Historical connections of suppressed histories
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.
Application to making change today
Capitalism runs on making women's labor invisible, just as it runs on racial and class-based hierarchies. Deepening our understanding of these entwined systems help us re-envision anew what a feminist economy could look like, starting with our own communities.
Spiritual healing that dismantles capitalist values
We heal our economy by reimagining what patriarchal racial capitalism has taught us to believe about ourselves and one another. We connect economic justice to our fundamental interdependence with one another, other-than-human life, and the earth.
Caliban and the Witch in a Time of COVID-19 offers leaders analysis for moving through a global pandemic in a way that strengthens the momentum of our calls for racial, gender, class, and earth justice. Participants receive tools to understand the historical entanglements of patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism, even as we center histories of resistance and futures of possibilities.
The teachings are an offering for a renewed imagination as we ask: How do we create a feminist economy in order to support the labor that sustains and changes the world?
Our transformational study turns to a classic text of feminist history—Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch—to contemplate how we build a feminist economy to sustain the labor of collective change.
When we consider why women were targeted in Europe's witch hunts, alongside studying the rise of capitalism and western colonial racial violence, we gain tools to see there was always resistance. In fact, Federici argues the violence of capitalism was actually a counter-revolution to the progressive social and theological revolutions underway.
In Dr. George's course lectures on Federici's book, she teaches that we can 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 can name, recognize, and support the forms of invisible labor that sustain life and change the world.
15 course audio lectures with both scholarly and contemplative teaching by Dr. George (5.5 hours total).
105 Meditations Caliban Course Workbook (122 pages).
Trauma-informed teaching and our signature contemplative writing prompts for holistic feminist learning practices.
Recommended additional scholarly readings to deepen ideas across fields of study (including religious studies, ethnic 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.
Course transcriptions of audio lectures to support visual learners (131 pages).
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.