The Strategy of the Commons: Queerness and Collaborative Economy in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland

Roshni Caputo-Nimbark (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Codroy Valley Commons is an initiative that uses commoned space to grow and share food in Newfoundland and Labrador’s historical agricultural hub. Commoning not only safeguards against depopulation and enclosure, but is an intrinsically queer act that encourages alternative ways of thinking about economic value. My research focuses on vernacular poetics and queer theory to address the critical role of commons, foodways, and socioecological relations in enhancing community resilience and wellbeing. Combining archival research, public folklore methodology, and social theory, I demonstrate how attention to historic and contemporary commoning is a potentially powerful counterforce to hegemonic discourses that rationalize enclosures.

Part of 02-08 Queer Folkloristics across Time and Space, Thursday, November 02, 10:30 am–12:30 pm