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 

Feminist Duration Working Group Meeting

Feminist Duration Working Group Meeting

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

Image: Ketty La Rocca, Appendice per una supplica, 1972, still from video. Courtesy of The Estate Ketty La Rocca, Florence (managed by the artist’s son, Michelangelo Vasta).

Image: Ketty La Rocca, Appendice per una supplica, 1972, still from video. Courtesy of The Estate Ketty La Rocca, Florence (managed by the artist’s son, Michelangelo Vasta).

For the February meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group the focus is on establishing a Working Group to develop future areas of collective research and discussion. If you would like to be part of this group, please come with your ideas. 

The Feminist Duration Reading Group was established in Spring 2015. Its original focus was the under-known literature and collective practices of Italian feminisms. These were explored in a series of public events called ‘Now You Can Go,’ organised by members of the reading group, in London, December 2015.  

The group then expanded to explore other under-known and under-disseminated feminisms from outside the Anglo-American canon. Sessions focused on Arab feminisms, LGBT activism in China, Black US and Latina intersectional feminisms, trans-feminism in Spain, and queer and feminist perspectives, texts and actions including those from Australia, Belgrade, and Iceland.

Continuing its investigation of Italian feminisms, the group deepened its focus on the contemporary relevance of collective practices developed in the 1970s and 1980s including: autocoscienza (consciousness raising), affidamento (entrustment), polyvocality and reciprocal storytelling, and the rejection of mainstream feminist assimilation.

As our aspiration is for the group to become more representative of the city’s diversity we particularly welcome people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds to join the Working Group in its collective research on intersectional feminisms and those outside the dominant Anglo-American feminist canon. 


Lea Melandri, Love and Violence

Lea Melandri, Love and Violence

Hydrofeminism

Hydrofeminism