The Arcane of Reproduction Then & Now, with Leopoldina Fortunati

6 March 2020, 6.00 PM - 6 March 2020, 8.00 PM

Leopoldina Fortunati

Priory Road Complex 12 Priory Road Bristol BS8 1TU

What is reproductive labour and why is it important? We'll discuss it with Leopoldina Fortunati, a founder of social reproduction theory.


An event organised with the support of the Standing Seminar in Critical Theory, SWDTP, the University of Bristol and the University of Bath.

Main speaker: Leopoldina Fortunati (University of Udine)

Discussant: Katie Cruz (University of Bristol)

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The Women's Strike is a global movement. Across the world, on 8 March, millions of women are going on strike from productive and reproductive labour. A Women's Strike demonstration is taking place in Bristol too.

But what is reproductive labour and why is it important? We will discuss it with Leopoldina Fortunati, one of the founders of social reproduction theory. Fortunati began her activism in the context of workers' struggles in the 1960s and 1970s in Italy and was a key member of the feminist movement for Wages for Housework. She then became the author of the classic book "The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital" (1981), and - with Silvia Federici - of "Il Grande Calibano: Storia del corpo sociale ribelle nella prima fase del capitale" (1984).

Katie Cruz is a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on Marxist feminist theory and the legal regulation of sex work.

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