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Feminist readings 2: theory, practice and politics of reading today

January 12th, 2016

Detail from Feminist Readings symposium poster, held at the University of Paris 8 and the Finnish Institute in Paris on 21-22 May 2015

Call for papers for a symposium to be held on 15 & 16 April 2016 at the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.

This two-day postgraduate symposium poses the question of reading with feminist theory, art and politics. It turns to reading and re-reading not only as a critical and scholarly activity but also as a key aspect of feminist political and artistic interventions. Reading is understood not only as a critical approach that engages with a close study of a rich and diverse landscape of feminist thought but also as a creatively engaging process with its complexities, affinities, contradictions and differences.

The symposium follows a feminist tradition in which reading is a political act. It welcomes not only feminist readings of texts, readings of feminist texts, or feminist readings of feminist texts but also – precisely – works which aim to reflect on the productive complexity of what ‘reading’ is or can do. This might be, for example, in relation to feminisms and their ‘objects’, modes of gender, sexual difference(s), sexuality and their intersectionality with race, class, language(s), power structures, oppression and discrimination.

The symposium welcomes readings including but not limited to the following topics:

  • feminist heritage, archive and genealogies
  • intersectionality
  • bodies and other materialities
  • sexualities
  • maternal subjectivities and creativity
  • the limits of reading and beyond
  • visual arts, film, literature, music and other languages
  • postcoloniality or reading with the postcolonial
  • institutions and their practices
  • feminist/s writing
  • actions and activisms
  • power and resistances
  • feminist futures and future feminisms

Keynotes speakers include Professor Anne E Berger (University of Paris 8) and Professor Tuija Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki).

The symposium will be in English and it is free to attend.

See here for further details including submission information.

Deadline: Friday 29 January 2016.

Symposium organisers:
Lenka Vráblíková (University of Leeds)
Elspeth Mitchell (University of Leeds)
Louisa Lee (University of York)

Feminist Readings 2 is a continuation of the inaugural symposium Lectures féministes that was held at the University of Paris 8 and the Finnish Institute in Paris on 21-22 May 2015.

Feminist Readings 2 is in association with the Centre d’études féminines et d’études de genre, University of Paris 8 and the Doctoral Programme for Gender, Culture and Society, University of Helsinki.

Image: detail from Lectures féministes symposium poster.

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