2024 CEI Summer/Winter School

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The third multi-nodal Summer/Winter School will be held Tuesday 18 June to Thursday 27 June 2024

The five nodes (subject to numbers of participants) are:

  1. face-to-face in Aotearoa New Zealand (University of Auckland)
  2. face-to-face in Norway (NTNU, Trondheim)
  3. online in the Americas (US Eastern Daylight Time)
  4. online in Asia-Pacific (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
  5. online in Europe (Central European Summer Time). 

The School is run as a small group intensive, with numbers at each node capped at twelve

The focus is on community and diverse economies research and practice:

  • The first part focuses on foundational texts (such as The End of Capitalism (as we knew it)), core concepts (such as antiessentialism, poststructuralism and performativity) and thinking techniques (such as reading for difference). 
  • The second part focuses on contemporary applications of this foundational material.  

Confirmed facilitators are: Elizabeth Barron, Jenny Cameron, Ottavia Cima, Kelly Dombroski, Kevin St. Martin, Ethan Miller, Molly Mullen, Pryor Placino, Pieta Savinotko, Emma Sharp and Bradley Wilson. There are opportunities to meet with other members of the Community Economies Institute (including Katherine Gibson) in the second part of the School. 

Tuition Fee and Application Process: See the information on the second page of the 2024 School Flyer. Participants from the EU may be eligible for Erasmus+ funding to attend the face-to-face node in Norway. You apply through your institution. We can provide general information to help you (please email school at communityeconomies dot org).  



How much time does the School take?

Face-to-face nodes operate from 9am to 5pm (with a midday start and 6pm finish on the first day, and a 1pm finish on the last day). Online nodes cover the same content and operate from 10am to 4pm (with a midday start and 6pm finish on the first day, and a 1pm finish on the last day). There is also a small amount of homework to help deepen your understanding of the core concepts. There is a two-day weekend break on Sat 22 June and Sun 23 June.

How much reading is involved? 

The School is a 'deep dive' into foundational texts. There are nine central articles/book chapters, and five supplementary articles/book chapters. The program includes reading time during the School and exercises to help guide you through the readings. We circulate the readings about a month before the School starts.  If you need time to process material, we recommend that you read the nine central readings before the School starts. Even a skim read beforehand will help you 'process' the ideas once the School starts. You might also look over the five supplementary readings (e.g., you might look at the introductions and the main headings). You'll find that you come back to the readings 'time and again' and so the School serves as an initial foray into the ideas. Reading them beforehand will give you a head start, but it is not essential. 

What is the teaching style? 

The School uses a combination of teaching and learning strategies, including short lectures and discussions, and small group activities to apply the readings and concepts. 

On Days 8 and 9 (Tuesday 25 and Weds 26 June) there are one-hour individual research meetings (each participant is matched to a member of the Community Economies Institute and the meeting focuses on the participant's research) and there are a series of panels with members of the Community Economies Institute discussing how they apply community and diverse economies research in their own work. In previous years topics have included:

  • CE/DE research in allegiance with decolonisation 
  • Research methods for community and diverse economies
  • Building and organizing community initiatives – artist/activist perspectives 
  • Power and assemblages 
  • CE and solidarity economies
  • CE and degrowth and transition
  • Addressing the more-than-human. 

The panels are recorded. 

On Day 10 (Thursday 27 June), participants make short 5-minute presentations about their research in relation to a frequently asked question about community and diverse economies research and practice.

Can I get credit for doing the School?

This is up to your institution to determine. On completion of the School, we can provide you with a Statement of Participation that includes information about the number of hours of instruction, the curriculum and the instructors. Some institutions will give credit on this basis, but you'll need to check this with your institution. 

How are the tuition fees used?

The fees are used to pay for the coordination and administration of the school. All facilitation is unpaid with Community Economies Institute (CEI) members doing the work on top of their usual work commitments (or in their own time).  We estimate that in 2023, CEI members donated 828 hours of unpaid time (and 19 nights of accommodation and 44 meals for face-to-face facilitators).  The fees are also used to help fund the costs of running the CEI (from paying for Zoom and web hosting to funding a new Flourish Fund for CEI members).  More information about the CEI financial operations is in our Annual Reports, available here (scroll down to the bottom of the page to find each year's report). 


For more information contact school at communityeconomies dot org. 

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