Informal Economies

A dinner and discussion

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Tianna Kennedy, Jen Ayres, Caroline Woolard, and Meredith Degyansky


Sunview Luncheonette | 221 Nassau Avenue

Curated by Greg Mihalko and Lani Hanna

Join us at the Sunview Luncheonette on Saturday, May 23rd for a dinner and discussion of informal economies. Interactions of labor, wages, art and value are implicit, yet are increasingly made explicit, are re-presented, used as artistic mediums, and explored across disciplines. We’ll discuss how these economic structures tie into social reproduction, what time-banking is, interning, volunteering, bartering and sharing — all while we enjoy a delicious meal using produce from a network of upstate farms.

Often the economic critique about gender focuses primarily on the pay gap. Our consideration of feminist intervention into economy extends beyond this discussion into labor, (volunteer and paid) for example, caring and domestic. This is a discussion about how work and economy are fundamentally organized.

Dinner will be served on a sliding scale donation of $10-$15

Tentative menu:

Kale Chips
cashews, sriracha

Roasted Beet Salad
goat cheese, olive oil

Radish Sandwiches
arugula, sea salt, butter on a baguette

Fish Tartine
pickles, parsnips, scallion-garlic butter with spinach salad

(Beer and wine for a small donation)

Space and food is limited! RSVP by Friday May 22 to:

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Organized by
Greg Mihalko and Lani Hanna

We'll be joined by
Tianna Kennedy
Jen Ayres
Caroline Woolard
Meredith Degyansky

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Informal economy = any kind of exchange that is unwaged and unregulated.
(i.e. Street vendors in Mexico City, push-cart vendors in New York City, rickshaw pullers in Calcutta, jitney drivers in Manila, garbage collectors in Bogotá, and roadside barbers in Durban + workers are engaged in small shops and workshops that — repair bicycles and motorcycles, recycle scrap metal, make furniture and metal parts, tan leather and stitch shoes, weave, dye, and print cloth, polish diamonds and other gems, make and embroider garments, sort and sell cloth, paper, and metal waste [Martha Alter Chen et al. 2004, 2005] )