The Commons - From Private Property to Feminist Other Ways

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

The Feminist Commons

Spring 2021

Taught By: Miriam Ticktin

Section: A

CRN: 8946

Credits: 3

We live in a world that is overwhelmingly structured by private property. Yet hiding in the interstices of this dominant political-economic and legal formation are a set of commons, forms of mutual responsibility or commoning that escape, challenge or subvert the limits of private property. From air and ocean to radical forms of mutual aid to open source science, as the Marxist feminist theorist Sylvia Federici notes, “not only has the commons not vanished, but also new forms of social cooperation are constantly being produced, including in areas of life where none previously existed like, for example, the Internet.” Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the commons, as we grapple with the tremendous social, political, and environmental fallout from four decades of neoliberalism and rampant privatization. This course will examine how the commons have been organized and debated, paying close attention to how feminist, indigenous, critical race, and postcolonial thinkers and actors have theorized forms of commoning necessary for remaking community in a violent and rapacious world. We will ask how social reproduction is enacted in the interstices of privatization and in new experimental domains. This course will be offered in collaboration with NYU, and co-taught by Julie Livingston. Instructor permission is required to register for this course.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (GANT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021