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Commons and gender

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Commons and gender

A symbol of violent productivization and gendered agriculture?

The enclosure of the commons describes the privatization of land at the beginning of the modern era. The centralization and accumulation of means of production in the hands of a few required the dispossession of many people from what they needed to secure their livelihood. It is no coincidence that this process overlapped with the burning of witches, the establishment and devaluation of specific "female sexual characteristics" and the emergence of colonial plantation economies.

What theories and ideas underpinned this process and continue to do so today? How did the "productivization" of agricultural land shape our conception of gender, our relationship between man and nature and our relationship to the body?

An attempt to discuss the commons, property and gendered agriculture with Christine Klapeer and Florian Hurtig.


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Dr. Christine M. Klapeer is a political scientist, head of the department "International Gender Politics and Qualitative Methods" at the University of Kassel; researches and teaches, among other things, on (transnational) gender and sexual political mobilizations and struggles as well as on the relationship between heteronormativity, democracy and statehood.


Florian Hurtig is an orchardist in a SoLaWi, agroforestry designer and climate activist. In his book "Paradise Lost - On the End of Diversity and the Triumph of Monoculture", he deals with the connection between land use and social models. He is currently studying history and working on the great German Peasants' War of 1525, which will soon be celebrating its anniversary.

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