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Kathi Weeks: Feminism and the Problem with Work

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 14
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You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

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Classes will be held via Zoom.

Teacher: Sophie Lewis

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this unique class:

What is “the problem with work”? What has feminism been, and what might it become? Why is abolition of the family, historically speaking, “the infamous proposal of the feminists”? In this course, we will explore these questions (and more) by focusing on the writings of one of the major radical philosophers of our times, Kathi Weeks. From her first book Constituting Feminist Subjects to her magnum opus The Problem with Work, to her more recent work on scale, sex work, and utopian thinking, Weeks has substantially shaped the conversation surrounding such topics as Universal Basic Income (UBI), the work ethic, and the family. 

Through a study of Weeks’ work, we gain invaluable insight into the writings of canonical philosophers (such as Beauvoir and Nietzsche) as well as the keywords of our times, such as a “post-Fordism,” “affective labor,” and “family abolition.” How can Weeks help us rethink work and re-imagine “postwork” possibilities? How do antiwork politics relate to questions of care, social reproduction, and family abolition?

Our deep dive into the oeuvre of Kathi Weeks will combine video and audio clips, book chapters, scholarly articles and journalistic essays, as well as reference to Weeks’s influences and interlocutors (for instance: Karl Marx, Shulamith Firestone, Ernst Bloch, Wages for Housework, Donna Haraway, Michael Hardt, and Fredric Jameson), students, and/or fellow travelers (Sarah Jaffe, Helen Hester, Heather Berg, Melissa Gira Grant, and more).


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Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

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