Where does a crisis begin and end?
Join us for a special online workshop experimenting with co-research processes as a way of exploring global financial and ecological crises, led by The Alternative School of Economics. The workshop will include time for individual research and breakout groups, as well as mapping onto an accessible, online platform.
During the workshop we will be joined by researchers who will share their field of expertise, with time for questions and discussions throughout.
Together, we will begin to collectively remap events which contribute to the ‘long crises’ of capitalism and the environment. Each person will select a particular event or area of interest from a list provided (or submit their own), and work forwards and backwards to map roots and causes, how they unfold, and the environmental, political, financial, historical and cultural conditions and impacts.
For example, researching pollution in rivers in the UK might mean looking into nitrates in the soil, farming practices, land use, geography, pesticides manufacturers, government subsidies, the chemistry of the compounds and the impact on ecosystems. To look at a specific event like the 1973 oil crisis might mean charting the development of OPEC, connections to conflict, western influence in the region and the legacy of colonialism, and the decline of US oil production. It might mean reaching further to look at the rise in the use of oil in the 20th century, the significance of the price of oil in global financial markets, or the history of conflict in the Middle East and the connections to oil extraction.
The workshop will focus on sharing information gathered individually and in groups, and mapping it onto a time(un)line. The time(un)line will ostensibly chart events in chronological order, whilst simultaneously finding connections, repercussions and convergences, which thereby collapse the idea of singular progression of time.
All levels of experience and interest welcome.
Workshops will be conducted via video conferencing software. Detailed instructions on how to join the online meetings will be provided for those participating.
Places are limited due to the group dynamics of learning online, so please reserve your space by 26th July.
Please register on tickets ignite
and fill out the short form on the booking page. Please note, this event is now fully booked but if you'd like to be added to the waiting list then drop us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck
have been collaborating as The Alternative School of Economics since 2012. As an 'alternative school', they link artists' practice with self education as a way to study economics and economies. They are interested in reciprocal modes of learning and making, and their projects with communities create a framework for investigating political, social and cultural issues. They use diverse and creative methodologies, and collaborate with experts from a variety of disciplines, from sociologists to writers, to produce film, graphics, photography, texts and clothing, as forms of activation, dissemination and reflection. www.alternativeschoolofecononomics.org