MODULE 3. Feminisms

Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici is Professor Emeritus at Hofstra University (USA). She graduated from the Università di Bologna (Italy) in 1965 and completed her PhD studies at SUNY Buffalo (USA), where she received her doctorate degree in 1980. A feminist activist since 1970, she was one of the driving forces of international debates on the status and remuneration of domestic work. Her field of research is political philosophy and studies related to the history of women and feminist movements. She has also contributed several essays on educational and cultural policy and co-founded the International Feminist Collective in the 1970s. From 1991 to 2003, after a period of teaching at the University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria), she also co-founded the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa and was co-editor of its newsletter. From 1995 to 2002 she also helped found the US-based Radical Philosophy Association’s anti-death penalty project. Her main publications are Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004), Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (2013), Patriarchy of the Wage: Notes on Marx, Gender, and Feminism (2018), Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons (2020), Witches, Witch-hunting, and Women (2021) and Beyond the Periphery of the Skin (2022).

Nuria Alabao

Nuria Alabao is a journalist and researcher, Doctor of Anthropology and member of the Research Group on Social Exclusion and Control at the University of Barcelona. She coordinates the feminisms section of In addition to issues related to gender and politics, she is currently investigating the intersections between feminism and the conservative reaction (anti-feminism, post-fascism, etc.) veiwed from a perspective from below, from that of social organisations and their forms of resistance and production of knowledge. She has given courses and workshops on these issues at Koldo Mitxelena, Tabakalera, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the master’s degree in Analysis of Contemporary Capitalism at the University of Barcelona and the Escola Europea d’Humanitats, among others. She has also participated in numerous collective works, such as Alianzas Rebeldes (Bellaterra, 2021), Transfeminismo o barbarie (Kaótica Libros, 2020), Family, Race and Nation in Post-Fascist Times (Traficantes de Sueños, 2020), Neofascismo. La bestia neoliberal (Siglo XXI, 2019), Cómo puede cambiar el mundo el feminismo (Lengua de Trapo, 2019), (h)amor 3: celos y culpas (Continta Me Tienes, 2018), and has coordinated publications such as Un feminismo del 99% (Lengua de Trapo, 2018).

Ana Dević (What, How and for Whom/WHW)

Ana Dević is curator and educator based in Zagreb. She is a member of What, How & for Whom/WHW, a curatorial collective formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb, Vienna and Berlin. Its members are Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić.Since 2003 WHW collective has been running the program of Gallery Nova, a city-owned gallery in Zagreb. In 2018 WHW launched an international study program for emerging artists called WHW Akademija, based in Zagreb. Since 2019 part of the collective (Ivet Ćurlin, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović) works as artistic directors of Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna. WHW continues working in Zagreb, where WHW Akademija and program of the Gallery Nova are led by Ana Dević in collaboration with WHW Zagreb team Ana Kovačić, Gordana Borić and Martina Kontošić. Since 2019 Dević has been teaching at MA program in Visual Art and Curatorial studies at NABA, Milan. Since the first exhibition in 2000, WHW curated numerous international projects, among which are Collective Creativity (Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, 2005); 11th Istanbul Biennial What Keeps Mankind Alive? (Istanbul, 2009); and One Needs to Live Self-Confidently…Watching (Croatian pavilion at 54th Venice Biennial, 2011). More recent projects include My Sweet Little Lamb, (everything we see can also be otherwise), co-curated with Kathrin Rhomberg, various locations in Zagreb, (2016-2017); Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb), co-curated with Kathrin Rhomberg and Emily Pethick (The Showroom, London, 2017); Želimir Žilnik: Shadow citizens (Edit Russ Haus fürMedienkunst, Oldenburg, 2018); 2nd Industrial Art Biennial, On the shoulders of the fallen giants (Rijeka, Pula, Labin, Raša, Vodnjan, 2018).

Gabi Ngcobo

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Gabi Ngcobo is an artist, educator and Curatorial Director of the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP). Since the early 2000s Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope. Recent curatorial projects include The Show is Over (2022) at the South London Gallery, The ‘t’ is Silent (2022) at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, SCENORAMA (2022), Handle with Care (2021) both at Javett-UP, Mating Birds Vol.2 at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban (2019). In 2018 Ngcobo curatorially directed the 10th Berlin Biennale titled We don’t need another hero and was one of the co-curators of the 32nd Sao Paulo Bienal titled Incenteza Viva (2016). She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised (2016) and the Center for Historical Reenactments (2010–14).

Ngcobo’s writings have been published in various publications including Shooting Down Babylon: The Tracey Rose Retrospective at Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town (2022),Uneven Bodies, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Aotearoa New Zealand (2021), The Stronger We Become the catalogue of the South African Pavilion, Venice (2019), We Are Many: Art, the Political and Multiple Truths Cologne, (2019)and Texte Zur Kunst September (2017).

Marta Malo de Molina

Marta Malo de Molina is a translator and independent researcher. She has edited and translated books by feminist authors such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Judith Butler, Nancy Fraser, Silvia Federici and bell hooks. She combines her publishing and translation work with research and popular pedagogy projects, developing action-research practices and collaborative creation projects in spaces that support feminism, education and health. Among the action-research initiatives she has contributed to launching Precarias a la Deriva, Observatorio Metropolitano, Manos Invisibles, Entrar Afuera and La Laboratoria. Within the framework of the public school system, she has promoted different collaborative classroom-based projects such as Amiga Robot (Manuel Núñez de Arenas school), Teoría de Conjuntos (Manuel Núñez de Arenas school), Conversaciones en Torno a la Escuela (Centro de Residencias Artísticas, Matadero Madrid), Experimenta Educación. La Escuela como Laboratorio Ciudadano (Puente de Vallecas) and Hilos Maestros. Taller de Arte Postal en un Aula Hospitalaria (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía).

Brigitte Vasallo

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Brigitte Vasallo is a freelance writer and researcher. Even without having a university degree, she is a teacher of the Gender and Communications master’s course at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She was a consultant for the Intimate project, at the Centro de Estudos Sociais, University of Coimbra, and directed and curated the I Festival de Cultura Txarnega in Barcelona. Her published books include PornoBurka (self-published, 2013), Pensamiento monógamo, terror poliamoroso (Oveja Roja 2017, translated as El desafío poliamoroso in Argentina and Brazil, Paidós, 2020), Mentes insanas (RBA, 2020) and Lenguaje inclusivo y exclusión de clase (Larousse, 2021).

She is a regular contributor to media outlets such as Rac1, Pikara or Ara newspaper, and her work has been translated into English, French, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese, among other languages. In the performing arts field, she co-directed the piece Un cos (possible) i lesbià, with Alba G. Corral, and wrote and directs Trilogía de Naxos.


Arquitectives is a collective formed by Pablo Amor Méndez and Cristina Llorente Roca, architects specialised in urban planning and the environment, urban management and citizen participation, as well as being Spanish delegates of the Architecture & Children international work programme of the International Union of Architects (UIA). As the Arquitectives collective they have been working since 2009 on the dissemination and transformation of architecture, urban environments and landscape, in the fields of both design and education, through a participatory, collaborative, integrationist, ecosystemic and didactic approach.

They have taught university courses and given conferences on these topics around the world (Madrid, Helsinki, Weimar, Bucharest and Sofia, among others). Their publications include Edu y la mejor casa del mundo (self-published, 2005), Escola i paisatge de Mallorca (Consell de Mallorca, 2020), Guia urbana de l’Eixample de Palma (Palma XXI, 2019) and Ecosistemes urbans (Conselleria de Medi Ambient, 2020), as well as scientific and opinion articles in both Spanish and international publications.  They are currently working together with IB Dona on the drafting of a good practice guide for the design of urban spaces with a feminist perspective.