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 

A History of Arab Feminism

A History of Arab Feminism

Image:  Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism , directed by Feriel Ben Mahmou, 2014

Image: Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism, directed by Feriel Ben Mahmou, 2014

Tue 7 Feb, 7pm
SPACE Mare Street

led by Giulia Damaini

This meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group encompasses a screening of the film Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism, directed by Feriel Ben Mahmou, 2014 (55 mins). Feminism Inshallah looks at the history of the movement over the last 150 years across different Arab countries, accounting for the work of feminist pioneers as well as more recent activists during the Arab Spring. Although the film lacks a deep analysis of issues such as class and economic privilege, it draws on unreleased archival footage and multigenerational interviews to offer a vivid and comprehensive portrait of different movements. 

“The struggle for Muslim women’s emancipation is often portrayed stereotypically as a showdown between Western and Islamic values, but Arab feminism has existed for more than a century. This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism’s largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today’s tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring. Moving from Tunisia to Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, filmmaker and author Feriel Ben Mahmoud tracks the progress of Arab women in their long march to assert their full rights and achieve empowerment.”

Women Make Movies film catalog 

This is the first of a two-part focus on Arab feminisms in the Feminist Duration Reading Group, led by Giulia Damaini. The next meeting, on Tue 7 March, explores texts by Fatema Mernissi and Nawal El Saadawi.

Islamic Feminisms

Islamic Feminisms

Tiqqun, Sonogram of a Potential

Tiqqun, Sonogram of a Potential