Silvia Federici and Decolonial Topographies of Struggle

Silvia Federici and Decolonial Topographies of Struggle
With Giusi Russo


Date: Four Tuesdays in April: 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2023
Time: 6-7:30 PM Eastern US Time
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COST: $200
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This course aims to create a conceptual map of Silvia Federici’s theories and activism from her manifesto on wages for housework to the contemporary conception of the common. 

We will do a close reading of her canonic texts to define strugglers, struggles, and localities. 

Each class meeting starts with a set of questions and ends with a set of conclusions drawn from the discussion. The goal is tracing a decolonial trajectory in her work and assess its adaptability to our surroundings. For each meeting we’ll read one portion of Federici’s Caliban and the Witch plus a more recent article in a chronological order on the following topics: sexuality, housework, violence, and the commons.

Facilitator: Giusi Russo is a Tenured Assistant Professor of History at Montgomery County Community College in the greater Philadelphia area. She is the author of the monograph, Women, Empires, and Body Politics at the United Nations, 1946-1975 (University of Nebraska Press, 2003). She has published on the relationship between the UN and colonialism; specifically, “‘Freedom of Choice is a Western Concept’: Equality, Bodily Rhetoric, and Feminist Fears 1964-1974,” with The International History Review, (2020) and “Contested Practices, Human Rights, and Colonial Bodies in Pain: The UN and African Women, 1947-1965” with Gender & History, (2018). She teaches courses focusing on Europe and the World and is currently working on a second book project on the aesthetics of Third Worldsim in Italy. 

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