Feminist Readings 2: Theory, practice and politics of reading today

The two-day international post-graduate conference titled ‘Feminist Readings 2’ which will take place in April 2016 is a continuation of an international symposium held by the Women’s & Gender Studies Centre at the University Paris 8 in 2015. By bringing together postgraduates from Paris 8, University of Helsinki, University of Leeds, University of Sheffield & University of York, the 2016 conference will be a platform for post-graduates researching in the field of feminism, critical theory, art history, history & literature together with Leeds based art practitioners to share their work. In addition, due to the participation of leading figures in contemporary feminist theory (Prof Anne Berger, Paris 8, Prof Tuija Pulkkinen, University of Helsinki, & Prof Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds), the conference will enable participants to engage with the questions posed by feminism & its readings & thus have the opportunity to contribute to current scholarship on an international scale. The event aims to create an intellectually vibrant & diverse environment as well as an opportunity for developing future connections & collaborations specifically among young post-graduate researchers within the UK and abroad, contributing to their intellectual & professional development. Apart from focusing on feminist theory, the conference will focus on the analysis & production of art (visual arts, literature, theatre and film). It will therefore not only include academic papers but the theme will be also addressed through artistic approaches. Hosted by the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies the event will collaborate with key Leeds arts organisations Pavilion (http://www.pavilion.org.uk/), the Tetley (http://thetetley.org/) & SPUR (http://spurpublication.co.uk/) to programme a series of film screenings, performances & art commissions. This will give the event a unique opportunity to engage with the art & activist community and the wider Leeds & Yorkshire public.

General Information

Awarded

£ 1642

Lead Student

Elspeth Mitchell, Leeds

Other student organisers

Louisa Lee, York