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, Beth Bramich, Lina Džuverović, Lily Evans-Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Haley Ha, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Ceren Özpinar, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, 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 

Islamic Feminisms

Islamic Feminisms

image from Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism,  directed by Fereil Ben Mahoud, 2014.

image from Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism, directed by Fereil Ben Mahoud, 2014.

Tue 7 Mar, 7pm
SPACE Mare Street
FREE

led by Giulia Damiani

The next meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group will focus on Islamic feminisms. Together we will read ‘New Introduction: Why Does the Veil Scare Europe?,’ from Beyond the Veil by the Moroccan feminist sociologist Fatema Mernissi, alongside ‘Islamic feminism: what’s in a name,’ 2002, by the scholar and activist Margot Badran.

Both texts can be found on the website of 98Weeks, a research project in Beirut, The Lebanon. Please find it here and here.

This focus on feminist engagements with, and within, Islam will act as a counterpoint to last month’s meeting, focused on a screening of the film Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism, directed by Feriel Ben Mahmou, 2014. As was highlighted in the post-screening discussion last month, that film has an implicitly Western conception of feminist liberation, which differs from those who identify as Islamic feminists.

This is the second session on Arab feminisms in the Feminist Duration Reading Group, led by Giulia Damiani. 

Kyla Wazana Tompkins: We Aren't Here to Learn What We Already Know

Kyla Wazana Tompkins: We Aren't Here to Learn What We Already Know

A History of Arab Feminism

A History of Arab Feminism