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 

Complicating Sisterhood

Complicating Sisterhood

"When we talk about the need of white feminists in Britain to recognize their own ethnicity, we are relating to questions as basic as what we actually mean when we talk about 'feminist issues'. Can we automatically assume, as has been done by western feminist movements, that issues like abortion, the depiction of the family as the site of female oppression, the fight for legal equality with men and against sex discrimination and so on are the feminist issues?" 

Floya Anthias and Nira Yuval-Davis

For the August session of the FDRG we will read two texts from the early 1980s that explore the dynamics of collaboration and division in feminist group work, theory and political practice, published in different issues of Feminist Review.

Through analysis and a case study these two essays provide a context for thinking through the complexities of wider issues of collectivity, commonality, and the productivities of differences in feminist organising.

Readings

Together we will read:

- Floya Anthias and Nira Yuval-Davis, 'Contextualizing Feminism: Gender, Ethnic and Class Divisions', Feminist Review, No. 15 (Winter, 1983), pp. 62-75

- Brixton Black Women's Group, 'Black Women Organizing', Feminist Review, No. 17, Many Voices, One Chant: Black Feminist Perspectives (Autumn, 1984), pp. 84-89

'Contextualizing Feminism: Gender, Ethnic and Class Divisions' problematise the notion of 'sisterhood' as an implicit bind between feminists, and confront the interrelationship between gender, ethnicity and class in feminist issues in the UK. Anticipating current preoccupations with the complexities of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion,’ the authors explore the need for an intersectional approach to feminist demands and discourse, and posit the importance of considering difference between feminists.

The second essay, written by members of the Brixton Black Women's Group, explores the organisational structure and problems faced by the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent (OWAAD). The group analyses and reviews these difficulties in ways that might benefit future collectives.

Link here for the articles: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AUv0oxsMPTXDJvGUNTsfh7wVWr5m5_Vd?usp=sharing

Please bring copies with you. No advance reading is required as we will read together, out loud, on the night.

Book Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feminist-duration-reading-group-complicating-sisterhood-tickets-67032332511

Image: Cover of Feminist Review, No. 17, ‘Many Voices, One Chant: Black Feminist Perspectives’ (Autumn, 1984)

White Women, Race Matters

White Women, Race Matters

Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans Marathon Reading Group

Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans Marathon Reading Group