Feminist Duration Reading Group: Ecofeminism
2 June 2018

Sat 2 Jun, 4-8pm
*Meeting in a private home in Clerkenwell
Free & all welcome

Following a meeting of the Feminist Duration Reading Group on ‘Hydrofeminism’ in 2017, this session focuses on the under-explored movement of ecofeminism. Juxtaposing non-western ecofeminist poetry with a scholarly text, the meeting will explore ecofeminism’s potential for intersectional disruption of the oppressive status-quo, coming from the margins and encompassing new forms of non-Western action and thought. 

As a term, ecofeminism is said to have been coined by French feminist Françoise d’Eaubonne in 1974. It encompasses key feminist tenets to analyse and contest the treatment of 'nature' and 'woman' within male-centred society. In a worldview that respects nonlinear structures, organic processes, and holistic connections, ecofeminism promotes the merits of intuition and collaboration.  Contemporary ecofeminist approaches highlight the positive impact of Queer, Black and Indigenous feminisms on its concrete applications including those in academia, artistic practice, and political and grassroots organising. 

Text
We read out loud, together, as a group. Please bring copies with you. Prior reading is not required.
A E Kings, ‘Intersectionality and the Changing Face of Ecofeminism,’ 2017
Examples of ecofeminist-oriented poetry will be circulated on the day.

Venue
The meeting will take place in private home in Clerkenwell. It will include cooking and eating vegan food, as well as reading and talking, together. For the address and details of what to bring please email feministduration@gmail.com.

The session will be led by artist and Feminist Duration Working Group member Félicie Kertudo.

The Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on under-known and under-appreciated feminist texts, movements, and struggles from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition. Started at Goldsmiths, University of London, in March 2015, since July 2015 it has been generously hosted by SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street in Hackney.

The group generally meets once a month, alternately on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at SPACE, and the first Saturday of the month at 4pm a non-institutional venue.

Details of previous meetings can be found on the right-hand panel. 

The Feminist Duration Reading Group 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. It is led by the Feminist Duration Working Group whose current members are Giulia Antonioli, Angelica Bollettinari, Lina Džuverović, Sabrina Fuller, Lily Hall, Félicie Kertudo, Mariana Lemos, Roisin O’Sullivan, Sara Paiola, Helena Reckitt, and Justin Seng. 

If you would like to join the reading group mailing list, propose a focus for a subsequent session, or invite us to lead a meeting, please write to feministduration@gmail.com.