In Depth:Feminism and History Conference and Update

The Artists page has been updated , with some more names and a few resources. This week I am looking at

intersections of feminism and technoscience and also searching for artists using computer media that focus

on gender/body/identity.

On Saturday Bishopsgate Institute is holding a one-day-conference in Feminism and History (organised by the History of Feminism Network in partnership with the Raphael Samuel History Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London-History and Politics Departments and the Graduate School), which I will be attending.

From the site:

“This one-day conference will explore the relationship between feminism and the making and writing of history. Postgraduates and early career scholars will present papers on many different aspects of the history of women’s movements since 1800, including ‘women of letters’, feminism and religion and re-thinking the first and second waves of feminism. The day will also discuss the rise of feminist history in the context of the women’s liberation movement and ask whether there is still a future for feminist history.

Speakers include Professor Barbara Taylor (University of East London), Dr Lucy Bland (London Metropolitan University), Dr Kathryn Gleadle (University of Oxford), Dr Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge) and Dr Margaretta Jolly (University of Sussex)”.
Booking and info here.
The Feminist Acivist Forum will also have a presence there, presenting their work on ‘Outwrite’ newspaper.
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QueerNL workshop

This came from the Queeruption list -announcement of the workshop (21-23 November 08) follows:

“We would like to propose a 2dh5 workshop on queer activism in the
Netherlands. The Netherlands had a very active queer and lgbt actvist
movement in the 70s and 80s. This movement had organised public
demonstrations, started public debates, and played a huge role in changing
the legal as well as social response to homosexuality and related issues.
However, over the last decade and a half, the momentum has steadily
decreased. Society at large, including lgbt people, see the struggle as
having been won, and there being nothing left to achieve. There are now
only a handful of queer groups as well as lgbt groups in the country, and
a majority of the latter have evolved into institutionalised lobbying
groups. Continue reading “QueerNL workshop”

tactical biopolitics book review

Marcie Bianco of Feminist Review writes about the new book ‘Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience’, Edited by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip, MIT Press. She notes that

‘The essay on subRosa’s subversive practices that intertwine art, biology, and politics nicely encapsulates the empowering, activist tone of’

the book.

Blog Project

This blog is a personal site (contact info at the about me page) linked to Dphil research project ‘New media, new feminisms? Networking for Contemporary Queer and Feminist Activism in UK (and beyond)’, which commenced in October 2008. It will publish comments, news and resources as the Research evolves. It also aims to be a meeting place with the groups and individuals that participate in the study. Finally, it functions as a journal of the research process. My primary goal at the moment is to set up a name index containing Feminists divided in the following broad sections: Academics, Activists, Artists, Collectives, Journalists. This will be placed at separate page(s) in the blog.

Thesis abstract

at this point-

The project refers to the use of new technologies for the production and circulation of activist media by contemporary queer/ feminist activists in

Britain. The focus is on new networking conditions

created by new media and their incorporation by feminist/ queer activists. I am interested in how the experience of producing ephemeral media

with new technologies is different from earlier forms,

for example zines, and, in particular, how the capability of digital archiving and sharing shapes production attitudes, form and content.

Moreover, I aim to understand how activists interact with

commercial media strategies like advertising. What kind of cultural capital and media literacy is needed by activists and to what

cultural/political collective memories do they speak? My corpus

is the work of groups and individuals, their attitudes and practices. By exploring networking conditions of media production,

eventually I ask: do they signify the emergence of ‘new feminisms’?