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, 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 

Linda Zerilli & Anne Boyer

Linda Zerilli & Anne Boyer

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Tue 4 Oct, 7pm
SPACE Mare Street
FREE

led by Amy Tobin

For this meeting we look at the work of two writers, the political theorist Linda Zerilli and the poet Anne Boyer. 

These two quite different texts – a chapter from Zerilli’s book Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom (2005) and a section of Boyer’s Garments Against Women (2016) – both circle around the problem of gender as a social category. While Boyer writes about not writing, and produces texts about her inability to be productive along the lines of literary success, Zerilli proposes that feminism would find its most radical constitution beyond the woman question: in other words, in an undefined ‘abyss’ of ‘freedom’. 

The chapter from Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom focuses on the Milan Women’s Bookstore collective – whose practice has been a recurring focus of the Feminist Duration Reading Group – and the possibility of working politically without organising around female identity and instead through ‘the willingness to make judgments and promises to one another in public space’. 

The two texts propose different approaches to feminist political struggle through negativity. 

We read these texts – or as much of them as time permits – out loud, together, on the evening.  

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Icelandic Women’s Strike of 24th October 1975

Icelandic Women’s Strike of 24th October 1975

Scuola Senze Fine – School Without End: Italian Women and the 150 Hour School Diploma Course

Scuola Senze Fine – School Without End: Italian Women and the 150 Hour School Diploma Course