Feminism and Time: A Reading Group, 2015

Feminism and Time: A Reading Group was held on Sunday 18 October 2015 at 2pm, reading and discussing together Julia Kristeva’s important essay ‘Women’s Time’ (1981), as well as reflecting on the question of time and feminism more broadly in the context of the About Time programme.

In particular we will looked at two examples of feminist counter cinema that offer a representation of time on screen, Sally Potter’s Orlando (1992) and Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman 23 Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975).

In her important and prescient essay ‘Women’s Time’ Bulgarian-French feminist theorist Julia Kristeva outlines how, in Western Culture, masculinity and femininity have been aligned with strikingly different notions of time. The essay also considers three different attitudes of European feminist movements (the so-called First Wave, Second Wave and Third Wave) toward a masculine conception of linear time and history.