The Feminist Practice of Affidamento (Entrustment)
Sat 7 Apr, 4-8pm
Free & all welcome
Led by Helena Reckitt
The relational practice of affidamento, or entrustment, was developed by members of the Milan Women’s Bookshop collective in the early 1980s. Affidamento diverges from the previous second wave feminist focus on horizontality and equality to recognize disparities amongst women, which form the basis for relationships of trust.
The adoption of affidamento represented a move away from mass campaigns for institutional reform and political equality towards the creation of autonomous feminist culture and interpersonal relationships. It responded to an impasse within feminist collectivity, where the denial of difference was felt to promote the dominance of certain voices, the passivity of other group members, and the suppression of desire.
This session considers the relevance of affidamento for feminist politics, collective organising, and lived practices today. It will highlight tactics of strategic separatism, emphasis on one-on-one relationships, and the political application of affidamento within the legal field.
We will read selections from the following, out loud, together. Pre-reading is not required. Please bring copies with you.
Milan Women’s Bookshop collective, ‘More Women than Men,’ 1983
Luisa Muraro, ‘Bonding and Freedom,’ 1985
M Grazia Campari, Rosaria Canzaro, Lia Cigarini, Sciana Loaldi, Laura Roseo and and Claudia Shanma, ‘Entrustment Enters the Palace,’ 1985
Ida Dominijanini, Radicality and Asceticism, 1987
The meeting takes place in private home in Hoxton. It will include cooking and eating, as well as reading and talking, together.