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 

Ecofeminism

Ecofeminism

Members of the Feminist Duration Reading Group explore ecofeminisms, 2 June 2018. Photo Helena Reckitt.

Members of the Feminist Duration Reading Group explore ecofeminisms, 2 June 2018. Photo Helena Reckitt.

Sat 2 Jun, 4-8pm
*Meeting in a private home in Clerkenwell
Free & all welcome

led by Félicie Kertudo

Following a meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group on ‘Hydrofeminism’ in 2017, this session focuses on the under-explored movement of ecofeminism. Juxtaposing non-western ecofeminist poetry with a scholarly text, the meeting will explore ecofeminism’s potential for intersectional disruption of the oppressive status-quo, coming from the margins and encompassing new forms of non-Western action and thought. 

As a term, ecofeminism is said to have been coined by French feminist Françoise d’Eaubonne in 1974. It encompasses key feminist tenets to analyse and contest the treatment of ‘nature’ and ‘woman’ within male-centred society. In a worldview that respects nonlinear structures, organic processes, and holistic connections, ecofeminism promotes the merits of intuition and collaboration.  Contemporary ecofeminist approaches highlight the positive impact of Queer, Black and Indigenous feminisms on its concrete applications including those in academia, artistic practice, and political and grassroots organising. 

Text
We read out loud, together, as a group. Please bring copies with you. Prior reading is not required.
A E Kings, ‘Intersectionality and the Changing Face of Ecofeminism,’ 2017
Examples of ecofeminist-oriented poetry will be circulated on the day.

Venue
The meeting will take place in private home in Clerkenwell. It will include cooking and eating vegan food, as well as reading and talking, together. For the address and details of what to bring please email feministduration@gmail.com.

Women Acting Collectively

Women Acting Collectively

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee