[SydPhil] Critical Antiquities Workshop - Demetra Kasimis

Tristan Bradshaw tbradshaw at uow.edu.au
Mon May 23 15:54:08 AEST 2022

Dear all,

At the next Critical Antiquities Workshop, we are delighted to host Demetra Kasimis (UChicago) for her paper, ‘The Not-So-Hidden Problem of “Private Wives”: What Gender Has to Do with Stasis in Aristotle.’ The event will be held on Wednesday, June 8 10-11:30am (Sydney time). That translates to the following times elsewhere:

Singapore:       Wednesday, June 8 8-9:30am
Tokyo:             Wednesday, June 8 9-10:30am
Los Angeles:    Tuesday, June 7 5-6:30pm
Mexico City:    Tuesday, June 7 7-8:30pm
Chicago:          Tuesday, June 7 7-8:30pm
NYC:                Tuesday, June 7 8-9:30pm

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Aristotle is the foremost ancient theorist of stasis and conventionally read to argue that the cause of stasis are the tensions between mass and elite (men) or democrats and oligarchs. But in the Politics, Aristotle also treats the oikos (and, with it, practices of bridal exchange and dowries) as a dynamic political institution, rather than a pre-political or natural space, that can slow or quicken stasis. My talk will look at how, in his account, relations of the oikos and specifically the exchange of women in marriage induce regime erosion and stasis. The household re-emerges on this view as a site of class struggle and breakdown in and of itself. To appreciate that Aristotle affords the gender relations that sustain the oikos a central role in matters of political economy and, for this reason, regime erosion is not to recover a critique of patriarchy in the Politics itself but rather to shift our critical attention from questions of women’s membership exclusion—where studies of gender in classical Greek thought have often focused—to the strategic role that the conjugal family form plays in managing democratic equality and stability. This different perspective throws light on the full reach of women’s subordination in sustaining and imperilling democracy as a regime.

We hope to see you there,
Tristan and Ben

Tristan Bradshaw
Lecturer, School of Liberal Arts | Co-director, Critical Antiquities Network
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities | Building 19 Room 1085
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia
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