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 

The White Woman's Burden? Vron Ware

The White Woman's Burden? Vron Ware


Led by Helena Reckitt

‘The White Woman’s Burden? Race and Gender in Historical Memory,’ by Vron Ware, is the focus of the October Feminist Duration Reading Group. This is the first chapter of Ware’s key work of Critical Whiteness Studies, Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History (1992).

Combining cultural analysis, historical account and memoir, in this chapter Ware discusses her frustration with the UK feminist movement’s failure to account for racialised dynamics, including its own racial biases and prejudices. In response, she recalls her work with Women Against Racism and Fascism network (WARF) to develop anti-racist feminist strategy and tactics. 

Foregrounding the book’s central arguments, Ware highlights how tropes of idealised female purity and virtue went hand-in-glove with the British empire’s ‘civilising’ goals. White women’s supposed vulnerability was used to justify taking extreme measures against indigenous people in the name of public order and protection. 


Together we will read selections from ‘The White Woman’s Burden: Race and Gender in Historical Memory?.’ The chapter can be found here, together with ‘Workings of Whiteness,’ an interview with Vron Ware by Bolette B. Blaagaard, for background. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WwUb7YFdGz2uPQgthCglwkrQQyjV-r1L

No advance reading is required as the texts will be read aloud during the meeting. 

Please bring a copy of the reading with you.

Vron Ware

Vron Ware is a British academic with a background in anti-fascist journalism, photography, and activism. Her other books are Out of Blackness(2002), co-authored with Les Back, Who Cares About Britishness?(2007), and Military Migrants (2012)

Book Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feminist-duration-reading-group-the-white-womans-burden-vron-ware-tickets-74453651877?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

Marriage of Maharajah’s daughter, India, Harald Lechenperg, 1932, from the cover of Vron Ware Beyond the Pale (detail)

Marriage of Maharajah’s daughter, India, Harald Lechenperg, 1932, from the cover of Vron Ware Beyond the Pale (detail)

White Women, Race Matters

White Women, Race Matters