"Feminist Insurgencies and the Reconstruction of the Commons"
This event is part of the Interseminars series for "Improvise and Intervene," supported by the Mellon Foundation.
About the Speaker
Silvia Federici is a feminist activist, teacher and writer. Born and raised in Italy, since the late 1960s she has lived in the United States where she has studied philosophy and later taught in various universities. In the 1970s, she was one of the founders of the International Campaign for Wages for Housework and the New York Wages For Housework Committee. In the early 1980s, over a period of three years she also taught courses in the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria and has since lectured at universities in many countries of Europe and Latin America. She was also one of the founders of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa and, in the 1990s, the Radical Philosophers’Anti-Death Penalty Project.
She is the author of books and essays on women's history and feminist theory, political philosophy and education. Her published works include: Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, now published 20 languages.
Her other published works include: Beyond the Periphery of the Skin: Rethinking, Remaking, Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism (2020); The Patriarchy of the Wage (2019); Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the politics of the Commons (2018); The New York Wages For Housework Committee: History,Theory, Documents. 1972-1977. (2018); Witch-hunting, Witches, and Women. (2017); Revolution at Point Zero. Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle. (2014)
Silvia Federici is Emerita Professor at Hofstra University.