Amidst a global pandemic and uprisings for justice, this course asks:

How do we build a feminist economy to sustain the labors of change?

We heal our economy by reimagining...

what patriarchal racial capitalism has taught us to believe about ourselves and one another.

We create the healing through everyday practices that build a feminist economy.

We learn to defy the values of a capitalist system based on violence, exhaustion, exploitation, class/race/gender/religious hierarchy, and separation from one another. 

We name, recognize, and support the forms of invisible labor that sustain life and change the world.

Course Details

Caliban and the Witch in a Time of Covid-19 analyzes intersections of capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy, while also offering feminist tools to center resistance movements and creative power.

  • 15 audio lectures covering the book's content (5.5 hours total).

  • 105 Meditations Course Workbook (122 pages).

  • Complete transcripts for the audio lectures (120 pages).

  • Recommended additional readings helping you connect ideas across fields of study (including religious studies, Indigenous studies, and Black studies).

  • Links made between the content of the historical study, our lived and embodied experiences today, and how we imagine and co-create social change.

  • Guidance for contemplative, holistic, and trauma-informed feminist learning practices.

Why turn to a study of the book Caliban and the Witch to imagine our way forward into this feminist economy?

  • What is Caliban and the Witch?

    Silvia Federici's classic book investigates why hundreds of thousands of women were killed as "witches" in the development of capitalism. Male historians had overlooked the significance of a systemic targeting of women within Europe during the rise of capitalism, the transatlantic slave trade, and western colonialism.

  • Why did mystics, "heretics", midwives, herbalists, and single women so threaten the economic and religious order that widescale violence was used to suppress their voices and communities?

    In short, capitalism had to target specific ways of knowing, ways of being, and ways of kinship. Just as capitalism was built off enslaved labor in the colonies, it also had to do violence to women within Europe.

  • Why does Federici write so much on the enclosures of land and the effects on women?

    Just as land was enclosed within Europe (the loss of the commons) in the development of capitalism, land was taken over in the colonies from Indigenous peoples. Patriarchy and the development of modern racial hierarchies were entwined from the beginning of capitalism.

  • Key Contributions

    Federici brilliantly connects this history of witch hunts to western colonialism, racial hierarchies, and slavery; to the continued enclosure of land; and to the exploitation and devaluation of women's unpaid labor in the home. ​

  • Applications to Our Lives

    Caliban and the Witch helps us understand the historical systems that run on making women's labor invisible, just as they run on racial and class-based hierarchies. We explore how these concepts help us re-envision a feminist economy as we live Covid-19 and labor to dismantle white domination and heal patriarchy.

In this course, you will gain tools to:

Understand the relationship between enslaved labor, waged labor, and unwaged labor in the transition to capitalism.

Unpack how patriarchal Christian religious hierarchies perpetuated colonial racial hierarchies.

Perceive a lost history—i.e. how women resisted patriarchal power; how the poor revolted against enclosures of the commons within Europe; and how the witch hunts inflamed misogyny to suppress and divide movements for change.

Contemplate that to heal patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy, we need to feel and analyze how the daily exhaustion these systems perpetuate—especially on women's bodies— impacts our capacity to tear injustice down. 

Start to build together the practices to imagine and create new feminist economies for our justice-making that sustain the labors of transformation.

Infuse your life with the knowledge of feminist foremothers...

& unleash your creativity.

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