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 

White Women, Race Matters

White Women, Race Matters

Annika von Hausswolff, Attempting to Deal with Time and Space, 1997

Annika von Hausswolff, Attempting to Deal with Time and Space, 1997

Led by Helena Reckitt

The September meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on the generative work of US-based, UK-born sociologist Ruth Frankenberg on the construction of whiteness and femininity. For White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness (1993) Frankenberg conducted life history interviews with white American women from a range of backgrounds. These personal narratives highlight how race structures the lives of white as well as Black subjects, shaping daily experiences along with the sense of cultural identity and belonging. 

Resonating with the criticism levelled by women of colour at white feminism’s universalising tendencies, Frankenberg defamiliarizes the unmarked categories of white womanhood, making visible the constructed nature of racialized identity and experience, dominance and privilege. Foregrounding the ways in which her subjects articulate racial difference, Frankenberg concludes that racial and cultural identities are not binary or essential, but dynamic and transformable. 

"Attention to the construction of white 'experience' is important, both to transforming the meaning of whiteness and to transforming the relations of race in general. This is crucial in a social context in which the racial order is normalized and rationalized rather than upheld by coercion alone. Analyzing the connections between white daily lives and discursive orders may help make visible the processes by which the stability of whiteness – as location of privilege, as culturally normative space, and as standpoint – is secured and reproduced." 

Reading

Together we will read Chapter 7, 'Questions of Culture and Belonging', together with the 'Epilogue.' Readings can be found here, together with one review and the Appendix for reference. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KkR0m6yOCnFRYavMcbzscHpW5wocv3a7?usp=sharing

No advance reading is required, texts are read aloud during the meeting.

Venue

The meeting will take place in the home of a friend of the Feminist Duration Reading Group in Wapping, Tower Hamlets, east London. We will cook and share a vegan meal, as well as read and talk.

Please email feministduration@gmail if you can attend to receive details of the address along with what you can bring to contribute to the vegan meal.

Complicating Sisterhood

Complicating Sisterhood