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Maria Mies, a thinker, a scholar, a feminist, a sociologist, a philosopher,
an ecologist, a friend, a comrade, a commoner, an anti-colonial, anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist organizer and activist.

She fought to break through all these divisions to reaffirm and help redefine what it could mean the notion of an organic intellectual, what could mean a life of acting and thinking together, developing a praxis that at one turn would realize and another speculate and theorize, in tandem, without ever succumbing to academicism or to a form of actionism devoid of a deeper experimentation and inquiry into what it is to live, to live together, to live a good life. She will remain one of the twentieth and twenty first century's most thorough critics of capitalist modernity and its intimate connections to patriarchy and continuous forms of colonization.

In Memoriam

This Sunday June 4th together with Farida Akhter, Silvia Federici, and Vandana Shiva we would like to invite you to join us in remembering, celebrating, and marking together the passing of a friend and comrade Maria Mies.

We hope to use this occasion to collectively recall, be present to and reflect upon this immense loss. And at the same time, we would like to use this opportunity to invoke the abundance of gifts Maria leaves behind for us to continue to use, play with, imagine, analyze, critique and struggle not only against ... ongoing forms of patriarchal, racial, colonial, capitalist violence but also toward ... reclaiming the very forms of life which such processes of exploitation, expropriation, enclosure and extraction have sought and continue to seek to objectify, devalue and destroy.

In addition to Farida, Silvia and Vandana
... we are very grateful to be joined by some of Maria's closest friends, collaborators, co-actions-researchers from the last decades including:

Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, Mira Shiva, Rhoda Reddock,
Vibhuti Patel, Renate Klein, Susan Hawthorne
Jyotsna Gupta, Ireen Dubel, Chhaya Datar
Maria's lifelong companion
Saral Sarkar


We are including the video from the ceremony below.

This video begins with a walk taken in 2011 in the surrounds of her village. It concludes with Saral and Maria in the outskirts of Cologne, inventing and singing songs on May Day 2022.

In order of appearance
Farida Akhter
Vandana Shiva
Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen
Renate Klein
Susan Hawthorne
Silvia Federici
Mira Shiva
Chhaya Datar
Vibhuti Patel
Rhoda Reddock
Jyotsna Gupta
Ireen Dubel
Saral Sarkar

Two Artist Videos
Online Especially for this Occasion

Maria Mies: The Subsistence Perspective
as part of Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies
video by Oliver Ressler

A Continuous Film Altered Daily: Day 6
video by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri


Related Resources

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Vandana Shiva on Maria Mies: Her stay in India helped her see that women’s work was economy’s foundation

Pune recalls association with Maria Mies, German sociologist and ecofeminist who died at 92

Jineology Academy: We remember the wise Maria Mies with respect and gratitude

KJK pays tribute on the death of Prof. Maria Miles

Maria Mies, 92

Additional Audio Video

Maria Mies video by Jeanny Gering

Maria Mies - The Global in the Local, an Eco-Feminist Perspective

Biographical Audio Video (in German)

Die 89jährige Prof. Maria Mies liest aus ihrer Autobiografie über das 'Politische Nachtgebet'

2018 Interview with Maria

Erlebte Geschichten mit Maria Mies