Feminist Circular Economies
Melanie Budianta, Ilenia Caleo, Mi You
Harvest by Daniel Aguilar and Diana Cantarey
Hosted by Nuraini Juliastuti and Carine Zaayman
During the discussion in this panel, Ilenia Caleo articulated the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has opened various forms and scales of crises in Italy. She used them as critical lenses through which to read changes in the current political landscape of Italy. Caleo proposed a radical shift in how we think about ethics of care in the quest for transformative queer commons. Their key features are ontological interdependence (of humans and non-humans), the intimate as a site of the political and informality. The coming together of composite bodies produces unexpected subject formations that make meaningful connections possible. Formal institutional settings still regulate the values that guide the development of local interdependence and caring systems. Often, these institutions do not recognise the layered dimensions of care. This misrecognition prompts the need for developing innovative forms of ‘pirate care’ and ‘uncoded intimacies’, catering to multiple precarious bodies neglected by the system. There are already existing informal affective networks that further proliferate in situations of crisis that are perhaps not visible, but can be built on. Thus, the valuable question triggered by the pandemic is: how can these informal relationships and uncoded intimacies become sustainable infrastructures of care?