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)

Invited lecturer: Professor Cristina Archetti (University of Oslo)

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 will be based on her upcoming book Feminism: A Bad Memory (2018).

Keynote abstract:

Is Feminism a Bad Memory? Or Have we Created a Bad Memory for Feminism?

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?

To view all abstracts for this conference click here.


Full program:






Panel 1: Gender and History

  • Marianne Moen (UiO) - The present in the past: why gender representations in archaeology matter
  • Max Naderer (UiO) - Violence, Honour and Masculinity in High Medieval Norway
  • Kamilla Aslaksen (HiOA) - ‘being no person at all’: Anonymity and/as gender in the 19th century Norwegian literary Field




Invited Lecture

  • Professor Cristina Archetti (UiO) - The controlling hand behind the screen: Erasing the life of childless women in Norwegian, Italian and American cinema


Lunch Break



  • Professor Griselda Pollock (Univ. of Leeds) - Is Feminism a Bad Memory? Or Have we Created a Bad Memory for Feminism?




Panel 2: Gender and Literature

  • Perry McPartland (UiA) - Jack shall have Jill and all shall be well
  • Francesca Arnavas (Univ. of York) - Why Alice Doesn’t Meet a Prince Charming: The Alice Books as an Unconventional Representation of Gender
  • Chiara Amoretti (Univ. of Bristol) - ‘I want to be the black leather Virgin Mary’: en-gendering religion in two works by Kathy Acker




Panel 3: Gender and Culture

  • Francis R. Hartline (NTNU) - The trans(gender) paradox: The limitations of Norway’s gender self-declare law reform
  • Line Grønstad (UiB) - Traditional men with non-traditional names



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 Apr. 20, 2020 10:53 PM