We published these notes in the Special Issue of Ephemera Journal, Theory & Politics in Organisation, "Repair Matters". Here, we shared the questions and challenges around care and health that emerged in our research project, with a specific emphasis on the common ethics of emancipation in institutional critique. We asked ourselves how institutions are caring for the people in our critical present and toward a horizon of change.
Last year, the Scottish magazine “The Drouth” and “Vessel Art Project” asked us to share some reflections about our research, Entering Outside, as a multi-site and multi-format dialogue among critical practices of healing and caring in the south of Europe.
A petición de Cristina Vega, que estaba compilando un libro sobre las intersecciones entre cuidados, comunidad y común, tradujimos al castellano extractos de una entrevista que Giovanna Gallio le realiza a Franco Rotelli sobre el sistema sanitario triestino, así como un Manifiesto por la ciudad social, como ese horizonte que inspira la práctica sanitaria de las Microáreas.
The last years slogan of the Berlin Disability and Mad Pride Parade was called: Ganzhaben statt Teilhaben. The activists literally translated the slogan from German into English saying: ALLicipating instead of PARTicipating, meaning, we want to have it all or we want the whole instead of getting only a bit. Or speaking in a more metaphorical sense: We don't want a piece of cake, we want the whole fucking bakery!
Este texto indaga cómo pueden contribuir las instituciones a construir nuevas posibilidades para la vida social y para el cuidado en la crisis iniciada en 2008 y que se prolonga hasta nuestros días.
Sari Massiotta. Whether it is possible or not to rethink territorial health care policies and care practices from within the institutions today depends principally upon the institutions’ own ability to put themselves at risk: to move through urban life and the perception of the forms of social life that articulate care. Instead of trying to make life orderly and reify health through technical assistance, the workers would become fellow-residents articulating an internal tension, critical of the public institutions’ capacity to act.
Beyond the politics of welfare. Towards an ecology of care.
Community Healthcare Services and its Potential for Social Transformation. Empirical Research departing from experiences in Trieste/Italy.
Federico Rotelli. The scale at which health takes place is first and foremost an urban scale, determined by the mechanisms of exclusion and discrimination by which social spaces are configured. The practice of health therefore is born first and foremost out of respect and the construction of practices within this complex relationship. Beyond mechanisms of evaluation and measurement, institutional practices have to situate themselves in the impossibility of translation: in the overflow of urban subjectivities. That is where one might develop situated tools rather than deploy abstract protocols.
Federica Sardiello. Against the imposition of the assymetrical and professional relationships characteristic of medical practice, the micro-area aims to upend this model and to think about health principally as a space from which to contribute to the construction of democracy. This means seeking out singular processes of emancipation and empowerment. It also means constructing these processes in such a way that they collectivize and place institutional responsibilities upon a territory, in all its richness and potential. The institutional that sustains the common. The singular within a collective process.
From "Activist Sense and Urban Ecologies of Care": My first gateway into the complex ecology of Trieste is a specific programme that operates within the general healthcare system itself. I will move through it in dialogue with the voices and practices of those who run it, as my thoughts and reflections on the local integrated care program (and on the caring ecologies in general) rely on an ongoing collaboration with Margherita Bono, who works in the Micro Area Programmes and who in the last few years has led action research projects to redefine their functioning.