About

The Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on under-known and under-appreciated feminist texts, movements and struggles from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition. The group was established in March 2015 by Helena Reckitt, at Goldsmiths, University of London and relocated in July 2015 to SPACE in Hackney, East London where it was hosted until April 2019. In June 2019, the group began a year-long residency at the South London Gallery focused on intersectional feminisms in the UK context.

FDRG sessions have been organised with Emilia-Amalia at Art Metropole in Toronto; in London at the Barbican Art Centre; Mimosa House, AntiUniversity; as part of The Table at the Swiss Church; and elsewhere in the UK at Grand Union, Birmingham; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; and Hypatia Trust, Penzance.           

Currently the group meets once a month, alternately on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the South London Gallery, and the second Saturday of the month at 4pm a non-institutional venue.

The FDRG welcomes feminists of all genders and generations to explore the legacy and resonance of art, thinking and collective practice from earlier periods of feminism, in dialogue with contemporary practices and movements.

Working Group

FDRG activities are initiated by a Working Group. Current members are:

Giulia Antonioli, Angelica Bollettinari, Lina Džuverović, Lily Evans-Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Haley Ha, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Ceren Özpinar, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, Justin Seng, Ehryn Torrell and Fiona Townend.

Contact us:

If you would like to join the reading group mailing list or propose a focus for a session, or invite us to lead a meeting, please contact: feministduration@gmail.com 

Lea Melandri, Love and Violence

Lea Melandri, Love and Violence

Feminist Duration Reading Group on Lea Melandri, 6th March 2018, led by Sara Paiola (right). Photo Helena Reckitt.

Feminist Duration Reading Group on Lea Melandri, 6th March 2018, led by Sara Paiola (right). Photo Helena Reckitt.

Tue 6 Mar, 7.30-9.30pm
SPACE Mare Street
Free & all welcome

Led by Sara Paiola

This meeting focuses on the work of Italian feminist Lea Melandri, in a session led by Sara Paiola (Birkbeck School of Law PhD candidate). One of Italy’s most prolific feminist theorists, writers and journalists, Melandri has been active in the feminist movement since the late 1960s. Her main interest lies in the relationship between men and women as defined and confined by patriarchal culture.  Together with psychoanalyst Elvio Fachinelli she founded the magazine/journal L’erba Voglio in 1971, one of the most interesting Italian voices in political-cultural dissent and the anti-authoritarian movement. From 1987 to 1997 Melandri directed the feminist monthly magazine Lapis. In 1987 she co-founded Libera Universita’ delle Donne di Milano, of which she is now the president.  

The event centres on reading of one chapter (in English) of Melandri’s book Love and Violence: The Vexatious Factors of Civilization. Originally published by Bollati Boringhieri in 2011, the English edition will be published by SUNY Press in January 2019. Love and Violence investigates the origins of male violence towards women, which shows no sign of ending despite years of apparent gender equality. Melandri argues that an unsuspected bond exists between love and hate, between love and violence: man is angry towards the body that gave him life – his mother. He is angry towards the one who cared for him in the first years of his life, who gave him his first sexual solicitations. It is therefore necessary that feminists question what the family has been in earlier centuries, and what it is today. We must question the constraints of dependence it creates, on the changed condition of women, divided between home and work, and on the difficulty that men experience in facing hitherto unknown female freedom.

We will read out loud, together, on the evening. Please bring copies of the reading with you. Download Andrea Hajek (2018) ‘A Room of One’s Own. Feminist Intersections between Space, Women’s Writing and Radical Bookselling in Milan (1968–1986),’ Italian Studies, 73:1, 81-97, DOI: 10.1080/00751634.2018.1414376. For a copy of ‘Loving Mothers,’ Chapter 2 of Melandri’s forthcoming Love and Violence in English, please email feministduration@gmail.com.

Melandri’s other books include Una visceralità indicibile. La pratica dell’inconscio nel movimento delle donne degli anni Settanta, (Fondazione Badaracco, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2000); Le passioni del corpo. La vicenda dei sessi tra origine e storia, (Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2001); Come nasce il sogno d’amore, (Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2002); L’attualità inattuale di Elvio Fachinelli, a cura di Lea Melandri, (Milano, IPOC, 2014).

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The Feminist Practice of Affidamento (Entrustment)

The Feminist Practice of Affidamento (Entrustment)

Feminist Duration Working Group Meeting

Feminist Duration Working Group Meeting