Happy Women’s History Month! In collaboration with Women’s History Month Kingston, we begin the discussion of Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch. This week we’re discussion section one, “All the World Needs a Jolt,” and it’s myriad of topics including “Serfdom as a Class Relation,” “The Struggle on the Commons,” “Liberty and Social Division,” “The Heretical Movements,” “The Politicization of Sexuality,” “The Black Death and the Labor Crisis,” and the rise of the State to counter the peasants revolution. Next week, we dive into part 2, “The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women: Constructing “Difference” in “Transition to Capitalism.” Let us know your thoughts and questions!
Who’s in this conversation?
Rakel Stammer is an artist and teacher who primarily works in painting and drawing, but also dabbles in sound, installation, collage, writing, photography, printmaking and performance. Her work has been published in several magazines, anthologies and journals across the world and she has exhibited in Denmark, Sweden and the U.S. She was on the show before, pre-COVID in October 2019, talking about her series “The C%#& (C-word) Drawings” completed during a residency at Deer Creek Collective. Rakel speaks publicly and writes about capitalism, art, trauma, dominance and violence, seen through an anti-capitalist, intersectional feminist lens!
Carolita Johnson is a cartoonist (The New Yorker magazine) and illustrator from NYC. She spent 13 years in Paris, France, after graduating from Parson’s School of Design with a degree in Fashion Design. In Paris, she earned a masters degree in Modern Letters and Linguistics, and got some (admittedly very idiosyncratic) chops in pre-doctoral Medieval Anthropology, which turned out to be her gateway drug to cartoons and illustration. She is also a writer, has appeared on HBO and NPR, performed in various esteemed settings, is an alumnus of the O+ Festival, and most recently added teaching via SUNY New Paltz to her list of accomplishments.
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