What If Housewives Were Paid?
Tuesday, Feb 25 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The University of Rijeka cordially invites all interested students to participate in yet another workshop within the Femininum programme, set to take place on Friday, February 28, at 3:00 PM on the Aquarium premises on Campus. The workshop will be headed by Professor Ankica Čakardić, Ph.D., and she'll be tackling the topic of feminist political economy along with the issue of unpaid work as a condition of social reproduction. 
The theme aims to outline the feminist issue within two different systems of political economy in the methodology context of a historical and materialistic analysis (Karl Marx). The first system is in the context of Yugoslav self-management, while the second one is in terms of the so-called Croatian transitional period during the 1990s up to the current economic crisis and savings measures dating back from 2009 until present, taking into account the capitalist production which has successfully formed followed by the first accumulation of capital in a war-stricken Croatia. Both stated systems generate a double opression as the basic mode of a woman's life which show itself as the foundation of social reproduction and production of knowledge, thus determining her content and formal sense in a very specific way (Pierre Bourdieu).

When the topic centers on social reproduction, which is the key element of discussion, the position of women within certain manufacturing relations, the persistent consistency of problems including housework and family care, starting from caring for children and the elderly, sex as work (Antonio Gramsci) and its significant potentials that reproduce the working class to different forms of unpaid jobs in the domestic domain need to be noted and fully examined (Alexandra Kollontai, Klara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburg).
As a reminder, the Femininum lectures and workshops aim to facilitate social responsibility and raise social awareness in terms of feminist sensibilities. The workshops are open to all interested students, while the most determined, steady and active participants will receive certificates of attendance.


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