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 

White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood by Hazel V Carby

White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood by Hazel V Carby

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Tue 2 Jul, 7-9pm
SPACE Mare Street
Free & all open to all

Led by Lily Evans-Hall & Helena Reckitt

“The herstory of black women is interwoven with that of white women but this does not mean they are the same story. Nor do we need white feminists to write our herstory for us; we can and are doing that for ourselves. However, when they write their herstory and call it the story of women but ignore our lives and deny their relation to us, that is the moment in which they are acting within the relations of racism and writing history.” Hazel V Carby

This meeting focuses on Hazel V Carby’s incisive analysis of Euro-American feminism’s implicit racial bias. By generalizing about black and Third World women, Carby shows how white feminists reflect colonial and capitalist ideologies, thus demonstrating the inadequacy of simplistic notions of female equality and sisterhood.

White feminists need to analyse the lives and herstories of black women with more historical complexity and depth, Carby argues. By recognising how black women have been subjected to the demands of capital accumulation, a materialist feminist framework would challenge assumptions about “progressive” and “under-developed” societies. It would question the widespread feminist analysis of “the family”, “patriarchy” and “reproduction.” Suggesting alternative approaches that build on the key role played by black women in resistance movements, Carby highlights the strong networks of female support that sustain black women’s struggle, historically and in the present.   

Text
Published in 1982 in the landmark book The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in Seventies Britain, collectively edited by the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, ‘White Woman Listen!’ was republished in the important 1997 anthology Black British Feminism, edited by Heidi Safia Mirza. Carby’s analysis of Euro/American feminism’s “commonsense racism” continues to resonate powerfully today.

We read out loud, together, as a group. Prior reading is not required.

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