• What is Caliban and the Witch?

    Representing 3+ decades of feminist research, Sylvia 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 relationship/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. 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. ​

  • Applications to Our Lives

    Launching from her book's key insights, we will also ask: How could the ideas in Caliban and the Witch critiquing the foundations of capitalism now help us re-envision a feminist economy as we rebuild our world and heal amidst the challenges of Covid-19? How does this historical moment—of a global pandemic, global protests against racial injustice, and increasing feminist consciousness —come together in re-imagining social transformations?

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 created colonial racial hierarchies. (Thus, we heal white supremacy by healing Christian state supremacy.)

Perceive a lost history—i.e. how women resisted patriarchal power; how the poor revolted against enclosures of the commons; 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.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lecture #1: Preface

    • #1_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_Preface

  • 2

    Lecture #2: Introduction—Exhaustion & Patriarchy

    • #2_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_Introduction_to_the_Book_Exhaustion&Patriarchy

  • 3

    Lecture #3: "All the World Needs a Jolt"—Reclaiming Power & Subversive Histories

    • #3_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_"All the World Needs a Jolt"—Reclaiming Power & Subversive Histories

  • 4

    Lecture #4: "All the World Needs a Jolt"—Christian Patriarchy, Gender, Race, & Conquest

    • #4_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_ "All the World Needs a Jolt"—Christian Patriarchy, Gender, Race, & Conquest

  • 5

    Lecture #5: "The Accumulation of Labor"—Wage Labor, Unwaged Labor, Enslaved Labor

    • #5_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_ "The Accumulation of Labor"—Wage Labor, Unwaged Labor, Enslaved Labor

  • 6

    Lecture #6: "Accumulation of Labor" & The Effects of Enclosures

    • #6_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_"Accumulation of Labor"—Effects of Enclosures

  • 7

    Lecture #7: Difference, the Body, & Trauma

    • #7_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_Difference, the Body, & Trauma

  • 8

    Lecture #8: Invoicing Patriarchy & Redistributing Resources

    • #8_Caliban & The Witch In a Time of Covid-19_Invoicing Patriarchy_Redistributing_Resources

  • 9

    Lecture #9: "The Struggle Against the Rebel Body"—MindBody Dualism & Trauma

    • #9_Caliban & the Witch In a Time of Covid-19—The Struggle Against the Rebel Body—MindBody Dualism & Trauma

  • 10

    Lecture #10: "The Struggle Against the Rebel Body"—continued

    • #10_Caliban & the Witch In a Time of Covid-19_"The Struggle Against the Rebel Body"—continued

  • 11

    Lecture #11: Mindbody Reconnection, Exhaustion & Tree Root Community

    • #11_Caliban & the Witch In a Time of Covid-19_"The Great Caliban"—Mindbody Reconnection, Exhaustion & Tree Root Community

  • 12

    Lecture #12: "The Great Witch Hunt in Europe"— On the Suppression of Women's Power

    • #12_Caliban & the Witch In a Time of Covid-19_"The Great Witch Hunt in Europe"— On the Suppression of Women's Power

  • 13

    Lecture #13: Caliban_"The Great Witch Hunt in Europe"—Close Reading of Key Passages

    • #13_Caliban & the Witch In a Time of Covid-19_"The Great Witch Hunt in Europe"—Close Reading of Key Passages

  • 14

    Lecture #14: "Caliban_Colonization and Christianization"—Racial Hierarchies & the Gender Binary

    • 14_Caliban & the Witch In a Time of Covid-19_"Caliban_Colonization and Christianization"—Racial Hierarchies & the Gender Binary

  • 15

    Lecture #15: Conclusion

    • #15_Caliban & the Witch In a Time of Covid-19_Conclusion

This Feminist Studies Audio Course Offers:

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

  • Reflection questions and notes for each lecture.

  • Recommended additional readings in each lecture linking feminist studies to many fields, 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.

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

  • Methods to practice creative power and to counter abusive power.

Tuition

Course access is for 6 months. Please note all Feminism School courses are nonrefundable.

Feminist Leadership Training package is a customized month of 1:1 consulting and teaching for implementation of course concepts. It includes 4 trainings (75 minutes) + extended materials for course integration. This package is designed for those in positions of leadership (clergy, businesses, educators, etc.) who will be using the course ideas to teach or lead others.

FAQs

  • Is this a course I can take without having much time?

    If you choose the Audio Course for self study, yes it is absolutely designed so you can squeeze the intensive learning into the nooks of life—when you are cooking, cleaning, commuting, taking a walk on your lunch break, etc. The lectures are accessible (around 20 minutes long) and can be listened to on your phone.

    When I started teaching outside the university in 2006, my goal was to support single moms who maybe had 15 minutes a day to do feminist study! I wanted to create access points. This is still my goal: to help more folks have access to higher education in gender studies, critical race theory, ethnic studies, etc., especially amidst the very real constraints of people's lives.

    That said, the Feminist Leadership Training package takes considerably more bandwidth as we integrate course ideas into your areas of personal and professional leadership, and I train you to support and teach others using these transformational ideas.

  • I am eager to go deep. Could this course help me with further research?

    Yes! Absolutely. I design all my courses so there are additional reading lists for the folks who want to keep learning. If you are a graduate student or college student, or a person who has the time, desire, and energy to keep studying, you will find that in the lecture notes I offer many additional reading resources for you.

  • Do I have to read the book Caliban and the Witch to benefit from this course?

    For the self-study option, no you do not have to read the book! If you do read the book, the course will be a different experience, of course. But, I design my Feminist Studies Audio Lectures so you can still benefit from the material even without having time to read the books. For Feminist Leadership Training, you do need to have time available to read the text.

  • What are your credentials to teach across so many areas of research?

    My Ph.D. is in ethnic studies from UC San Diego, focusing on Black feminism and women of color feminism. I also did the full coursework required for a 2nd Ph.D. in gender studies. Before that I graduated with an M.A. in religious history (summa cum laude) from Yale University, where I was a Merit Scholar and Postgraduate Fellow in Gender Equity. Before that, I trained as a psychodynamic therapist. My research is deep, but my teaching is accessible. I have held fellowship and visiting scholar positions at multiple Ivy League universities, but I have also been teaching outside the university for 15 years. I have always been committed to circulating my work beyond academia and making feminist study accessible.

  • What is your refund policy?

    My courses and Feminist Leadership Trainings are nonrefundable. I know that when folks show up to the ideas in my courses, ripples of significant change in their lives and communities happen!

  • I like what you post on social media and would like access to more of your ideas but I cannot pay you. Why do you charge for your research and teaching in a feminist economy?

    This is actually a very important question! To begin, my teaching methods—when people truly show up to the work— will radically transform their lives, But, those methods come from 5 graduate programs of my own study, which were my own investment in learning so that I now have so much to offer you.

    Compared to university tuitions and the cost of units for university courses, my courses are considerably less expensive while still offering graduate level rigor. I offer my self-study audio lectures around what 1 credit costs in higher education. (That is a bargain!)

    That being said, my goal as I build this school is to be able to make more free resources available. However, that free distribution of my life's work depends on the sustainability required to run this school and do the daily research that creates my in-depth teaching across many fields of study. It also requires managing the 6 figures of debt I took out to research and synthesize this innovative knowledge that I now teach you!

    Many people don't understand the amount of years of one's life and cost that go into this kind of quality research. When you invest in Feminism School, you are getting access to 20 years of my devotion to acquiring a very unique set of ideas. I believe women deserve to be paid for our expertise in teaching feminist studies, including the years spent acquiring the knowledge to teach fluidly across so many fields of research usually separated.

  • What are your free products and your scholarships?

    I made 30+ free lectures available on my podcast, Writing Feminist Life Together. You will find in these lectures key ideas from my 20 years of research and teaching. Please do check them out if you would benefit from free resources!

    Also, my signature course, The Emotional Self-Defense Course, has some reduced price options and is always free for Native American and Indigenous people.

    Finally, I encourage folks to find other educational resources online through a university that is equipped by their endowment to offer more free classes.

    I unfortunately am not able to answer emails with requests for free access to courses, but I will be developing more free materials as I have capacity. Stay tuned!

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Your Instructor & Feminism School Founder

Dr. Kimberly B. George

Dr. Kimberly B. George (Ph.D. Ethnic Studies UCSD, M.A. Religious Studies Yale University) is a trauma-informed feminist scholar, educator, and consultant. She partners with individuals and organizations to facilitate workshops and programs with deep dives into feminist research on transformation. Interdisciplinary and rigorous in how she approaches her teaching, with a commitment to contemplative, holistic study, she has trained across five graduate programs, stretching from the Ivies (Yale University) to the more culturally radical UC system. Her areas of study focus on ethnic studies and feminist critical race theory; religious history; feminist intellectual and activist history; trauma studies and psychodynamic research; and pedagogy and contemplative studies. She's been building accessible, graduate level courses outside the university since 2006. She identifies as a mystic and contemplative, as well as a scholar. She is published in numerous outlets, including OnBeing, The Washington Spectator, and the Feminist Wire. She is the co-editor of the book Football, Culture, and Power (Routledge).