are invited, women of color, indigenous women and LBGTQ are particularly encouraged to apply. Parents with small children can also be accomodated.

This course will be provided by El Cambalache and invited guest speakers TBA. Space is limited.

El Cambalache is a moneyless economy project located in San Cristobal de las Casas created by and for women and everyone they know. In El Cambalache everything has the same value. Here, people exchange things they no longer need for things they want as well as knowledge, abilities and mutual aid that people would like to share. El Cambalache was founded in 2015, is located in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas and was built on the anti-systemic, anti-capitalist values of local social movements. All workshop activities will take place at El Cambalache with brief excursions and/or interventions with other projects that support autonomous movements. For more information check out our 2016 documentary: Inter-Change Value https://vimeo.com/159060233

To Apply:

More information about the workshop program and specifics will be announced shortly. Please write Dr. Erin Araujo at cambalach@autoproduzioni.net to inquire.
Please send a letter of motivation- max 1,000 words to Dr. Erin Araujo cambalach@autoproduzioni.net explaining why you would like to participate in the workshop and what research or economic projects you could develop through your participation. Deadline: June 3rd, 2019.

Fees for particpants from countries with high access to money in US dollars:

Solidarity price for fully employed participants: $400

Students and underemployed participants: $350

Fees for particpants from countries with low access to money in Mexican Pesos:
Solidarity price for fully employed participants: $4,000
Students and underemployed participants: $3,500

If these fees impede your participation please write us about options for work exchange to cover part of your fees.

Participation fees include 8 nights of boarding in a hostel or shared room with other participants and the main meal of the day which in Chiapas is the midday meal as well as coffee/tea and snacks throughout each day. If you would prefer a private room or other accommodations please write to Cambalach@autoproduzioni.net. All proceeds from this workshop go to support research in El Cambalache.

Erin Araujo PhD

Department of Decolonial Economics
El Cambalache,
Calle de los Arcos 5c
Barrio Cuxtitali
San Cristobal de las Casas
Chiapas, Mexico 29230

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