Women*s Reading Group – Caliban and the Witch

Let’s gather in 2016 to read and discuss Caliban and the Witch! This is a space for women-identified folks to chat about the author’s thoughts (and your own). The book examines the history of capitalism’s gory development, seen as a response to increasing peasant revolt and collective power. It argues that the killing, exploitation, and control of women through the witch hunts was a prerequisite for capitalism’s inception and is still connected to women’s lives under capitalism’s parasitic, ecocidal form today.

Federici is a materialist feminist who finds Marx’s theories about capitalism useful, but also sexist and incomplete. No need to be a marxist. Feel free to attend to critique. No reading group experience is required. This is not a formal space for organizing, decision-making, or consensus.


Monday Jan. 11, 2016, 7-9pm
Preface and Introduction, (pg. 0-20)

Monday Jan. 25, 2016, 7-9pm
All The World Need A Jolt: Social Movements and Political Crisis in Medieval Europe, (pg. 21-60)

Monday Feb. 8, 2016, 7-9pm
The Accumulation of Labour and the Degradation of Women: Constructing ‘Difference’ in the ‘Transition to Capitalism’ (pg. 61-132)

Monday Feb. 22, 2016, 7-9pm
The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against the Rebel Body, (pg.133-162)

Monday March. 7, 2016, 7-9pm
The Great Witch Hunt in Europe, (pg. 163-218)

Monday March 21, 2016, 7-9pm
Colonization & Christianization: Caliban and Witches in the New World, (pg. 219-243)

Book available FREE online: https://libcom.org/files/Caliban%20and%20the%20Witch.pdf

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