CFP: Feminism and the Museum

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Feminism and the Museum Symposium
An Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association mini-conference
Date: 8.45am – 5pm, Saturday, 2 November 2013
Venue: The National Library of Australia, Canberra
Keynote Speaker: Kirsten Wehner, Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia
Featuring: Suzanne Bellamy, "The Lost Culture of Women's Liberation, 1969-1974" exhibition/performance

The role of museums and objects in fostering social memory is widely recognized, however, the presence of second wave feminism in museums is limited. This symposium wishes to address the way in which second wave feminism is, or can be, collected and displayed in museums, and the role of material culture in memorializing feminism. We invite papers from researchers and museum workers that address the intersection of second wave feminism and the museum, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

· What is a feminist object?
· What makes a feminist museum exhibition and collection?
· Women's museums internationally
· The New Museology and feminist theory and practice
· Private collections into public archives
· Curating feminist objects, training feminist curators
· Feminist collections and the virtual museum

Presentations are 20 minutes in length.
Please forward a 200-300 word abstract and contact details to: by 30 September. Successful proposals will be acknowledged by 10 October.
Registration: $60 wages, $40 concessional
Symposium Convenors: Alison Bartlett, The University of Western Australia; Margaret Henderson, The University of Queensland