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Summer Symposium

The Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference highlighting post-graduate research.It takes place at a different university each year in early Summer.

Summer Symposium 2016
Gender in art: production, collection, display
Loughborough University
8 - 9 June 2016


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About this event

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.


Summer Symposium 2-day Programme

The conference will take place in  Brockington Building on the Loughborough University campus between 9.30am and 5.30pm on both days.

Registration will be from 9.00 - 9.30 on Wednesday 8 June. Sufficient time will be allocated for lunch so that delegates can pick up something to eat from options on campus. View and print a copy of the 2-day programme (pdf)  or see below



Programme

Venue: Brockington Building Room B.1.11

Wednesday, 8 June

10.00-10.30 Registration/Refreshments, Brockington Building Room B.1.11

10.30-10.45 Welcome

10.45-12.15 Session 1: Private and Public

12.15-13.15 Keynote 1: Prof Katy Deepwell

13.15-2.15 Lunch

2.15-3.45 Session 2: Curating and Display


3.45-4.15 Refreshments

4.15-5.15 Session 3: Feminist Practices

 

Thursday, 9 June

10.00-11.30 Session 4: Labour and Practice

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


Supporters

The Summer Symposium is generously supported by the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University.


The Summer Symposium is organised by the AAH student members group. The organisers of this year's summer symposium are: Emma Bourne, Sara Tarter, Sofia Mali and Tilo Reifenstein.


Tickets and Booking

Standard Ticket: £20
AAH Member: £10

We purposefully keep the ticket price as low because we know that most people will be paying for accommodation and travel too. The ticket price covers two days and includes 2 keynote lectures, 14 research papers, and refreshments on both days. The symposium is open to all, however speakers must be AAH members. Lunch and accommodation is not included.

The Summer Symposium is generously supported by the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University.

Accommodation
Delegates attending the Summer Symposium are responsible for arranging and booking their own accommodation. There is accommodation on campus at the University Lodge for £43 per night B&B. 


 Previous Summer Symposiums, 2000 - 2015 

Caption: Illustration from page 67 of Bohemian Paris of To-Day by WC Morrow, illus. by Edouard Cucuel, publ. 1900 by JB Lippincott (Philadelphia & London). Public Domain via The Library of Congress and Internet Archive Book Images. Caption: Illustration from page 67 of Bohemian Paris of To-Day by WC Morrow, illus. by Edouard Cucuel, publ. 1900 by JB Lippincott (Philadelphia & London). Public Domain via The Library of Congress and Internet Archive Book Images.