Feminist Readings 2:
Theory, practice and politics of reading today
15 – 16 April 2016,
University of Leeds. UK
Confirmed Keynotes Speakers:
Professor Anne E. Berger, University of Paris 8
Professor Tuija Pulkkinen, University of Helsinki
A symposium to be held at the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.
This two-day 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, most recently endorsed and situated within pedagogy, intimacy, aesthetics and postcolonial studies by Gayatri Spivak (2003, 2012). It intervenes in the field of feminist studies with a specific focus on philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical analysis and the production of ‘texts’, whether they take the form of literature, film, visual arts or performance. Reading is conceptualised in the broadest sense both as a concrete practice and as a metaphor for feminist self-reflexivity, as a productive and creative process, a means and space of transmission, transformation and imagination.
The symposium 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
- bodies and other materialities
- 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
The symposium will be in English.
Conference fee: FREE
Abstracts of 200-300 words (for 20 minute papers, presentations and art practices), plus a short biographical statement, should be submitted to the symposium organisers by Friday 29 January 2015. Please submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be offering a limited number of small bursaries to presenters who are unwaged and whose institutions cannot support them to come to the conference. If you wish to apply, please submit a short paragraph with your abstract explaining why you need the bursary in order to attend the conference.
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 programme for Gender, Culture and Society, University of Helsinki.