Samantha Sweeting The Whiteness of the Whale 2012. Photograph. Image copyright and courtesy of the artist.
INTERMEDIAL BODY POLITICS: TOWARDS A FEMINIST ANALYSIS OF IMAGE/TEXT DYNAMICS
The seminar aims to explore intermedial interactions between literary and visual representations of the female body relying on the assumption that the conceptual shift implied in the dialectical, dialogic trope of word and image (i.e. the mixed-media image/text dynamics) entails a challenge to binary oppositions’ hegemonic logic, and hence provides an adequate means for the self-reflective expression of heterogeneously embodied, polyphonically voiced, kaleidoscopically envisioned feminine subjectivities-in-progress. We perform an interdisciplinary wedding of semiotics to corporeal feminism, of literary theory to readings in visual arts, and of iconography to revisionary interpretations of literature; unveil how the semioticization of female bodies affects the somatization of texts and images; and aim to offer a gender-sensitive analysis of topics like the textual value of illustrations, pictures collaged inside literary texts, the figurativeness of lyrical language and the materiality of signifiers.
Topics might include but are not limited to the following:
- Feminist practices, aesthetics and collectives
- Body Art/body politics
- Corporeal narratology/Corpusemiotics
- Feminist treatments of intermedial theory
- Gender-conscious narrative/poetical reinterpretations of ekphrasis, hypotyposis, synesthesia, iconotext, paratext, etc.
- The embodied reader/spectator and feminine subjectivity
- Feminist embodiments of analogue/electronic transmissions of knowledge
The seminar will take place within the 12th ESSE CONFERENCE in KOŠICE, SLOVAKIA
Friday 29 August – Tuesday 2 September, 2014
Seminar presentations may be of maximum 15 minutes in length. Those wishing to present are invited to submit 200-word abstracts of their proposed presentations directly to all the convenors of the seminar in question before 28 February 2014. The convenors will let all those submitting proposals know whether their proposals have been accepted by no later than 31 March 2014.
We would also be grateful for a short biography/CV with your attachment.
Dr. Anna Kérchy, University of Szeged, Hungary, email@example.com
Dr. Catriona McAra, University of Edinburgh, UK, firstname.lastname@example.org
Madame B by Mieke Bal & Michelle Williams Gamaker
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Hiraki Sawa, ‘Aurora’ from ‘Lenticular,’ 2013. HD video and lenticular printed edition.
Once Upon a Rocking-Horse: Hiraki Sawa’s Poetics of Space
Thursday 24 October
Meeting Room in Dundee Contemporary Arts
Join Dr Catriona McAra for an illuminating talk focusing on Hiraki Sawa’s video installations in relation to her own research into Surrealism and fairy tales. McAra is a writer, curator and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Edinburgh.
Coincides with Hiraki Sawa: Lenticular (Saturday 5 October 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014)
The Congress for Curious People 2013
I’m really looking forward to the forthcoming symposium, Reclaiming Spectacle, part of The Congress for Curious People in London this August-September 2013. I have been invited to respond to the films of Tessa Farmer in a panel entitled ‘The Micro-Spectacular,’ alongside Bergit Arends (Curator), Gavin Broad (Senior Curator, Hymenoptera, Natural History Museum), and Eleanor Morgan (Artist). The symposium takes place in Horse Hospital on 7-8 September and is organised by Aaron Beebe (Coney Island Museum), Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy), Petra Lange-Berndt (Preserved!), and Mark Pilkington (Strange Attractor).
Rachel Maclean, ‘The Lion and the Unicorn,’ 2012, archival pigmented digital print. Image courtesy of the artist.
Rachel Maclean’s latest exhibition, I HEART Scotland, opened last night at the Edinburgh Art Festival! My essay for the limited edition catalogue is entitled ‘Brigadoon Evacuated: The Demythologising Business of Rachel Maclean.’ The exhibition is on at Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Edinburgh (2 August – 7 September 2013).
Several reviews have been published already:
“I was perplexing various women in charity shops by buying both Rangers and Celtic football shirts,” Maclean laughs. “‘I just can’t decide, I like them both so much!’ - Jac Mantle, ‘Rachel Maclean: My Kingdom for a Gift Shop’ in The Skinny (30 July 2013).
Any final clue to her own views? ‘When I shot the video people were asking what my view was – “yes” or “no”. I kind of like people not to know.’ – Rhona Taylor, ‘Video Artist Rachel Maclean discusses her Edinburgh Art Festival 2013 show I HEART Scotland’ in The List (30 July 2013).
At once grotesquely positive and violently kitsch, ‘I HEART Scotland’ employs dark humour to present a playful and multi-layered reading of contemporary Scottish identity. – ‘I HEART Scotland: An Exhibition by Rachel Maclean opens at Edinburgh Printmakers’ in artdaily.org (2 August 2013).
Lovely review of Conteuses: An Evening with Kate Bernheimer by Joanna Coleman (doctoral candidate, University of Chichester) in the Sussex Centre for Folklore and Fairy Tales June/July 2013 newsletter, pp.4-6. Read all about contributions from Bernheimer, Tessa Farmer and Samantha Sweeting from the evening of Friday 7 June 2013 at Danielle Arnaud’s gallery in London.
Grateful thanks to Stephen Calcutt for designing the flyer for the event!