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Gender and Representation (Graduate Conference)

Interdisciplinary graduate conference investigating how portrayals in history, media, literature, and the arts affect our understandings of gender.

All talks are open to the public. No need to register in advance. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Keynote speaker: Professor Griselda Pollock  (University of Leeds, UK)

About keynote:

Griselda Pollock is a professor of the Social & Critical Histories of Art and Director at the Centre for Cultural Analysis at the University of Leeds. Among her many publications are the books Mary Cassatt: Painter of Modern Women (1980), Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and Histories of Art (1988), Differencing the Canon (1999), and Encountering Eva Hesse (2006). Her talk on Nov. 3, "Is Feminism a Bad Memory? Or Have we Created a Bad Memory for Feminism?" will be based on her upcoming book Feminism: A Bad Memory (2018).


Keynote abstract:

In this lecture Griselda Pollock will reflect on how current narratives form a problematic 'memory' of, and hence an imperilled future for, feminism. How has the story of the emergence of feminism shaped a memory that may be destructive for its future? Why have certain concepts or theoretical initiatives come to dominate the field at the level of institutionalisation and pedagogy? What is the common sense of what feminism was or is? Who has formed it and why? Is there a geopolitical dimension to this? Can it be read psychoanalytically? How does this relate to the invisibility of cultural and art historical contributions to feminist theory and practice within the larger field of sociological and philosophical approaches to feminism? What does it mean to be a feminist theorist working at the institutional margins in fields such as art and art history?

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Funded by the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) and the Centre for Gender Research (STK) at the University of Oslo.



Published Mar. 25, 2017 6:23 PM - Last modified Oct. 16, 2017 4:43 PM