Summer Symposium 2016

AAH Summer Symposium 2016

Gender in art: production, collection, display

Loughborough University, June 8 – 09, 2016

„The development of critical feminist discourses since the 1960s has elucidated ways in which social, political and economic structures have impacted on the production and display of artwork. Gradually, the construction of gender in collecting, curating, exhibiting and producing art began to be understood as a reflection of wider social and cultural narratives, extending beyond gendered identities of individual artists or curators. In collaboration with Loughborough University, this year’s annual two-day AAH Student Summer Symposium will investigate current critical and art-historical approaches that develop theories, methodologies and debates to analyse the making, display and collection of art in light of concepts of gender.

As categorical differentiations between ‘sex’, as a biological distinction, and ‘gender’, as a culturally constructed version of masculinity and femininity, prove difficult, any critical debate about them inevitably requires careful engagement with the power relations that attempt to shape it. The same applies for the discourses around the power distribution at work in the making, collecting and exhibiting of art. Whether in the studio, in museums, private collections or domestic spaces, works of art and their curatorial framing remain
important sites for the construction of meaning concerning the interactions of the sexes. On the other hand, can such heteronormative ascriptions be understood as leftovers of binary thought patterns unable to account for fluid contemporary understandings of gender? In an attempt to understand and explain gendered identities in art, issues of equality, the domestic life, the ‘body’, the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ may be explored as complex intersections of social, cultural and political landscapes.“

Registration for two-day symposium includes: Two keynote addresses, fourteen papers showcasing new research, refreshments.
Tickets: £20; AAH Members £10
Bookings at

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Wednesday, 8 June

10.00-10.30 Registration/Refreshments

10.30-10.45 Welcome

10.45-12.15 Session 1: Private and Public

Elizabeth Kajs (University of Bristol): Woman as ‘split’:
investigations of the public and private in Käthe Kollwitz’s early

Molly Eckel (Courtauld Institute of Art): ‘A little world within a
world’: the Wardian fern-case in the Victorian home

Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (University of Leeds): Gendered collections:
from the home to the museum—the case of Lady Dorothy Nevill

12.15-13.15 Keynote 1: Prof Katy Deepwell

13.15-2.15 Lunch

2.15-3.45 Session 2: Curating and Display

Madeleine Pelling (University of York): ‘That noble possessor’: the
pursuit of virtuous knowledge and its materials in the collection of
Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-1785)

Elina Suoyrjö (Middlesex University): On affects, emotions and feminist

Wendy Wiertz (KU Leuven, Belgium): ‘Honneur aux dames!’: displaying
19th-century Belgian amateur women artists

3.45-4.15 Refreshments

4.15-5.15 Session 3: Feminist Practices

Rose-Anne Gush (University of Leeds): Image-body space in VALIE EXPORT

Cat Dawson (University of Buffalo, USA): The literal impossible: a
critique of literalism in minimalism

Thursday, 9 June

10.00-11.30 Session 4: Labour and Practice

Helen Osborn (Birmingham City University): Blue period: exploring
themes of fertility and motherhood through media experimentation

Sarah Charalambides (Goldsmiths, University of London): Situating
precarity in feminist art practice

Anastasia Philimonos (Collective, Edinburgh) Franki Raffles’s ‘Lot’s
Wife’: documenting the domestic in the early 1990s

11.30-12.00 Refreshments

12.00-13.00 Keynote 2: Prof Marsha Meskimmon

13.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00 Degree show tour

3.15-4.45 Session 5: Representing and Contesting Gender

Qiuzi Guo (Heidelberg University, Germany): The gaze of voyeur: female
representation from porcelain to photography

Sabine Hirzer (Graz University, Austria): Women at arms: visualisations
of gender in art

Minna Hamrin (Åbo Akademi University, Finland; Università di Bologna,
Italy): Saint Francis of Assisi’s exemplary chastity: picturing
hegemonic masculinity in post-tridentine Italian art

5.00 end

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