Call for papers for the conference: ‘Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts’

Call for papers for the conference: ‘Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts’,

Christie’s Education, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, June 26-27, 2018

Transnational belonging and subjectivity-in-process: contemporary women artists’ encounters with space ‘You grant me space, you grant me my space. But in so doing you have always already taken me away from my expanding space.’ Luce Irigaray, Elemental Passions (1992) [1982] (our emphases)

Current nation-state narratives and rising nationalisms demand that we rethink notions of space and politics of access to space. We live in a crisis in which we need to renegotiate and reframe the potential of solidarity and cooperation. In rejecting the idea of male granted space, Luce Irigaray names its patriarchal spatial exclusion, which renders women passive and removes them from participation with/in the community. Marsha Meskimmon’s concept of ‘be(long)ing’ as a form of cosmopolitanism suggests novel ways of thinking about dislocated subjects, domesticity and citizenship. Through such renaming and reframing, this session destabilises the politics of space to consider ways in which female agency disrupts borders and activates concerns around different forms of belonging, citizenship and transnationalisms. What is the potential of common and ethical figurations of being, human and non-human? The session acknowledges women’s generous encounters with space and their commitment to decolonize spaces through solidarity, hospitality and friendship. Contributions will signal transversal thinking and artmaking that articulates ‘in-between’ and co-affective models of belonging and questions current forms of citizenship and national subjectivity.

This session consists of four presentations and a roundtable discussion. We invite:

• presentations that address issues of unequal spatial relations and asymmetries of power – strategies of female spatial agency through artmaking;

• feminist art historical and practice-led considerations that address multiple frameworks of difference and disrupt national narratives;

• contributions exploring new figurations of belonging and new articulations of place and space – common and ethical affective encounters with the environment human and non-human.

Conference session convened by Dr Catherine Dormor & Dr Basia Sliwinska. Paper proposals should include an abstract (max 500 words) and short biography (max 250 words), and be sent to Basia Sliwinska ( and/ or Catherine Dormor (