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[Chicago] What is the Place of Women in Raya Dunayevskaya’s Marxist- Humanism?

Presentation by Alessandra Spano, PhD student in Political Philosophy, University of Catania, Italy.

The emergence of feminist discourse has challenged the political categories of modernity since its beginning, showing how the universalistic claim of the individual as a political subject was founded on a sexual dominion that runs through both material history and thought. Among these categories there is certainly that of humanity, of what is the human and how it has been used to define a hierarchy capable of determining also who was not, or less, human. Raya Dunayevskaya articulated a Marxist interpretation of Humanism that attempts to question this relationship of domination, putting women as political subjects at the very core of her theory. Is it possible to read the Dunayevskaya’s Marxist-Humanism within the framework of Marxist Feminism?

Sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization.

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