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A Global Feminist Critique of Capital: Reflecting on Fanon, Federici, Spillers, and Spivak

A Global Feminist Critique of Capital: Reflecting on Fanon, Federici, Spillers, and Spivak

A Global Feminist Critique of Capital: Reflecting on Fanon, Federici, Spillers, and Spivak

Since the global economic crisis of 2008, the trajectory of capitalism has been transformed by a series of political, economic, environmental, and humanitarian crises, signaling the need for developing critical tools and strategies that bring the analysis of colonial, racial, and cisheteropatriarchal subjugation to the center of the critique of global capital.

The objective of this two-day workshop is to set up a conversation that will provide the elements for a consideration and assembling of a global feminist critique of capital. Toward doing so, it brings together scholars in postcolonial studies, black studies, and political economy to engage in discussion of a framework and approach to the critique of global capitalism that addresses these crises, through reflection on the analysis of colonial and racial violence advanced by the anticolonial political philosopher Frantz Fanon and by three leading contemporary feminist theorists: political theorist Silvia Federici, black critical theorist Hortense Spillers, and postcolonial literary theorist Gayatri C. Spivak.

We are beyond excited to be collaborating on this event, emerging out of our ongoing entanglements with Denise and Hortense, ever since Denise first came to Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way back in 2014 (!?), and she and Hortense chatted at Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives in the Standing in the Flesh discussion the following year.

Keynote Conversation – In Person & Live-streamed

Thursday March 28 | 5-7pm EST+1 (9-11pm GMT)

Silvia Federici (introduction by Juliana Bidadanure), Hortense Spillers (introduction by Fred Moten), and Gayatri C. Spivak (introduction by Vasuki Nesiah), moderated by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Paula Chakravartty. The March 28 Keynote will be livestreamed for those not attending in person – please sign up for this via this Google Form.

Workshop by Invitation

Friday March 29 | 10am-5pm EST

Three panels with a group of leading international scholars, activists, and artists on the topics of debt, reparations, and rebelry.

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Access Statement from CRACS Co-Lab

NYU provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Please submit your request for accommodations for events and services at least two weeks before the date of your accommodation need. Although we can’t guarantee accommodation requests received less than two weeks before the event, you should still contact us and we will do our best to meet your accommodation need. Please email CRACS Co-Lab for assistance on


Presented by CRACS Co-Lab with Co-sponsors: NYU Department of Spanish & Portuguese, NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Arika, NYU Center for the Humanities, NYU Gallatin, NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Hemispheric Institute, Northwestern University Latina & Latino Studies Program, International Consortium of Critical Theory at UC Berkeley, and the Edmund W. Gordon Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University. Hosted by Performance Space New York.


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