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 

Lotta Femminista/Wages for Housework

Lotta Femminista/Wages for Housework

Tues 8 Sep, 7 – 9pm
Free & open to all

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Led by Helena Reckitt

This monthly reading group on feminisms, consciousness-raising and leave taking considers the resonance of earlier moments of feminist thinking, art and activism in contemporary life. Juxtaposing texts from the 1970s and 1980s with current positions, the group highlights feminist concepts of intimacy, communication and collectivity. The relevance of the practice of consciousness-raising, or autocoscienza within Italian feminism, is explored. Might a return to such tactics help us to combat the exhaustion, fragmentation and anxiety that we experience under networked capitalism today? What are the potentials, and pitfalls, of such collective processes of talking, listening, and analysing? 

The meeting focuses on the debate around domestic labour exemplified in the campaign for Lotta Femminista/Wages for Housework. We will also discuss counter positions against, again drawing materials largely from the Italian feminist tradition.


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Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James, ‘The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community,’ 1972 [start p.16, ‘Surplus Value and the Social Factory']

Silvia Federici, Wages Against Housework, 1975

Suzanne Santoro, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression

Suzanne Santoro, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression

Libreria della Donne di Milano (Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective)

Libreria della Donne di Milano (Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective)