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Silvia Federici
Social Sciences, Emerita, Hofstra University

Feminism and the Politics of the Commons in an Era of Primitive Accumulation
Monday, January 26 / 3 PM / Humanities 202

The Crisis of Social Reproduction and Feminist Struggle
Tuesday, January 27 / 1–3 PM / Humanities 210

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Silvia Federici is a scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical Feminist Marxist tradition. She is co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa and the RPA (Radical Philosophy Association) Anti-Death Penalty Project. Federici’s published work includes Enduring Western Civilization: The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and its ‘Others’ (editor), and A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities (co-editor). She is also the author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (Autonomedia, 2004), a history of the body in the transition to capitalism that argues for the key role played by capitalist expropriation of women’s unpaid labor and reproduction and by colonial expropriation in the rise of modern capitalism. She provides a framework for understanding the work of the IMF, World Bank and other proxy institutions as engaging in a renewed cycle of primitive accumulation.

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