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Feminist, queer and postcolonial subjectivities in contemporary art : a history in motion

Avant le 15 décembre - Rennes 2

Date de mise en ligne : [18-11-2014]

Mots-clés : féminisme | queer | colonialité | arts | histoire

International conference

Organizing committee :

Marie-laure Allain Bonilla, Émilie Blanc, Johanna Renard, Elvan Zabunyan, Laurence Bouvet-Lévêque, Nelly Brégeault, Isabelle Perreaudeau (cellule recherche de l’UFR Arts, Lettres, Communication, Université Rennes 2)

April 8-9-10, 2015 University Rennes 2

Presentation :

Since their explosion at the end of the 1960s, the historical feminist struggles have irrigated both artistic practices and theories, infusing fertile interchanges. On the one hand, by deconstructing discourses, images and ideologies that are shaping gender oppression in art, academic feminism has developed a new historiography. On the other hand, in order to raise issues of identity politics, artists have taken hold of this theoretical effervescence. The conference will thus consider the artwork through the lens of the relationships between artistic and intellectual experiences, between language and representations, and between text and image, from the 1980s to date. To go beyond the hegemonic discourses that render the diversity of subjectivities invisible, this conference will examine the resonances and circulations between the most challenging feminist, queer, and postcolonial theories, writings, and artistic practices at a global scale. By focusing on a transdisciplinary approach including visual arts, performance and literature, the conference will put the emphasis on the multiplicity of perspectives.
In the context of a global world, where contemporary art has turned into a transnational space, feminism, standing at the intersections of gender, postcolonial, and queer studies, must challenge the Eurocentric bias of the theoretical and critical paradigms. Defined as “knowledge without power” by Trinh T. Minh-ha, as a theory in the flesh according to Cherríe Moraga or, in the view of Teresa de Lauretis, as a reconfiguration of the frontiers between bodies and discourses, as well as a shift, both personal and conceptual, feminism encourages the decentralization, and the opening of spaces of friction. Indeed, fragmented, contradictory, and plural identities emerge from this plurality of worlds, invalidating the supposedly universal subject of feminism, and turning into transversal, transgressive, and transfeminist subjectivities. To express these subjectivities, to raise the “we” and the “I” from the subaltern subjects, feminists investigate language and knowledge, history and autobiography, representation and auto-representation, reclaiming their bodies through performance, happening, and dance, and redefining themselves through visual strategies. Thus, they are opening a wide project of deconstruction and re-creation.

Proposals can address, but are not limited to, the following topics :
Temporalities and histories :

- History as a space of deconstruction of gender, race, class, and sexuality oppressions, and as a space of production of new narratives (from History to historieS)
- Re-readings and reinventions, mythologies, and fictionalizations
- Revision of myths and modernity traditions
- Counter-colonial, decolonial narratives
Feminist, postcolonial, queer, and subaltern poetics / deconstructions of language :
- Political semiology : liberating and reinventing through language
- Feminist, queer, and postcolonial reconstructions of language : textual processes, syntactical strategies, renewal of grammar and vocabulary
- The experimental language practices : bilingualism, linguistic hybridization phenomena (creoles, spanglish, border languages, etc.)

Circulations between theories and practices :
- Thinking and creation : exchanges between artists and theorists
- Artistic contributions to feminist, queer, and postcolonial theories : regimes of representation, analysis of the spectator’s position, subversion of the identities, and gender performativity, etc.
- Resonances and shifts between politic consciousness, conceptualization, and feminist artistic expressions.

Submission procedure :

Please send an abstract of 300 to 500 words (excluding references) and a short biography to subjectivitesfeministes@gmail.com.

- Submissiondeadline:15thDecember2014 - Notification : mid - January2015

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