2023 CEI Summer/Winter School

CEI 2023 Summer/Winter School

The Community Economies Institute announces the 2023 Summer/Winter School.

Researching Postcapitalist Possibilities, 20 to 29 June 2023

Expressions of Interest are being called for. Closing date, 18 November 2022.

The Summer/Winter School is for PhD students, early career researchers and others. It engages with the foundational concepts and tools that community economies scholars have been using to envision and enact postcapitalist economies. It explores connections with longer traditions that also value collectivity and interdependence.

The course includes in-depth reading of core texts, short lectures by members of the CEI, seminar discussions and activities around key themes, and workshops on your research.

The 10-day program is run through five nodes:

  • Face-to-face, Centre for Resilient Communities (CRC), West Virginia University. Led by Professor Kevin St Martin (Rutgers University) & Dr Bradley Wilson (CRC)
  • Face-to-face, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Led by Assoc. Professor Elizabeth Barron (NTNU) & Professor Katherine Gibson (Uni. of Western Sydney)
  • Face-to-face, Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. Led by Assoc. Professor Kelly Dombroski (Massey University)
  • Online, EU-based node. Led by Dr Thomas Smith (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
  • Online, AU-based node. Led by Conjoint Assoc. Professor Jenny Cameron (Uni. of Newcastle, Australia).

Click here for more information, including the tuition fee and a link to the Expressions of Interest form.

What participants from the 2022 School said:

  • "This school has had a profound impact on me in terms of both my scholarship and activism … The School allowed me to think through why the scholar in me is always so quick to occupy the critical position, a position which is often inconsistent with my own actions and ethics, and with the activist and parent in me. This School has reinvigorated my interest in activist research! Thank you."
  • "I have been engaging with the diverse economies literature for the last 12 months … and the summer school was the opportunity to dive much deeper into the material. I am now confident that I will finish writing the thesis in the next few months. I was not sure of this before the summer school so I now feel extremely grateful for this gift."
  • "It was transformative of my thinking about economic research. It will, I believe, impact a lot of my community work and make me feel more validated in what I'm doing, but also more thoughtful, and better able to articulate it as research and community work."
  • "It has given me a conceptual framework to place my research within, and has helped me to feel more optimistic and hopeful about the role of my research."
  • "I learned so much but one of the main takeaways for me was to be alert to the trap of strong theory and to actively look instead for difference. The course fostered in me a goal of becoming an anti-essentialist, thick description, weak theory scholar. This feels like a real turning point in how I approach my research."