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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Silvia Federici. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Silvia Federici, often where they are interviewed.

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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Silvia Federici. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Silvia Federici, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 7: Silvia Federici's 'Caliban and the Witch': Capitalism, Violence and Patriarchy in the Early Modern Era

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In this episode we discuss Silvia Federici's seminal work 'Caliban and the Witch,' which calls for us to examine the development of capitalism through the eyes and the body of women in the early modern era. Along the way we discuss the idea of modernity; the relationship between theory, politics and history; and the claim that Federici's recent work could be read as justifying transphobia in the present day.////

A thread on Federici's use of sources on the witch-hunts mentioned early in the episode can be found here: https://libcom.org/blog/witch-hunts-transition-capitalism-20122011////

The article 'Federici vs Marx' by Gilles Dauvé, mentioned by Danny in the epsiode can be found here: https://libcom.org/library/federici-versus-marx-gilles-dauve////

One of several reviews of Federici's 'Beyond the Periphery of the Skin' which critiques the apparent transphobia of this more recent work can be found here: https://www.full-stop.net/2020/05/28/reviews/cory-austin-knudson/beyond-the-periphery-of-the-skin-silvia-federici/////

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The podcast music is Stealing Orchestra & Rafael Dionísio,  'Gente da minha terra (que me mete um nojo do caralho).' Reproduced from the Free Music Archive under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License, available here:https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Stealing_Orchestra__Rafael_Dionsio/_Rafael_Dionsio_-_Uma_Desgraa_Nunca_Vem_S/Gente_da_minha_terra_que_mete_um_nojo_do_caralho////

The podcast logo is an adapted version of the Left Book Club logo (1936-48), reproduced, edited and shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International licence. Original available here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Left_Book_Club_logo.png////

 The image in this episode is 'Einblattdruck zu einer Hexenverbrennung in Derenburg (Grafschaft Reinstein)' (1555), available in the public domain here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zeitung_Derenburg_1555_crop.jpg////

Jul 26 2020 · 1hr 13mins
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#258 | Beyond The Periphery: Reclaiming The Body Under Contemporary Capitalism w/ Silvia Federici

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[Intro: 5:18 | Transcript: ENG/BP: https://bit.ly/3jqcdMk / https://bit.ly/39iuKp6]

In this episode, I speak with feminist writer and teacher Silvia Federici. We discuss the themes of her new book ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin: Rethinking, Remaking, and Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism’ published through PM Press. 

The body—our sense of “self” in relation to others—has been restricted, reduced, and mutilated under Capitalism and the impositions of the State. This is particularly true with women, as Federici has thoroughly examined throughout her decades of research, in particular with her seminal work ‘Caliban and the Witch,’ which lucidly explores the brutal transformation European populations were forced to endure as these societies began to transition to the social order of Capitalism, now global in scope and reach. Occurring over centuries, this transition—with the enclosure of the Commons and the femicidal witch hunts— dramatically restricted of the sovereignty of the peasant class and brutalized the bodies of women. This process was fundamental in the constriction of the individual and its relations “beyond the periphery of the skin,” the consequences of which we can see up to the present moment.

“More than ever, “the body” is today at the center of radical and institutional politics. Feminist, antiracist, trans, ecological movements—all look at the body in its manifold manifestations as a ground of confrontation with the state and a vehicle for transformative social practices. Concurrently, the body has become a signifier for the reproduction crisis the neoliberal turn in capitalist development has generated and for the international surge in institutional repression and public violence. In ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin’, lifelong activist and best-selling author Silvia Federici examines these complex processes, placing them in the context of the history of the capitalist transformation of the body into a work-machine, expanding on one of the main subjects of her first book, ‘Caliban and the Witch.’” (https://bit.ly/3eci2sP)

Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972 she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective that launched the Wages for Housework campaign. Her books include ‘Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women’; Caliban and the Witch’; ‘Re-enchanting the World’; and ‘Revolution at Point Zero’. She is a professor emerita of social sciences at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years and was also the cofounder of the Committee for Academic Freedom for Africa.
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- Learn more about and purchase a copy of ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin’ from PM Press: https://bit.ly/3eci2sP

- The song featured in this episode is “Nyakinyua Rise” by Jlin from the album Black Origami: https://youtu.be/lGAy8KpeqR0

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Jul 10 2020 · 1hr 17mins

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Silvia Federici , Revolution at Point Zero

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Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Silvia Federici about her latest book: Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. The struggle to make visible how the Capitalist system depends on the unwaged reproductive labour of women. How the revolution must include both the liberation of men and women from exploitation. She speaks of the challenges, victories and alternatives. Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972, she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign internationally.

Jul 06 2020 · 29mins
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Caliban and the Witch (Chapter 4 - The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe) - Silvia Federici

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As we delve deepter into Silvia Federici's 'Caliban and the Witch', we learn about the origins of the banning of reproductive sex and the demonisation of homosexuality, how women were pushed out of the workforce, the environment of acceptance around violence on the bodies of women, the attacks on women's intergenerational knowledge, elite magicians of the bourgeoisie, how class war and not enlightenment caused the end of the witch trials, links between Nazism and the witch-hunts and an overview of Malthusianism. Join us for our episode on chapter 4 of Caliban and the Witch  - 'The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe' for insight into all these topics and more.

This episode is part of our series on Marxist-feminists. As Mao and Thomas Sankara have said, “Women hold up the other half of the sky.” Red Book Club recognizes that including the voices of nonmen in our studies is not a niche activity, but is in fact an essential step in gaining the most comprehensive view of the material conditions of the past and present that we possibly can; therefore we’ve planned this series to amplify the ideas that nonmen have been bringing to the conversation for centuries. From Federici’s analysis of women as a means of primitive accumulation to Luxemburg’s essay of the benefits of revolution vs the impossibility of reform, each of these works confronts history and the movement for social change through the lens of the experiences of nonmen in society. Follow us on Twitter at @RBCpod and feel free to message us if you need links to companion resources or have any questions. You can also find us on our new site at www.rbcpod.wordpress.com  where you can find ebook copies of the works that we're covering and more.

If you'd like to join or support the book club, you can find us on Patreon as Red Book Club: https://www.patreon.com/redbookclub including access to our Red Book Club discord server, early access to our episodes and more.

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Apr 11 2020 · 52mins

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Caliban and the Witch - Silvia Federici (Chapter 3 - The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against The Rebel Body)

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How were we transformed from humans into machines? In this third installement of Silvia Federici's 'Caliban and the Witch' we discuss 'Chapter 3 - The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against The Rebel Body' and learn about the origins of the mechanisation of the workforce, the new social conceptualisation of the body, magical corpses, the philosophical battle between Descartes and Hobbes and the introduction of shame of the body.


This episode is part of our series on Marxist feminists. As Mao said, “Women hold up the other half of the sky.” Red Book Club recognizes that including the voices of nonmen in our studies is not a niche activity, but is in fact an essential step in gaining the most comprehensive view of the material conditions of the past and present as we possibly can; so we’ve planned this series to amplify the ideas that nonmen have been bringing to the conversation for centuries. From Federici’s analysis of women as a means of primitive accumulation to Luxemburg’s essay of the benefits of revolution vs the impossibility of reform, each of these works confronts history and the movement for social change through the lens of the experiences of nonmen in society. Follow us on Twitter at @RBCpod and feel free to message us if you need links to companion resources or have any questions. You can also find us on our new site at www.rbcpod.wordpress.com  where you can find ebook copies of the works that we're covering and more.

If you'd like to join or support the book club, you can find us on Patreon as Red Book Club: https://www.patreon.com/redbookclub including access to our Red Book Club discord server and more. 

Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their  work here:  http://tiny.cc/keenan

Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord! 

Outro music: Lover Nature - Terra Soror

https://terrasoror.bandcamp.com

Mar 27 2020 · 43mins
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Caliban and the Witch - Silvia Federici (Chapter I - All the World Needs a Jolt)

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Women, the body and 'primitive accumulation'. In just the first chapter of this essential work, Silvia Federici wrestles with these topics, and many more.
Join us in the first of our readings on 'Caliban and the Witch', a groundbreaking book which tells the hidden history of the role of women in relation to the birth of capitalism, augments Marx's theory of primitive accumulation and teaches us to look afresh at both colonisation and the witch trials. 
In this first episode we will be looking at heretic movements, the very real class struggles waged by the peasants during capital's violent reaction against feudalism, the effect of the black death upon power relations and how the ruling class began trying to reduce women to nothing more than the reproducers of the labour force.

This episode is part of our series on Marxist feminists. As Thomas Sankara said, “Women hold up the other half of the sky.”  Red Book Club recognizes that including the voices of nonmen in our studies is not a niche activity, but is in fact an essential step in gaining  the most comprehensive view of the material conditions of the past  and present as we possibly can; so we’ve planned this series to amplify the ideas that nonmen have been bringing to the conversation for  centuries. From Federici’s analysis of women as a means of primitive accumulation to Luxemburg’s essay of the benefits of revolution vs the impossibility of reform, each of these works confronts history and the movement for social change through the lens of the experiences of nonmen in society. Follow us on Twitter at @RBCpod and feel free to message us if you need links to companion resources or have any questions.
You can also find us on our new site at www.rbcpod.wordpress.com  where you can find ebook copies of the works that we're covering and more.
If you'd like to join the book club, you can join our podcast's discord  server Red Book Club: https://www.patreon.com/redbookclub  including  access to our Red Book Club server and more.
Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the  intro theme; you can find more of their  work here:  http://tiny.cc/keenan
Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!

Outro music: Aborto di stato - Il Canzoniere Femminista
Feb 23 2020 · 1hr 26mins
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Silvia Federici on Women and Capitalism

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Dan interviewed legendary feminist scholar Silvia Federici on Caliban and the Witch at her Brooklyn apartment. Next year, he'll make a return trip to discuss Wages for Housework.

Here's the article on the Pawtucket factory strike by Joey La Neve DeFrancesco that Dan mentions jacobinmag.com/2018/06/factory-workers-strike-textile-mill-women

Thanks to Verso. Check out their huge selection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

Support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig
Sep 14 2019 · 2hr 8mins
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The Dig: Silvia Federici on Women and Capitalism

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Dan interviewed legendary feminist scholar Silvia Federici on Caliban and the Witch at her Brooklyn apartment. Next year, he'll make a return trip to discuss Wages for Housework.

Here's the article on the Pawtucket factory strike by Joey La Neve DeFrancesco that Dan mentions jacobinmag.com/2018/06/factory-workers-strike-textile-mill-women

Thanks to Verso. Check out their huge selection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

Support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig

Sep 14 2019 ·
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Ep. 63 – Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch

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[Edited to add: Federici published an earlier version of this book in Italian in 1984; the English book Caliban and the Witch, published in 2004, as a synthesis of the earlier work and her ongoing research, thinking, and experiences, including time living in Nigeria in the 1980s. This context bears on our discussions of colonialism and the slave trade in the episode. Thanks to a listener for pointing this out.] 

In this episode, join James, Emily, and John for a discussion of Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation. We attempt to parse her engagement with/extension of Marx’s concept of primitive accumulation, and question whether the figure of the witch in this text is a historical materialist one, a metonymic one, or some combination of the two. We also ask after the analogizing of witch hunts with the slave trade, draw on James’s rich knowledge of witchcraft to interrogate the role of actual witches in the text, think through the idea of capitalism’s historical inevitability, and perhaps even reveal ourselves to be different kinds of Marxists in the process!

Thanks to listener Jonathan Lowell for the request to read Federici. Requests for texts for us to discuss? Dreams for us to interpret? Advice questions for us to answer? Email us at alwaysalreadypodcast AT gmail DOT com. Subscribe on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. RSS feed here. Thanks to Bad Infinity for the intro music, “Post Digital,” from their album FutureCommonsalways already thanks to B for the outro music. For the mp3 of the episode click here.

https://alwaysalreadypodcast.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/federici.mp3

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Silvia Federici in 2014. Photo by Marta Jara, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 es license. Found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvia_Federici#/media/File:La_escritora_y_activista_feminista_Silvia_Federici_(cropped).jpg

Aug 13 2019 ·
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Silvia Federici Re-Enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons

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Silvia Federici Re-Enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons
Apr 02 2019 · 58mins
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