An open public lecture with leading feminist thinker Silvia Federici, addressing interpersonal and institutional violence against women as discussed in her new book “Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women”, which offers powerful tools for understanding collective resistance to victimisation in the past and today.
Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher and activist. In 1972, she co-founded the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign. She has been instrumental in developing the concept of ‘reproduction’ as key to class relations, and central to forms of autonomy and the commons. Federici is celebrated for her decades of research and political organising, is active in anti-globalisation movements, the US anti-death penalty movement, and student and teacher struggles against the structural adjustment of African economies and educational systems. She has written numerous influential books on capitalism and feminist movements, including “Caliban and The Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation” (2004), “Revolution at Point Zero” (2012) and published this year “Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women” and “Reenchanting the World: Feminism and Politics of the Commons”.
Federici's lecture is a partnership between Collective and Talbot Rice Gallery hosted in the context of artist Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble and artist Petra Bauer and sex worker-led organisation SCOT-PEP’s Workers!. The event is a primer for REPRODUCTION a summer school taking place at Collective in June 2019.
Supported by Creative Scotland, Outset Scotland Student Circle, Culture Ireland GB18, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the School of History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and the University of Edinburgh.