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TFAP@CAA 2020 Day of Panels: Transnational Feminisms

February 15, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the College Art Association Conference 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hitlon Chicago, Continental Ballroom C
8:30am – 5:30pm
Free and open to the public

This full-day symposium on Transnational Feminisms explores women’s art practice around the world from a decolonial perspective, rejecting the notions of both “woman” and “nation” as fixed subjects and stable categories and challenging an understanding of feminism as a unified and singular entity. Acknowledging the porosity of borders, we define globalization as the interconnected movement of capital and peoples that characterizes the modern era. Paying attention to locality, we consider how feminism in art practice took multiple and specific forms contingent on temporal events and local conditions. In many places and throughout history, feminist art related not only to gender issues, but was also inseparable from struggles against military dictatorships and state violence, colonialism, socioeconomic disparities, racism, repression, and censorship.

Transnational Feminisms examines women’s movements and artistic practice through intersectional lenses, taking into account gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexuality, religion, ability, age, and others. It will discuss issues related to representation, inclusion, diversity, and multiplicity and underline differences and common concerns across cultures. It will ask crucial questions about the reception of feminism outside Western Europe and the United States and the impact of diasporic experiences. It will also consider the power of social media in the digital era—its role in blurring borders and bringing together women’s causes around the globe, but also obfuscating the boundaries between private and public domains.


Symposium Chairs:
Claudia Calirman 
(John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) and Tatiana Flores (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Transnational Feminisms, part 1: Enacting Activism
8:3010:00 AM

Welcome, acknowledgements, and introductory remarks

Ana María Reyes, Boston University
Activating Vulnerability: On Artivism and Infrastructure

Anonda Bell, Rutgers-Newark
Terra Nullius: Australian Perspectives

Maria Gaspar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Jack this House

Transnational Feminisms, part 2: Performing Resistance
10:30 AM12:00 PM 

Laura Anderson Barbata, FONCA-CONACULTA, Mexico and University of Wisconsin, Madison
Performance: Julia Pastrana and the Eye of the Beholder

Amelia Jones, University of Southern California
Keynote: Transnational Feminisms and/in “Queer” Performance in New Zealand / Aotearoa

Transnational Feminisms, part 3: Trespassing Borders
12:302:00 PM

Jeffreen Hayes, bridge/arts, inc. and Threewalls
Faded to the Back: Black Women in Arts Leadership

Susette Min, University of California, Davis
Art and the Making of Formal Justice

Edra Soto, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Agents and Supermodels

Melissa Potter, Columbia College Chicago
Border Crossings: Feminist Collaboration in Traditional Societies

Transnational Feminisms, part 4: Expanding Constructs
2:003:30 PM

Mechtild Widrich, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Second World, Second Sex: How Applicable was Western Feminism in Eastern Europe

Giulia Lamoni, Instituto de Historia da Arte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / FCT
Portuguese Pop: A Feminist Reading

Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara
Motherhood, Representation and the California 1960s

Agata Jakubowska, Adam Mickiewicz University
Globalizing History of Feminist Art

Transnational Feminisms, part 5: Decentering Discourse
4:005:30 PM

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, University of Rhode Island
The Multiplicity of Re/Presentation

Laura Kina, DePaul University
Decolonizing Memory: Drawing Indigenous Okinawan Hajichi Tattoos

Lisa Farrington, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Priestess/Goddess: The Power of Women in Vodou Culture and Art

Wanda Raimundi Ortiz, University of Central Florida
Performance: Chuleta la Profe Discusses Las Reinas de Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz: Confronting the Pain Body through Performance


February 15, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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