Autumn 16: Witch/Craft

The Political Ecology of Witch/craft. September 14 – December 7, 2016 (13 weeks). Wednesdays 6-9 PM

Under the auspices of logic, rationality, and ‘Science,’ alternative cosmologies and worldviews are regularly delegitimized in the U.S. today. Amidst this society’s shallow pretense of religious freedom, then, unapologetically magical folks would be well advised to engage a course of ‘intellectual self-defense’ (Chomsky). To unlearn the dominant white supremacist capitalist colonial hetero-patriarchal imperialist stigma towards spirit and Earth. Thus, one primary objective of this class is to decolonize this culture’s dominant perception of magic. We’ll do this by historically contextualizing the role of colonialism and imperialism in forcing today’s hegemonic politics of sanity throughout the world. This will involve an overview of gas-lighting, secular fundamentalism, Enlightenment-based approaches to understanding ‘truth’ and objectivity, feminist science studies, epistemology, the dogma of scientism, and (of course) witchcraft. Ultimately, this course serves as an invitation to deepen our understanding of the intersections between political and spiritual liberation. Let’s heal from the degradation of the divine. Come join us in building intellectually rigorous community in the service of getting free.

Weekly Schedule

1: Intro & http://andigracewrites.com/2015/07/144/ Coming out of the ‘Woo’ Closet

2: Witches Union Hall Cultural Appropriation In Spirituality zine Part 1 (1-31)

3: WU zine Part 2

4: WU zine Part 3 & email retreat offering idea(s)

5: WU zine Part 4

6: class is cancelled for Chris Hedges lecture in Berkeley at 7:30 PM

7: WU zine Part 5

8: Silvia Federici Caliban and the Witch p 1-19

9: Federici p 20-59

10: Federici p 60-131

11: Federici p 132-161

12: Federici p 162-217

13: Federici p 218-243. Celebration and closing

Supplementary Resources:

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Disabling Capitalism

Richard Wolfe’s Monthly Global Capitalism lectures

The Burning Times (video)

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My favorite part of LS has been the growing sense of empowerment and awakening I feel as a result of working through resources in a non-hierarchical community of fellow thirsty travelers who share a longing for imagining and creating realities that are juicy. No matter how “crazy” I have felt for most of my life, LS affirms and encourages me to believe in my own bones. I can hardly believe it.

I can’t remember how I originally described our meeting. Something like, ‘i’m meeting with a group of folks who went rogue from the University, including my favorite professor. We’re starting our own school of community education and it doesn’t cost $10,000 a semester. We meet weekly and discuss all sorts of things from political theory to pop culture to dismantling the patriarchy. We’re decolonizing ourselves. I feel held and affirmed and challenged in this group. My crazy is actually an asset here. – Grace Diehl

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