Cornell University

Abolition of the Family: The Most Infamous Feminist Proposal A public lecture by Kathi Weeks, 2019-2020 Invited Society Scholar.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 4:30pm

A. D. White House
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

In the 1970s what Marx and Engel’s satirized as the most “infamous proposal of the communists,” the abolition of the family, becomes the most scandalous demand of feminists.  Ever since then, numerous U.S. feminists have tried to walk it back.  This talk revisits 1970s feminist family abolitionism and develops an argument for its contemporary relevance. 

Kathi Weeks is Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University.  She is the author of Constituting Feminist Subjects (re-issued by Verso, 2018) and The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries (Duke University Press, 2011).

This Lecture is free and open to the public.

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