Forms of Survival and the Politics of Vulnerability / Feminism, Reproductive Labor, and the New Economy

Silvia Federici is an autonomous feminist Marxist who was active in the wages for housework movement. Her scholarship has offered a feminist critique both of perhaps more often read theorists of post-Fordism as well as central concepts in Marx, including primitive accumulation. We’ll think about reproductive labor and care work as we read a short interview, “On Capitalism, Colonialism, and Food Politics” and longer excerpts from Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle.

Readings: Silvia Federici, “On Capitalism, Colonialism, and Food Politics.” And Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (pages 65-76, 91-114, 115-126).

Forms of Survival & the Politics of Vulnerability is a semester-long workshop that attempts to re-think the notion of survival, which, though often associated with centuries-old evolutionary theory, has become central to contemporary political thought. The workshop is developed and led by Michelle Ty (PhD candidate English, Designated Emphasis Critical Theory).