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Feminist Reading Groups in Contemporary Art Contexts: Characteristics, Limitations and Possibilities

Gendering in Research Network talk by Sophia Kier-Byfield, Lougborough University

2021.02.02 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Thu 25 Feb
Time 11:00 13:00
Location Zoom Meeting ID: 610 5536 3101

Abstract

Reading groups that are orientated around feminism are now a recognizable trend across art contexts. These can be short- or long-term projects, with existing groups meeting in gallery spaces or reading group events run by artists and curators appearing in public programmes. The free and open-to-all reading group harbours the promise of expanding feminist study and debate to different audiences. However, learning structures that appear to be inclusive do not operate as such by default, especially when they take place in the symbolic spaces of contemporary art. Questions therefore arise as to why reading groups are happening in art contexts, for whom they are intended, who attends them, and what kinds of learning are realized as they unfold. My research therefore seeks to locate the roles that feminist reading groups are fulfilling and explore the ways in which they simultaneously diverge from and support institutional norms in their position as an educational ‘alternative’ offered within the contemporary art framework. In this talk I will trace the gendered histories of social reading practices and small group organising to the present moment of the self-organised reading group’s popularity, before discussing the pedagogical, epistemic, temporal, relational and spatial insights and tensions that have arisen from specific case studies.

Link: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/5636106271

Meeting ID: 610 5536 3101

 

Passcode: 045940

   

About the speaker

Sophia Kier-Byfield, PhD
Lougborough University

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