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Silvia Federici: "The unfinished feminist Revolution"

Keynote: Silvia Federici

Discussion: Alyssa Schneebaum 

The unfinished Feminist revolution:Influence of the global economy on housework

January 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. | Ceremonial Hall 2, WU Campus (Building LLC)

Silvia Federici is an Italian-American scholar, teacher, and activist from the autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor.

She was a founder of the International Network for Wages for Housework. During the ‘80s she lived and taught in Nigeria, where she also worked with women’s organizations and against the politics of structural adjustment that were then being tested throughout Africa.

She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years, is also the co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, and is a member of the Midnight Notes Collective.

Alyssa Schneebaum

Assistant Professor of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business - WU

An author, researcher and an exceptional feminist economist who brings together gender research and economics. Some of her recent research looks at how globalization is affecting the employment of women in developing countries and how wealth in Austrian households is divided between men and women. She specializes in Labor Economics, Applied Micro-econometrics, economic inequality, and the economics of the family. Schneebaum holds a Ph.D. in economics and a graduate certificate in advanced feminist studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

As long as reproductive work is devalued, as long as it is considered a private matter and women’s responsibility, women will always confront capital and the state with less power than men, and in conditions of extreme social and economic vulnerability.

Silvia Federici – Revolution at point Zero (2012)

Capitalism still relies on the creation and availability of future generations of workers. The patriarchal heterosexual nuclear family is still the most (economically) efficient way for capitalist societies to organize themselves, becausewithin the family, women do care work for free.

Alyssa Schneebaum - All in the Family: Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Love (2013)

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