[artinfo] fwd:The Pirate Care Syllabus
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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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