De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Feminisms in Fine Art and Textile Craft

Create/Feminisms (Middlesex University) is organising 4 online research seminars, held on Zoom, June-July 2022 (2-6pm, BST)

The 4 seminars programme and links

1) Decolonising Craft (June 14)

Keynote Speaker: Aarti Kawlra

Panellists: Fatima Hussain, Neelam Raina

Chair: Rima Saini

2) Feminist Pedagogies: learning to unlearn and decolonial toolkits (June 21)

Keynote Speaker: Dalida Maria Benfield

Panellists: Sharlene Khan, Michele Williams Gamaker, Isabelle Massu

3) De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Futures in Feminism (June 28)

Keynote Speaker: Francoise Verges

Panellists: Renee Mussai, Sahra Taylor, Antonia Majaca

4) Feminist De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Aesthetics (July 5)

Keynote Speaker: Madina Tlostanova

Panellists: Shanna Ketchum Heap O’Birds, Ayanna Dozier, Leslie C. Sotomayor.

These seminars have been organised with the belief that feminism needs to represent its own pluri-versality as it continues to redefine local/global politics through its alliances and maintain its allegiances to diverse ways of thinking and making. De-/Anti-/Post-Colonial thought contains many different tactics, approaches and spheres of influence in visual arts and textiles. Feminist work in de-/anti-/post-colonial thought has pursued a long-standing critique of the blindspots on gender in configurations of modernity/coloniality; in postcolonial and critical race theory scholarship; in black and anti-racist, anti-homophobic thought; and is evident in black, third-world, global majority, post-Soviet as well as indigenous histories and movements. These complex interventions redefine feminist intersectionality and queer theory away from their configurations solely in nation-states, area studies or world systems theories, searching for other ways to re-imagine global connections, histories and cultural developments, as well as systems of belonging or referencing, to envisage new forms of planetary visions of space and time, past and present. It is in this spirit of acknowledging and making visible the range of this work that we have organised these seminars.

Each seminar will have a keynote, a panel of 2-3 papers and an open poster session.