“The witch appears as a legendary and imaginary character. She isn’t. There were women who were, in fact, arrested, persecuted and killed. We have to fight to guarantee that we aren’t burned again.”
All over the world, violence against women is on the increase, frequently taking the form of a new “witch hunt”. Silvia Federici examines the meaning of this return, relating it to the witch hunts that took place in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – in Europe and the “new world” – and to the new forms of capitalist accumulation, while looking closely at the meaning of the figure of the witch in feminist theory and culture.
Silvia Federici is an activist, feminist, writer and teacher of Political Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University in New York. This lecture accompanies the launch of the Portuguese version of her most recent and highly acclaimed book Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and the Original Accumulation, published by Orfeu Negro.