#114 | Suppressed Histories: Uncovering & Reclaiming What Has Been Lost w/ Max Dashu

In this episode, I speak with Max Dashu, founder of the Suppressed Histories Archive, and author of 'Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700 - 1100.' 

Through a lifetime of research and documentation, Max elaborates on what can be understood about ancient mother-right cultures, what we can possibly understand about the worldview these ancient peoples may have held, as well as the important and necessary roles women fulfilled in these ancient societies. Max also expounds on the kinds of knowledge and traditions of wisdom (passed on through women) that have been suppressed and largely lost in our collective transition to modernity. By developing an understanding of the forms of knowledge and wisdom that have been lost in the long-unfolding suppression of ancient traditions (which have in large part have been carried by women in mother-right cultures) what can we can ultimately understand about our modern mode of existence on this planet? 

In this interview, Max draws on a lifetime of historical research - of documenting and interpreting the art and artifacts of ancient cultures from around the world.  Max Dashu is the founder of the Suppressed Histories Archive, a project she founded in 1970 to research and document women's history from an international perspective. Max is the author of ‘Witches and Pagans:  Women In European Folk Religion, 700 - 1100,’ one volume in an ongoing series to uncover and document the forgotten roles of women in ancient human cultures from around the world. 

Episode Notes:

- Find everything you need to know about Max's work at the Suppressed Histories Archive website: http://www.suppressedhistories.net

- Learn more about Max's book 'Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700 - 1100' here: http://www.veleda.net

- Purchase the book: https://bit.ly/2HJs8oU

- Follow updates on the Suppressed Histories Archive on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2K20X7j

- Follow updates on Max's work on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxDashu

- Follow updates on 'Witches and Pagans' on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2K20X7j

- The song featured in this episode is "Northwest Tribal Drums" from the album Drums of the World: African, Samba, Taiko, Chinese and Middle Eastern Music.

#106 | Caliban And The Witch: The Body In The Transition To Capitalism w/ Silvia Federici

In this episode, Silvia Federici goes over many of the details and themes in her groundbreaking book "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation," an extensive history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Silvia discusses the conditions that lead to the witch-hunts in medieval Europe, and the lasting impact these events have had on the trajectory of capitalist development into the modern era. Silvia provides a description of the social and economic system, feudalism, that governed societies in medieval Europe and how the events and struggles that occurred during that time period led to the economic and social system, capitalism, we currently exist in today. "Caliban and the Witch" is an incredibly important and relevant work, and provides a much needed context of how capitalism did not merely emerge naturally out of feudalism, but was enacted piece by piece through systemic acts of state violence over hundreds of years against the landless, the poor, and in particular women. Silvia goes over the details of her work in this episode.

Silvia Federici is is a scholar, teacher, activist, and the author of numerous books, including "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation" and "Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle." She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University.

Episode Notes:

- Check out Silvia's book "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation" here: https://www.akpress.org/calibanandthewitch.html

- Also, check out Silvia's book "Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle" here: https://www.akpress.org/revolutionatpointzero.html

- Learn more about Silvia's most recent book "Wages for Housework: The New York Committee 1972–1977" here: https://www.akpress.org/wages-for-housework.html

- The songs featured in this episode are "Jstowee" and "Nvrending" by Knxwledge from the album Hud Dreems.