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 

The Feminist Practice of Affidamento (Entrustment)

The Feminist Practice of Affidamento (Entrustment)

Feminist Duration Reading Group on Affidamento, 7 April 2018. Photograph Helena Reckitt.

Feminist Duration Reading Group on Affidamento, 7 April 2018. Photograph Helena Reckitt.

Sat 7 Apr, 4-8pm
London E2*
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 

* Venue
The meeting takes place in private home in Hoxton. It will include cooking and eating, as well as reading and talking, together. 

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Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee

Lea Melandri, Love and Violence

Lea Melandri, Love and Violence