Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group

Following from the Communist Research Cluster's initiative this year to coordinate reading groups across the country (and other countries), the topic would be "Revolutionary Feminism". Although the reading group would have no formal affiliation with the Communist Research Cluster, it would use a Reader on Revolutionary Feminism that they have curated and provided for groups to use. The Rev. Fem. Reader exists in .pdf and .epub form, so could be circulated for free to anyone with access to the internet and brought to meetings via a personal device, e-reader or a print-out. T

You can find more information about the Readers and the network of reading groups here: https://communistresearchcluster.wordpress.com/

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The Reader is explained by the CRC as follows: "Featuring Marxist, anarchist, and other revolutionary feminist theoretical debates from the late 19th century to 1984, Revolutionary Feminism offers a foundation for thinking through capitalism and gender today." It has been organized into 17 chapters, and one chapter (which contains multiple readings, usually grouped together by theme or historical period) would be taken up at each two-hour meeting. Given that the Free School's courses run for 8 meetings and must thereafter be renewed or reposted, we could plan to try out the readting group format for eight meetings and decide how to proceed depending on the level of interest in the group. The CRC also notes that most groups are starting to meet in September. I'm unavailable between Sept 1-9, but would otherwise be happy to schedule the meetings for anytime that fits well with the Free School schedule (and could also postpone until later in the month or October if need be). 

I'll append the list of chapter heading below for your reference. The CRC website also recommends guidelines for conducting discussion in a fair and open manner, which I am glad to follow unless the Free School would like to recommend an alternative that has worked well for other groups. Here is the link to their recommended guidelines for discussion: https://communistresearchcluster.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done/ . Each week, the discussion is managed by a stack-keeper, who keeps track of time as well as manages discussion so that everyone has a chance to speak. This person rotates each week amongst the group's members, which can be organized at the first or the second meeting. I am prepared to remain the point person who does any organizational or administrative work throughout, although would also welcome a partner in this work should one arise!

The chapter headings in the reader are appended below. I hope this is enough information at this stage. I look forward to hearing from you with any questions or thoughts! Thanks so much.

https://communistresearchcluster.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/release-of-reader-vol-3-on-revolutionary-feminism/

Table of contents:

1. Engels
2. Second International
3. Anarchism
4. Russian Revolution
5. American Communist Party
6. Women’s Liberation
7. Gay Liberation
8. Socialist Feminism
9. Sexual Violence
10. Black Feminism
11. Biological Reproduction
12. Wages for Housework
13. Materialist Feminism
14. Domestic Labor
15. Sexuality
16. Dual Systems
17. Social Reproduction

Course sessions

    Wednesday September 16 2015

    7:00PM - 9:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group Meeting

    Wednesday September 30 2015

    7:00PM - 9:00PM ()

    Wednesday October 14 2015

    7:00PM - 9:00PM ()

    Wednesday October 21 2015

    7:00PM - 9:00PM ()

    Wednesday November 4 2015

    7:30PM - 9:30PM ()

    Wednesday December 2 2015

    7:00PM - 9:00PM ()

    Tuesday December 15 2015

    6:00PM - 7:30PM ()

    Wednesday January 6 2016

    7:00PM - 8:30PM ()

    Wednesday January 13 2016

    7:00PM - 8:30PM ()

    Wednesday January 20 2016

    7:00PM - 8:30PM ()

    Wednesday February 10 2016

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    Tuesday February 23 2016

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    Wednesday March 2 2016

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    Wednesday March 9 2016

    7:00PM - 8:30PM ()

    Wednesday March 23 2016

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    Wednesday March 30 2016

    7:00PM - 8:30PM ()