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 Duration in Art and Curating

Feminist Duration in Art and Curating


Organised by Andrea Phillips and Helena Reckitt

This two-day research symposium considers the resonance of feminist art, thinking and collectivity in contemporary life. Riffing on Amelia Jones' concept of 'queer feminist durationality,' it explores feminist legacies, potentials and pitfalls to examine how tactics and strategies from earlier movements and projects are being re-examined and redeployed today. Concerned with the dangers of romanticising earlier struggles and succumbing to Left melancholy, the symposium looks at how feminisms in art and curating contribute to a constellation of cultural production. Such speculations open up the differences in intention and reception across place, time and context. 

In the lead-up to the symposium a reading group has looked at texts by Carla Lonzi, Lea Melandri and Antonella Nappi and the collectives Rivolta Femminiile and the Milan Women’s Bookshop collective, recently translated by Fulvia Carnevale, written during the emergence of the early 1970s Italian women’s movement.   Reflections on the contemporary relevance of these ideas and activities will inform the symposium’s discussions.

Speakers and contributors include artists Lisa Busby (Goldsmiths) Kajsa Dahlberg (Berlin and Malmö), Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine (Paris), Melissa Gordon (Goldsmiths), Shama Khanna, Laura Guy (Goldsmiths), Emily Rosamond (Goldsmiths) and Rehana Zaman (Goldsmiths); curators Nella Aarne (Goldsmiths), Dimitra Gkitsa (Goldsmiths) Helena Reckitt (Goldsmiths), and Louise Shelley (The Showroom, London); art historians Catherine Grant (Goldsmiths) and Amy Tobin (York University); researchers Giulia Damiani (Royal College of Art, London) and Cristina Thorstenberg Ribas (Goldsmiths); and philosopher Nina Power (University of Roehampton).


Fulvia Carnevale of Claire Fontaine, ‘And they ask for her help more than they are ready to help her,’ followed by discussion with Nina Power


Thumbnail Image: Il femminismo a Milano, Lo sguardo degli altri, MeMoMI, edited by Lea Melandri, 2014, Screenshot

Rivolte Femminile and Carla Lonzi

Rivolte Femminile and Carla Lonzi

Lea Melandri

Lea Melandri