Keynote Katharine McKinnon

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 10:00 @ TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna

Care(full) community economies and the praxis of being-in-common

One of the core tenets of efforts to build community economies is to consider how human livelihoods can be reshaped around a concern to survive well together (Gibson-Graham, Cameron and Healy 2014). Beyond mere survival, community economies scholars are interested in how we survive well, and what that might mean in different places and for different people. Crucially, such efforts to survive well must also recognize our fundamental interdependence, thus it is a concern that must be pursued together with our human and other-than-human planetary companions. Care is central to a praxis of surviving well together and in this talk I consider how a pluriversal politics of care must be interwoven with the work of transforming economies for people and planet. With reference to community economies scholarship across majority and minority world contexts, I explore the idea that it is in multiple quotidian ethical negotiations around practices of care that a care-full community economies emerges.

  Dr Katharine McKinnon is a human geographer whose work engages with community economies, gender, development and care. Her work in Australia and the Asia-Pacific focuses on women’s economic empowerment measures, social enterprises and the wellbeing economy, and community economies of maternity care. She is a Tracey Banivanua-Mar Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University and Director of the Community Economies Institute.