[artinfo] fwd:The Pirate Care Syllabus

Barnabás Bácsi bacsi.barnabas at kepzo.hu
Fri Mar 20 11:46:23 CET 2020

"We live in a world where captains get arrested for saving people's 
lives on the sea; where a person downloading scientific articles 
faces 35 years in jail; where people risk charges for bringing 
contraceptives to those who otherwise couldn't get them. Folks are 
getting in trouble for giving food to the poor, medicine to the sick, 
water to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless. And yet our heroines 
care and disobey. They are pirates."

Pirate Care is a research process - primarily based in the 
transnational European space - that maps the increasingly present 
forms of activism at the intersection of "care" and "piracy", which 
in new and interesting ways are trying to intervene in one of the 
most important challenges of our time, that is, the 'crisis of care' 
in all its multiple and interconnected dimensions.

These practices are experimenting with self-organisation, alternative 
approaches to social reproduction and the commoning of tools, 
technologies and knowledges. Often they act disobediently in 
expressed non-compliance with laws, regulations and executive orders 
that ciriminalise the duty of care by imposing exclusions along the 
lines of class, gender, race or territory. They are not shying risk 
of persecution in providing unconditional solidarity to those who are 
the most exploited, discriminated against and condemned to the status 
of disposable populations.


The Pirate Care Syllabus we present here for the first time is a tool 
for supporting and activating collective processes of learning from 
these practices. We encourage everyone to freely use this syllabus to 
learn and organise processes of learning and to freely adapt, rewrite 
and expand it to reflect their own experience and serve their own 

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