I wrote a short tribute to the pioneering art historian Linda Nochlin, which you can find on Apollo Magazine’s website. In Nochlin’s own words:
[F]eminist art history is there to make trouble, to call into question, to ruffle feathers in the patriarchal dovecots. It should not be mistaken for just another variant of or supplement to mainstream art history. At its strongest, a feminist art history is a transgressive and anti-establishment practice, meant to call many of the major precepts of the discipline into question.
We are delighted to announce the publication of Feminism and Art History Now: Radical Critiques of Theory and Practice, edited by Lara Perry and Victoria Horne. This collection of essays arose from the Writing Feminist Art Histories workshops and a conference across 2012-16, details of which are recorded on this blog. Chapter contributors include: Angela Dimitrakaki, Laura Guy, Andrew Hardman, Giovanna Zapperi, Francesco Ventrella, Catherine Grant, Cherry Smiley, Hannah Hambin, Kirsten Lloyd, Amy Tobin, Elke Krasny, Kimberly Lamm, with additional visual material from Suzanne Van Rossenberg.
Sincerest thanks to everyone who took part in the events or who has followed online.
Link to publisher’s website
LOCAL/GLOBAL DYNAMICS IN FEMINISM AND CONTEMPORARY ART
The important feminist art journal n.paradoxa is celebrating 20 years of publication with a conference at Middlesex University. Further details on the programme and how to register are available here.
For those who can’t make the conference, you can still learn about feminism and contemporary art with n.paradoxa’s MOOC (massive online open course). Available here.
I’m very excited to be taking part in a wonderful seminar organised by PhD researchers at Luneburg, Germany. This has given me a great opportunity to reflect on the Writing Feminist Art Histories project, in preparation for the publication of our edited book which is coming very very soon…
Queer Screens Conference
2-3 September 2017
An exciting conference coming up at Northumbria University later this year, with Prof Jack Halberstam confirmed as keynote speaker. For more details and information on how to submit a proposal see the conference blog.
Archiving Feminist Cultural Activism
This PhD project invites candidates to explore the entangled intersection of feminist cultural activism, art history and archiving across the UK. Almost five decades after the the emergence of feminist interventions in art and visual culture, the challenges and expectations raised by archiving and remembering those momentous practices are more pressing than ever. Recent endeavours including the British Library’s digitisation of Spare Rib (1972-93) or the anthologisation of Twenty Years of Make Magazine (2015) record significant moments in the production and circulation of feminist cultural materials. To what extent, however, can historians, librarians, artists and curators capture and record the ephemeral aspects of these activist communities – the reading groups, educational spaces, and social relations therein. If ‘the archive is where academic and activist work frequently converge’ (Eichhorn, 2013), is it possible to conceive of performative, experimental or artistic modes of documenting and organising knowledge that more truthfully preserve the politics of past activisms? Looking to the future as well as to the past, how can feminists develop archiving practices that meet the demands of the digital era? This studentship will examine the histories and theories of archiving, curating and documenting in light of the ‘archival turn’ of the 1990s; and will innovatively update these enquiries to reflect on how to care for past and present feminist cultural activisms.
Deadline for applications: 20 January 2017
Start Date: 2 October 2017
Supervisor: Dr Victoria Horne
Informal enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is being considered for studentship funding in competition with other projects, available to applicants worldwide. The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates for 2017/18 (this is yet to be set, in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000 / International Lab-based £16,000). Additionally, as Northumbria celebrates its 25th anniversary as a University and in line with our international outlook, some projects may also be offered to students from outside of the EU supported by a half-fee reduction.
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Starting at Northumbria University in September 2017. (Where it will feature lots of feminist art/design history and theory!)
website link: “Whether your interests lie in painting and sculpture, architecture, interior design, textiles and fashion or digital media, this innovative course will provide you with a solid foundation to pursue a career in the contextualisation of art and design. The course is structured around three interlocking streams to link rigorous academic inquiry into art and design history, the experience and curation of art and design in wider society, as well as other vocational experience in the cultural industries.
This course is unusual and innovative in combining the study of Art History with Design History, and integrating academic, experiential and vocational elements to give you an excellent foundation for a career in the cultural sector.
You do not need a qualification in art and design history to apply, just a keen interest in art and design and an enthusiasm for creative thinking. So whether your goal is to organise exhibitions, write about art and design, set up events, or progress to postgraduate research, this course will provide you with the intellectual skills and practical experience to realise your ambitions.”
If you have further questions about this new programme you can contact me on my institutional email address to discuss: victoria.horne AT northumbria.ac.uk.