CEED Feminisms 1: Decentring Western Feminisms
Feminist Duration Reading Group x Cell Project Space
Thursday 21st September 2023, 6.30-8.30pm
Cell Project Space
Please join us on Thursday, 21 September, for the launch and first session of the CEED (Central Eastern European and Diaspora) Feminisms reading group series, organised by Cell Project Space in collaboration with Feminist Duration Reading Group to take place between September 2023 - February 2024. We look forward to collectively exploring the role of current and historical feminist thinking in constructing cultural narratives of Central Eastern Europe and British Central Eastern European diaspora.
The first three reading groups will address decolonial Central 'Eastern' European feminisms; transnational feminist solidarity in war, and labour and 'East' to 'West' migration, as focus areas selected by an initial group of respondents to our initial Info Meeting in Spring 2023.
Reading Group 1 considers the specificities of Central Eastern European feminisms inflected by postsocialism, continuities in postsocialist and postcolonial feminisms and routes to decentring Western Feminisms. Extracts from Ewa Majewska's Feminist Antifascism (2021), focus the case of postsocialist neoliberal Poland, a ‘semi-peripheral state’ through the lens of the legacy of Polish 1980s trade union-led social movement Solidarność, weak resistance, and publicfeminist protest, to situate feminism as a political antithesis to fascism. In counterpoint, Madina Tlostanova, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, and Redi Koobak's ‘Border thinking and disidentification,’,(2016) advocates for transversal dialogues and ‘volatile but effective coalitions between postsocialist and postcolonial feminists,’, proposing tools for a feminist practice that escapes the terms of feminism's 'Western' hegemonic centre.
Together we will read:
- Extracts from Ewa Majewska (2021), 'Introduction: Why Should We Reclaim the Public?,' Feminist Antifascism: Counterpublics of the Common, Verso
- Madina Tlostanova, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, and Redi Koobak (2016), 'Border thinking and disidentification: Postcolonial and postsocialist feminist dialogues,' Feminist Theory, 17(2), pp. 7-14
There is no expectation to read the texts in advance, we will read out loud, one person and one paragraph at a time, together. Please bring copies of the texts with you if possible. Access to texts will be granted upon RSVP.
Creating spaces of mutual support, curiosity and learning, CEED Feminisms aims to respond to cultural blind spots around prejudice and xenophobia in the UK towards the 'Eastern European' immigrant, sharpened by Russia’s war in Ukraine, and by Brexit.
In collaboration with Feminist Duration Reading Group, CEED (Central Eastern European and Diaspora), founded in May 2022, through an Open Call, have been engaging a network of practitioners based in the UK, Central Eastern Europe and beyond through a gathering of five reading groups from September 2023 – February 2024 to explore the role of current and historical feminist thinking in constructing cultural narratives about Central Eastern Europe and British Central Eastern European diaspora. The first three reading groups address decolonial Central 'Eastern' European feminisms; transnational feminist solidarity in war, and labour and 'East' to 'West' migration, as focus areas selected by an initial group of respondents to our Info Meeting in Spring 2023.
The Art Practices and British Central Eastern European Diaspora Research Group is facilitated by curators Jessie Krish and Adomas Narkevičius.
Established in 2015, the Feminist Duration Reading Group (FDRG) is a gathering focused on feminisms outside the dominant Anglo-American canon. It juxtaposes earlier moments of radical feminist thought, art, and collective practice with current urgencies. The group has developed a practice of reading out loud, together, one paragraph at a time, with the aim of creating a sense of connection and intimacy during meetings.
CEED Feminisms is a Research Group of the British Art Network (BAN). BAN is a Subject Specialist Network supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with additional public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
CEED Feminisms is additionally supported by the Cockayne Foundation.
Supported by Cockayne and the London Community Foundation