CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Women, The Arts, and Activism


Women, The Arts, and Activism
a Conference at Sarah Lawrence College
Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2012
Free and Open to the Public

Historically, women have been seen and represented as protectors and transmitters of culture, yet, although some women gained recognition as artists, many more struggled to be seen, heard, and taken seriously.  As in other disciplines, women bring their own diverse voices and points of view to the canvass, writing table, music stand, stage, and street.  From Renaissance painters to contemporary hip hop and performance artists, women represent their particular journeys as singular personalities and as members of various groups.  Whoever they are and from wherever they hail, their expression expands our global understanding of women’s history.  Additionally, The women’s history conference at its core is about women’s activism. Throughout time, women have used their artistic expression as a method of activism. This year we will explore the ways in which women have used their art as means of liberation.

We invite the submission of proposals for papers, panels, workshops and performances that express the extremely diverse nature of the story of women in the arts and their activism, from ancient to modern/postmodern from all areas of the arts.

Specific topics may include, but are not limited to:

Women in the Black Arts Movement

Women’s Social Protest Expressed Through the Arts

Arts and Race

Women, Art and Sexuality

The Role of Women’s Artistic Expression in War and Revolution

Women’s Artistic Expression Across Cultures

Debating Canon

Women in Literature

Please include a short description of each presentation and a one-page c.v. for each presenter.  Proposals for whole panels or workshops are especially welcome, but we will also consider individual papers.

Deadline:  Monday, December 12, 2011

Send proposals to:<>
(email submissions are preferred)
Tara James, Associate Director
Graduate Program in Women’s History
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way, Bronxville, New York 10708