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Summer Symposium 2016

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.


List of Research Papers:

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

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

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

• Qiuzi Guo (Heidelberg University, Germany): The male gaze: female representation in porcelain and photography

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

• 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

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

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

• Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (University of Leeds): Gendered collections: from the home to the museum

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

• 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 curating

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

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


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: £19
AAH Member: £9

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The ticket price covers two days and includes 2 keynote lectures, 14 new research papers and refreshments. 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. Click here to see university recommended accommodation options.


 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.