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 

The Milan Women’s Bookshop Collective and the Practice of the Unconscious

The Milan Women’s Bookshop Collective and the Practice of the Unconscious

Il femminismo a Milano, Libreria delle Donne, MeMoMI, edited by Lea Melandri, 2014, Screenshot

Tue 7 Jun, 7-9pm
SPACE Mare Street

led by Lucia Farinati

This meeting returns to what has already been a key reference point for the group: the ‘sexual difference’ feminism associated with the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective and other Italian feminist groups.  In particular we will focus on issues of speaking and listening, translation and silence.
We focus on the encounter between the Milan collective and the Politique et Psychoanalyse group from France, in 1972. This prompted new forms of feminist political practice that were key to the establishment of the Milan Women’s Bookstore. This included the development of the Practice of the Unconscious and the practice of relationships among women.
Together we read
Lia Cigarini and Luisa Abbà, ‘L’obiezione della donna muta’ (The objection of the silent woman), which was published anonymously in “Sottosopra”, Milan, December 1976, and which Lucia has loosely translated for this meeting.  
Teresa de Lauretis, ‘Note on Translation,’ 1986, from Sexual Difference: A Theory of Social-Symbolic Practice, Indiana University Press
Alex Martinis Roe, ‘Two Voices Due Voci,’ Graduate School at Berlin University of the Arts, 2014
Background Reading
Teresa de Lauretis, ‘The Practice of Sexual Difference and Feminist Thought in Italy: An Introductory Essay’ 1986 in Sexual Difference: A Theory of Social-Symbolic Practice (ibid)
There is no need to read these texts in advance of the meeting as readings will take place together on the night. Please bring copies of the readings with you.

Adriana Cavarero

Adriana Cavarero