Daniela Rosner

Spring 2020

Exploring Liberation Tools for Re-enchantment

What has been gained and what has been lost in the process of disenchantment? What was before? What might we future or reimagine? These are some of the questions we will explore in this DRG. For this, we will reflect with the work of scholar Silvia Federici, dialoguing on topics such as industrial managerial control, enclosure of the commons and the role of the body in the reproduction of labor. In parallel, we will develop strategies and design liberation tools for re-enchantment. Our current technocapitalist age, while producing systems of alienation and exploitation, also provides a range of opportunities for attention, strategizing, attunement, interpretation and imagination — all of which we will explore in the course of the quarter.

Max Weber wrote at the turn of the 20th century that modernity is characterized by the “disenchantment of the world,” that is the progressive elimination of magical and mystical thought in favor of secularized, rational and scientific thinking. This disenchantment paired with the emergence of an industrialized society and a capitalist economy, pushing forward technological development but also exploitation of resources and the prominence of disembodied, scientific thinking over other ways of knowing the world.

There will be two components to this DRG: a theoretical portion, in the form of a weekly reading and dialogue, and a fabrication portion, which will culminate in a collective interactive piece. The dialogues around the readings will occur through individual and collective fabrication, and in thinking about, designing and prototyping liberation tools for re-enchantment.

Instructors: Burren Peil,, Gabrielle Benabdallah,
When: 2-hour sessions weekly on Tuesdays between 12:30-5:30p (please indicate your availability when you apply)
Credits: 3 credits are recommended
How to apply: Please fill out this Google form to apply by March 25, 2020.

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