Conference CFP: Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms, 2 July 2018

Create/Feminisms event – 2 July 2018, Middlesex University

This one-day conference on 2 July 2018 at the Grove Building, Middlesex University aims to reflect on feminist activism and artivism in/through the many different kinds of contemporary art practices, campaigns and art projects and to explore the rich history of feminism’s innovative and diverse approaches and contributions to both art and politics.

How do the practices of feminist art workers and activists identify, comment, reflect, address and question issues related to changes in civil and political rights over their bodies; campaigns around health and social care and violence against women; in anti-nuclear and anti-militarist campaigns for the end of conflicts or for peace; in protests about women’s rights as workers, citizens, refugees or migrants; for LGBTQI rights; for disability rights?

Activism is now strongly associated with participatory art practices and art’s capacity to engage with particular communities or groups of people to realise a politically or socially-informed project, but there is a long history of art activism in inventing symbols or identifying political identities related to different struggles. This history includes women’s struggles and protests internationally who have developed their own imagery, murals, icons, posters and logos. Another dominant role for art is its use as a tool of “therapy” by political activists and charities in conflict zones. If artivism now means art+activism, how do feminist art practices today develop progressive agendas for social transformation or radical forms of democracy? Or has artivism become a catchword for any woman’s empowerment through the arts/using art? Is art privileged in its ability to address some realities better than others, some types of campaigns over others? And what are the effects of feminist art practices and interventions amongst different audiences and how are these visible in social media or in culture as a whole?

2018 marks 100 years since women in the UK over 30 and with a property qualification obtained the vote. Beyond the fact of SOME women’s enfranchisement as citizens, many questions about women’s legal and political rights across the world remain, even though the UN has declared development goals and women’s rights as human rights a key goal for more than 40 years. How has feminism transformed in the last 50 years our understandings of art and activism in relation to struggles for women’s rights as human rights?

2018 also marks 50 years since the student occupation of Hornsey College of Art, which joined Middlesex University. One panel at this event will be dedicated to feminism’s role in art student protests, sit-ins, work-ins, occupations and alternative de-colonising pedagogies in the last 50 years.

The call for papers invites 10-20 min. presentations.

These could be case studies of feminist art practices, protest events or campaigns where visual analysis is key; position papers/theoretical arguments and/or practical pedagogic proposals are also welcome. Artists and curators discussing their views on activism and artivism are encouraged to apply. International comparative and cross-generational topics are welcomed.

Send your proposal for a contribution of not more than 200 words with contact details and a short outline about yourself by 29 May 2018 to Katy Deepwell

Papers from this call will be organised into 4-6 panels on the day.

All successful applicants to the panel will be announced with the full programme on 4 June 2018.

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There is no charge for this event. Please register to attend.

Every member of the audience/participant at this event is invited to bring a poster to present in the lunch time session which can outline a campaign, a research project, their current work or a proposal for future work, whether or not their paper is accepted.

This is a feminist research event aiming to bring together artists, writers, curators and self-defined artivists and activists, academics and non-academics, theorists and practitioners. It is organised by the Create/Feminisms Cluster in the Arts and Creative Industries Faculty at Middlesex University.

Limited funds from Middlesex University are available to support transport costs in the UK for those without institutional support whose papers are accepted. We regret that we cannot support costs of international airfares to this event.


About nparadoxa

n.paradoxa is an international feminist art journal, published since 1996 online and 1998 in print website: n.paradoxa is edited by Katy Deepwell
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