Feminist Art History’s Aggiornamento and the Classroom
Session to be held at Mid-America College Art Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 15-18, 2008 (www.herron.iupui.edu/community/macaa2008)
Despite the renewed commitment to historicizing Feminist art and artists, such as the critically acclaimed exhibitions "Global Feminisms" and "WACK! Art and Feminist Revolution," little discussion has been given to this scholarship's impact on the classroom. The publications produced in conjunction with these shows introduce a more global perspective on feminism, art and women artists and given the abundance of this new literature raise a number of questions for teaching. For instance, are courses devoted to women artists still necessary or should they be eliminated in favor of gender studies where gender can be explored in concert with issues of ability, class, race, religion, and sexuality? If still offered, how do these classes resist creating a separate canon of women artists that fails to interrogate the universal construct of "woman"? This panel seeks innovative and distinctive pedagogical approaches to addressing the lives of women artists and feminist art theory that take into account the expanding scholarship in this field of study.
Please email an abstract to Joanna Gardner-Huggett (firstname.lastname@example.org), including summer contact information, and a brief CV (no more than three pages) by June 15th. Decisions will be sent by email by June 23, 2008.
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