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Silvia Federici "Reproduction and feminist struggle in the construction of alternatives to capitalism and colonial relations"

du 4 avril 2016 au 6 avril 2016
1. Séminaire "Reproduction and feminist struggle in the construction of alternatives to capitalism and colonial relations"
4 avril 10h-12h et 14h-16h
6 avril, 14h-16h

2. Grande conférence suivie d’une table ronde le 5 avril, 14h-17h

Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici

ARGUMENTAIRE DU SEMINAIRE

While classic Marxist theory has privileged the factory and the industrial proletariat as respectively the primary site and subject of anti-capitalist struggles, the restructuring of the global economy and the emergence of new social movements has shifted attention to the role of reproduction in anti-hegemonic struggle.
In this seminar I discuss the significance of this theoretical and practical ‘paradigm shift’ and the role that feminist theories and movements have played in its promotion. I have divided the seminar in 3 parts.

Part 1 will examine the critique of Marxist theory and analysis of reproductive work developed by theorists of the wages for housework international campaign of the 1970s, with special attention to: the role of unpaid reproductive work in the reproduction of capitalist relations; the function of the ‘wage’ in the construction of devalued, naturalized conceptions of femininity, the structural relation between gender and racial discrimination. I will also contrast this view of the construction of femininity in capitalism with its representation in the dominant trends of feminist philosophy and social theory.

Part 2 will examine how looking at social relations from the viewpoint of reproduction affects our conception of capitalism and colonialism, past and present, in particular how it redefines the processes of originary accumulation and the present global extension of capitalist relations. After discussing some of the main themes in Caliban and the Witch, I will engage in a critical analysis of alternative accounts of the motivating forces and consequences of capitalist development , focusing upon postmodern and Marxist autonomists theories of social change.

Part 3 will examine the struggles that women in particular have made, internationally, on the terrain of reproduction –from domestic work and care work to agricultural work – investigating the changes they have brought about in the relation between women, capital and the state, and the new forms of social relation and reproduction they have created. I will focus on the relation between the demand this work be waged –through wages for housework or a guaranteed basic income– and the struggle for land reclamation and the construction of ‘reproductive commons.’

PRÉSENTATION DE SILVIA FEDERICI
Silvia Federici, née en 1942 à Parme en Italie, est professeur émérite de l’Université Hofstra, à Long Island dans l’état de New York, où elle enseigne les sciences sociales. Avant cela, elle a enseigné à l’Université de Port Harcourt au Nigéria pendant plusieurs années. Elle a co-fondé le International Feminist Collective, a participé à l’organisation de la Wages for Housework campaign (Campagne pour un salaire domestique) et a contribué au collectif Midnight Notes. Elle a participé à créer le Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa (CAFA), et en 1995, le projet d’opposition à la peine de mort, connu comme Radical Philosophy Association (Association de philosophie radicale).


Publications
En français : Caliban et la sorcière. Femmes, corps et accumulation primitive. Entremonde/Senonevero, Genève-Paris/Marseille, 2014.

En anglais :
(éd.) Enduring Western Civilization. The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and Its "Others". Westport, CT, et Londres, Praeger, 1995.
(éd.) A Thousand Flowers. Structural Adjustment and the Struggle for Education in Africa, Africa World Press, 2000.
(éds.) African Visions. Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa, Westport, CT, et Londres, Praeger, 2000.
Revolution at Point Zero. Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle, Brooklyn/Oakland, Common Notions/PM Press, 2012.

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Contact :
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Lieu(x) :
1. Séminaire "Reproduction and feminist struggle in the construction of alternatives to capitalism and colonial relations"
4 avril 10h-12h (salle D31) et 14h-16h (salle D30) ;
6 avril, 14h-16h (salle D30).

2. Grande conférence suivie d’une table ronde le 5 avril / 14h-17h / Maison de la Recherche, salle D29.