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 

Kurdish Feminisms, Meeting 1: Nadje Al-Ali & Latif Tas

Kurdish Feminisms, Meeting 1: Nadje Al-Ali & Latif Tas

Sat 2 March, 2–6pm
Forest Hill, London SE23
Free & open to all

Led by Ceren Özpinar

The first of two meetings of the Feminist Duration Reading Group exploring aspects of contemporary Kurdish feminism. The session focuses on the the insightful analyses of Nadje Al-Ali & Latif Taş in their 2018 article ‘Reconsidering nationalism and feminism: the Kurdish political movement in Turkey.’ Al-Ali and Taş examine Kurdish feminism in its double and complicated relationship with Turkish nationalism and the Kurdish movement, showing the different political stages of Kurdish women’s struggle in the past decades against the backdrop of rising ethnic-national and patriarchal tendencies in both Turkey and the Kurdish feminist movements. While investigating the possibility of women’s liberation within the course of Kurdish liberation, the authors also question the gender ideologies that have been promoted amongst the wider Kurdish population. In line with these questions, this session considers the relevance of transnational feminism and the possibilities of developing feminist strategies within the limitations of the national imagination. 

Kurdish Feminisms, Meeting 1: Nadje Al-Ali & Latif Tas, March 2019_Photo Helena Reckitt
Kurdish Feminisms, Meeting 2: Sakine Cansiz & Abdullah Öcalan

Kurdish Feminisms, Meeting 2: Sakine Cansiz & Abdullah Öcalan

Anne Anlin Cheng: Ornamentalism

Anne Anlin Cheng: Ornamentalism