Welcoming our Fall 2022 Cohort!

History of Consciousness 2022 Cohort: Darien Acero ; Bart Feberwee ; Stefania Cotei ; Ariella Patchen

Darien Acero


My intended research will focus on shifting landscapes of racialization and subjectivation in increasingly digitized and financialized carceral geographies. Broadly speaking, this will lead me to grapple with questions of political economy, carcerality, economic geography, racial capitalism, technology, bio/necropolitics, cybernetics, and finance. Ultimately, my intention is to gesture towards currents of resistance, subversion, and escape, with particular attention to topographies of insurrection and destitution in the investigation of the relationship between abolition and communism.

Bart Feberwee


In my research, I investigate prison protests and urban riots in their relation to dominant conceptions of civility as they developed in the 1960s and 70s. I situate their emergence within an account of the so-called long 1970s. This period is characterized by the rise of mass incarceration in the US while shifts in capital investments reconfigured the traditional working class and its access to property. Within this narrative, I understand dominant conceptions of civility to denote a particular relationship to property and whiteness, and as contributing to the developing regime of mass incarceration. Further research interests are the proliferation of game-theoretic analyses over the latter half of the 20th century as well as the relationship between incarceration and capital-induced climate collapse.

Stefania Cotei


Stefania’s research interests include anthropology, Romani feminist studies, necropolitics, subaltern studies, critical race and ethnic studies. She wants to develop new research methods to look at how the gentrification of Transylvanian villages is made possible by white supremacist and neoliberal mores. She is eager to continue learning how critical theory and political philosophy can give her insights into exploring positionalities and subjectivities in her work.

Ariella Patchen

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Ariella Patchen (she/they) is an activist, artist, and researcher whose work explores the role of women in anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, and anti-statist alternatives. In particular, Ariella has focused her research on women’s movements in Chiapas, Rojava, and Palestine, abolitionist organizing, and mutual aid/global solidarity networks. Her work draws on decolonial feminist theory, ethnographic methodologies, and activist/community-based research approaches. Ariella's most recent work has appeared in the book project Pandemic Solidarity as well as in the Nation magazine.