Heteropolitics report on the Commons in Naples

Here’s our report on the commons in Naples, which readers of this blog should find of interest. It is based on our fieldwork in Ex Asilo Filangieri, a self-managed cultural space in the historic centre of the city.

From the introduction of the report:

In Naples, the fieldwork of Heteropolitics is focused on Ex Asilo Filangieri, a self-managed cultural space in the historic centre of the city. In this space, cultural activities are consciously organized as commons. Τhere is also an intense concern with the internal political self-administration of the space, the relationships with the municipality and the city at large, as well as an endeavor to experiment with alternative democratic politics in ways which could resonate with citizens, cities and communities more widely. Civic and cultural praxis in ‘L’Asilo’, as it is called by participants, pivots around a) collaborative artistic creation and experimentation; b) egalitarian democratic self-management; c) self-legislation through the production of an internal regulation that was finally ratified by the municipality after a long struggle; d) the making of a different community and politics informed by openness, plurality, horizontality, non-violence and non-domination, consensus, collaboration, and experimentation; e) the negotiation of a different relationship with the municipality characterized by both collaboration, struggle, conditional municipal support and autonomous self-organization of the community in l’Asilo.

First international Heteropolitics workshop in Torino on the commons and alternative politics in Italy, 10-12 July 2018

In 10-12 July 2018, the first scheduled workshop of Heteropolitics took place at the University of Torino, consisting of the main research team of the project (A. Vesco, M. Zechner, A.Voulvouli, A. Kioupkiolis) and six participants, who are researchers, academics and activists.

The workshop discussed mainly contemporary social movements and civic politics in Italy, as well as the relationship between law, politics and the promotion of the commons in the Italian context.

Heteropolitics Seminar program Turin July 2018

Indicative Case Studies

The anthropological methodology of fieldwork and participant observation, which will be deployed in the case studies of the project, is more appropriate for in-depth, qualitative research which intends to capture local meanings and practices of community organization that diverge from the mainstream and from accumulated knowledge. Heteropolitics’ ethnographic work begins, thus, with situated listening, watching and learning:

1. Barcelona en Comú
2. Napoli-Città Bene Comune

3. Sarantaporo.gr

4. Sardex

5. Cooperativa Integral Catalana- Sistema Publico Cooperativo

6. Cooperative Housing-Switzerland