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Kathi Weeks: Feminism and the Problem with Work

Discover radical philosopher Kathi Weeks as she challenges traditional notions of work and family. In this course, delve into topics like Universal Basic Income and postwork possibilities, drawing insights from canonical philosophers and contemporary thinkers. Explore the intersection of feminism, antiwork politics, and social reproduction in this eye-opening journey of reimagining work.

  • All levels
  • 21 and older
  • $335
  • Online Classroom
  • 12 hours over 4 sessions

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  • $335
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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).

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • Upon request, we will refund less 5% cancellation fee of a course up until 6 business days before its start date.
  • Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to 75% refund or full course credit.
  • After the first class: 50% refund or 75% course credit.
  • No refunds or credits will be given after the second class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

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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