Call for papers
Call for proposals for a session at The College Art Association, New York.
MATERNAL ART ACTIVISM
College Art Association, New York,
Chairs: Dr. Rachel Epp Buller and Dr. Margo Hobbs
'Maternal Art Activism' considers the work of mothers engaged in creative practice who position themselves as agents of cultural change. These artists situate individual works, or even entire careers — much as Kathe Kollwitz did in the early-twentieth century — as activist endeavors influenced by and often directly tied to their status as parents. Building on the feminist expression that “the personal is political,” Adrienne Rich opened a path for writers to take on an activist maternal voice in her well-known text, “Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Institution and Experience,” In the decades since, a host of creative producers around the globe - many of whom are not parents themselves - have answered her call, not only to grant visibility to hitherto obscured experiences of mothering, but also to engage in social and political protests from maternal viewpoints. Presenters might address creative work that disrupts expectations of maternal behavior and identity; community engagement, public art, or interventions in public spaces influenced by experiences of motherhood; creative work that interrogates the representation of mothers in art, media or the marketplace; art about the censorship of the maternal body or discrimination against mothers; art that intersects with the politics of immigration, economics, transnational conflicts or environmental destruction. This panel invites artistic and scholarly submissions that engage with the challenges, strategies and possibilities of these and other aspects of contemporary maternal art activism.
For more information please see here.
MOTHERS, MOTHERING, MOTHERHOOD IN TODAY'S WORLD:
EXPERIENCE, IDENTITY, AGENCY AND INSTITUTION.
MIRCI's 20th Year Gala Conference,
October 14 - October 16, 2016
200 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada