Feminist Duration Reading Group: Ecofeminism, June 2018

Image credit: Laura Aguilar, Motion #56, 1999

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
A E Kings, ‘Intersectionality and the Changing Face of Ecofeminism,’ 2017
Examples of ecofeminist-oriented Iranian poetry will be circulated on the day.

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

(…)

I plant my hands in the garden soil—
I will sprout,
I know, I know, I know.
And in the hollow of my ink-stained palms
swallows will make their nest.

I will adorn my ears with twin-cherry sprigs,
wear dahlia petals on my nails.
There is an alley where boys who once loved me still stand
with the same tousled hair, thin necks, and scrawny legs,
contemplating the innocent smiles of a young girl
swept away one night by the wind.

There is an alley my heart has stolen
from my childhood turf.

(…)

“Reborn”, Forough Farrokhzad
Translation by Sholeh Wolpé


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.

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.