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 

Adriana Cavarero

Adriana Cavarero

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3 Nov, 7pm
SPACE, Mare Street
led by Lucia Farinati

Focusing on the work of Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero, together we will read sections of her essay ‘On the Outskirts of Milan’ from her book Relating Narratives.  We will also discuss some of Olivia Guaraldo’s reflections on her work. Guaraldo will be in London for the ‘Now You Can Go’ programme in December.

In ‘On the Outskirts of Milan’ Cavarero uses characters from the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective’s text ‘Don’t think you have any rights,’ which we looked at earlier in the Reading Group, to open up notions of uniqueness, polyvocality and relationality. She considers what these concepts mean in terms of politics and public spheres and in relation to the work of Hannah Arendt.


Adriana Cavarero, ‘On the Outskirts of Milan, chapter five of Relating Narratives: Storytelling & Selfhood (first published in 1997, in Italian, English translation 2000)

Olivia Guaraldo, ‘Identity and Storytelling,’ 1998

Olivia Guaraldo, ‘Thinkers that Matter: on the Thought of Judith Butler and Adriana Cavarero,’ 2012

Background: Adriana Cavarero, For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression, 2005 

Translation as a Feminist Practice

Translation as a Feminist Practice

Suzanne Santoro, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression

Suzanne Santoro, Per una espressione nuova/Towards New Expression