RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014

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404 From co-production to alternative futures (3): praxis and reflection.
Affiliation Geographies of Justice Research Group
Convenor(s) Victoria Habermehl (University of Leeds, UK)
Andre Pusey (University of Leeds, UK)
Chair(s) Victoria Habermehl (University of Leeds, UK)
Andre Pusey (University of Leeds, UK)
Timetable Friday 29 August 2014, Session 4 (16:50 - 18:30)
Room Skempton Building, Room 165
Session abstract From co-production to alternative futures: social movements, common(s) and ‘other values’

“On one side, a social force called capital pursues endless growth and monetary value. On the other side, other social forces strive to rearrange the web of life on their own terms” (De Angelis, 2007).

This session aims to bring together critical geographers and researchers from affiliated disciplines to explore the contradictions, tensions and potentialities of co-production, in exploring ‘other values’, the common(s) and social change. De Angelis (2007) identifies the way ‘other values’ are created through social movements engaging in resistive practices, the co-production of alternatives, and the way in which they resist, subvert and/or subsist with the capitalist extraction of value from our activity.

Related to the co-production of these ‘other values’ is the defence of existing and collective construction of new heterogeneous forms of common(s). Geographers have been increasingly examining commons and commoning through work ranging from research into ‘actually existing commons’ (Eizenberg, 2011), such as the ‘urban commons’ (Jeffrey et al. 2012; Chatterton, 2010; Hodkinson, 2012; Chatterton et al, 2013) to more abstract theoretical and conceptual engagements (Hardt & Negri, 2009; Jeffrey et al, 2011). However, whilst many of these debates highlight the potentiality of the common(s) as part of wide-ranging social change, as George Caffentzis has examined, commons are not inherently anti-capitalist, and are being increasingly utilized as part of a strategy of austerity led ‘neoliberalism plan b’ (2010).
Linked Sessions From co-production to alternative futures (1): Creating cracks: value, commons and alternative economy
From co-production to alternative futures (2): Creating commons, creating ‘other value’
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: AC2014@rgs.org