The Political Beekeeper’s Library is an effort to collect, organise and activate books where parallels are drawn between how bees and humans are socially and politically organised. Bees are one of the most written about animals and have featured extensively in philosophy and literature. The books in the library show a fascinating narrative beginning with Aristotle’s Historia Animalium (History of Animals) (4th century BC) to Charles Butler’s The Feminine Monarchy (1609) to Thomas D. Seeley’s Honeybee Democracy (2010). What starts as a story of a patriarchal monarchy ends with a tale of radical democracy.
At Varvsarbetarhuset in Sätraskogen in Stockholm the library was presented during their Kajko festival in September 2020.