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, 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 2: Sakine Cansiz & Abdullah Öcalan

Kurdish Feminisms, Meeting 2: Sakine Cansiz & Abdullah Öcalan

Feminist Duration Reading Group, Kurdish Feminisms Meeting 2, at the Swiss Church as part of The Table curated by Mariana Lemos. Photo: Helena Reckitt

Feminist Duration Reading Group, Kurdish Feminisms Meeting 2, at the Swiss Church as part of The Table curated by Mariana Lemos. Photo: Helena Reckitt

Weds 6 March, 7-10pm

The Swiss Church, Covent Garden

FREE & OPEN TO ALL

led by Kezia Davies and Mariana Lemos with special guest Elif Sarican

The second meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group focused on Kurdish feminisms, considering women’s roles in the Kurdish political movement and in broader Kurdish society. It centres on texts by two founders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and advocates for women’s liberation globally, Abdullah Öcalan and Sakine Cansiz.  These texts focus on women’s liberation in the context of the PKK and the struggle for Kurdish nationalism in Turkey. Öcalan’s Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution, compiled of extracts from books written throughout his life, gives an overview of women’s rights. Cansiz’s Sara: My Whole Life Was a Struggle is an autobiographical account of her life in parallel with the ongoing Kurdish movement up until her arrest in 1979. Cansiz was assassinated in 2013. Her demands  that female revolutionaries be recruited and educated, and for total gender equality within the PKK, are now central tenets of the movement.

Led by Kezia Davies and Mariana Lemos, the session features guest speaker anthropologist and activist Elif Sarican, speaking about the Kurdish Women’s Movement and introduce the texts.

Texts
No advance reading is required as we read together, out loud, on the night.
Abdullah Öcalan, extracts from Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution, 2013, pp40 – 43 and pp54 – 60.
Sakine Cansiz, extracts from Sara: My Whole Life Was a Strugglepp55 – 71 and pp273 – 287.

The 6 March meeting is part of The Table, a week-long exhibition and events series developed by Mariana Lemos as part of the cultural programme of The Swiss Church. Considering the active position of feminist practices within the space of an exhibition, the programme evokes images of domestic intimacy, and ideas of horizontality and democracy, while also drawing attention to who routinely gets included, and excluded, from the table?  

Italian Feminism and the Practice of the Unconscious

Italian Feminism and the Practice of the Unconscious

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

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