“The debt is owed to us”

Di27Jun19:30Di21:00“The debt is owed to us”Feminist Perspectives on Debt, Austerity, and Authoritarian NeoliberalismVeranstaltungsartGespräch,Vortrag


Vortrag und Gespräch mit
Lucí Cavallero | Verónica Gago

As activists engaged in the transnational feminist strike movements and members of the Argentinian Ni Una Menos Collective, Lucí Cavallero and Verónica Gago examine the relationship between debt, labor, and social reproduction. They demonstrate how debt is intimately linked to gendered violence, patriarchal notions of the family, cuts to public services, and accumulation by dispossession. Neoliberal debt management and austerity reinforce the exploitation of unpaid care work and tie concrete desires and needs of everyday life to an abstract logic of valorization. The economic violence imposed by austerity policies and investment companies amplifies violence against women and queers in precarious conditions, and the increasing debt of private households binds women to violent partners or abusive living conditions, expanding the extent of unwaged labor taken on by women particularly in poor households. Accordingly, to understand austerity, we have to begin with the bodies most burdened by debt.

Lucí Cavallero and Verónica Gago do not only analyze why women and LGBTQ people are most affected by debt, but present a feminist study of capitalist finance in which debt is analyzed as a privileged apparatus of new forms of exploitation and extraction. Feminist movements such as Ni Una Menos also organize anti-austerity protests that center care and the commons in coalition with struggles around housing, evictions, pensions, mortgages, policing, and urban gentrification.

At diffrakt, Lucí and Verónica will present their analysis of austerity and show ways in which debt can be resisted, drawing on concrete experiences and practices from Latin America and around the world.

The event is hosted and organized by Katja DiefenbachJule GovrinRuth SondereggerPablo Valdivia & the research project Perception, Rights and Valorization in Colonial Modernity: On the Nexus of Primitive Accumulation, Race, and Western Aesthetics (Cultural Philosophy/Philosophies of Culture, European University Frankfurt/Oder), Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, with the support of Volkswagen Stiftung).

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27. Juni 2023 19:30 - 21:00(GMT+02:00)

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