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 

Feminist Readings, Hypatia Trust

Feminist Readings, Hypatia Trust

Delpha Hudson (left), of the Hypatia Trust, with participants and Helena Reckitt of the Feminist Duration Reading Group (right), Hypatia Trust, Penzance, January 24th 2019. Photo Sabrina Fuller.

Delpha Hudson (left), of the Hypatia Trust, with participants and Helena Reckitt of the Feminist Duration Reading Group (right), Hypatia Trust, Penzance, January 24th 2019. Photo Sabrina Fuller.

Sat 24th Jan, 2pm-6pm

Hypatia Trust, Penzance, Cornwall


led by Giulia Antonioli, Sabrina Fuller and Helena Reckitt

On their visit to Hypatia, members of the Feminist Duration Reading Group share texts and inspiration from black feminist writings, Italy and Indonesia.

No advance reading is required as we will read texts out loud together and then discuss.

Thanks to Cultivator this is a free event with refreshments.

2pm networking and coffee

2.30-45pm introduction to the FDRG and our visitors Giulia Antonioli, Sabrina Fuller, and Helena Reckitt

3.00- 4.30pm reading and discussion sessions

5.00-6.00pm informal networking and refreshments

More information

The Feminist Duration Reading Group welcomes everyone to explore the feminist legacy and its resonance in art, thinking and collective practice. If there are enough people who are interested in forming a local reading group we may also discuss the viability of this.

Milan Women’s Bookshop Collective, The Practice of Doing, in Sexual Difference: A Theory of Social- Symbolic Practice, trans. Patricia Cicogna and Teresa de Lauretis, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Hazel V Carby, White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood, in The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in Seventies Britain, edited by the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, 1982.

Khairani Barokka, ‘Moon Dances with Three Planets,’ ‘Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee,’ and ‘Coffee Monologues,’ (excerpts from solo spoken word/art show Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee) in Poems and other myths: a collection of spoken word poetry by women from Asia, Big Bridge Press, 2016.

Khairni Barokka, Indigenous Species, London: Tilted Axis Press, 2016 (selections)

Anne Anlin Cheng: Ornamentalism

Anne Anlin Cheng: Ornamentalism

Octavia Butler & Khairani Barokka

Octavia Butler & Khairani Barokka