TRANSGRESSIVE TEACHING: FEMINISM IN THE ART + ART HISTORY CLASS

An initiative of Sydney College of the Arts Contemporary Art + Feminism research cluster, Transgressive Teaching is a free workshop with leading feminist scholars and artists exploring how to teach feminism and how to teach in a feminist way

SATURDAY 29 MARCH 2014
10am - 6:30pm
Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
Park Drive, Lilyfield NSW (enter opposite Cecily Street)

PROGRAM

9.30 Tea and coffee

10 - 10.15
Welcome: Jacqueline Millner, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
Introduction to the event’s video program: Laura Castignini, curator and MA candidate, University of Melbourne

SESSION 1 - THE PAST NOW: FEMINIST HISTORIES AND THE CONTEMPORARY CURRICULUM

10.15 - 12.30
Chair:
Catriona Moore, Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney

Panel 1: Feminism and Art courses then and now
How did we teach feminism in the 1970s/80s and how can we approach it today? How do curriculum omissions play out in contemporary art practice and discourses?

Diana Smith, artist and PhD candidate COFA, UNSW
Helen Grace, Adjunct Professor, SCA and Dept. Gender Studies, University of Sydney
Margaret Morgan, artist, Los Angeles

Panel 2: Gender equality checklist for arts educators
What are the statistics on gender in the art world? How can we foreground these realities in curriculum and teaching methods to inform and mobilise both educators and students?

Elvis Richardson, artist and educator, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
Clare Milledge, artist and educator, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney

Panel 3: DAAO (Design and Art Australia Online) presentation and workshop
What strategies can we use to address the continuing gender bias in contemporary art and art history curricula? The DAAO is a direct outcome of the work by feminist historian and curator Joan Kerr who created the Dictionary of Australian Artists (1992). You will learn how to post and edit entries about eminent female artists on both DAAO and Wikipedia.

Olivia Bolton, DAAO Content and Community Development Manager
Gillian Fuller, DAAO research director

12.30 - 1.30 - LUNCH PROVIDED
SESSION 2 - TRAILBLAZING ACROSS DISCIPLINES: RECLAIMING FEMINISM’S PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATIONS

1.30 - 2.30
Chair:
Jacqueline Millner, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

Panel 1: Interdisciplinarity in action: Matters of the Body (MOB) Research Cluster, Victorian College of the Arts
How does teaching across disciplines enact and extend feminist thinking and practice? MOB provides one model: it brings together a range of disciplinary perspectives, promotes the intersections between feminist art and queer theory, and looks to connect the educational institution with multiple audiences.

Caroline Phillips, PhD candidate, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
Alyson Campbell, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Panel 2: Writing/teaching/feminism
What constitutes feminist writing pedagogies, and how can we apply these in the art and art history class?

Elizabeth Day, artist and researcher
Anna Gibbs, School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney

2.30 - 3.00 AFTERNOON TEA
SESSION 3 - BREAKING RESISTANCE/TEACHING TO TRANSGRESS: FEMINIST PEDAGOGIES IN ACTION

3.00 - 5.00
Chair:
Jacqueline Millner, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

Panel discussion on feminist/performative approaches to teaching
What are the intersections between performance and teaching, and how can we use these to spread and deepen understandings of feminist theory and practice in creative arts education?

Clare Grant, Theatre and Performance Studies, UNSW
Mark Shorter, artist and educator
Bec Dean, curator and PhD candidate, UNSW

Workshop: Karaoke Queens
A radical experiment in feminist teaching practice, this workshop engages participants in embodied, collaborative and improvised creative work, using a shared love of popular culture as a prompt.

Margaret Mayhew, RMIT and La Trobe University, Melbourne
Jane Polkinghorne, PhD candidate, SCA, University of Sydney

5.00 - 5.30 Wrap up and discussion
Moderators: Jo Holder, Jacqueline Millner, Catriona Moore

CLOSING DRINKS AND BOOK LAUNCH

Helen Grace, Culture, Aesthetics and Affect in Ubiquitous Media: the prosaic image, Routledge, 2013

Launched by Margaret Morgan.