CFP: Visualising and Materialising Colonial Spaces: Female Responses to Empire

An exciting call for papers for your interest:

Saturday 11 January 2014, University of Warwick

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for Visualising and Materialising Colonial Spaces: Female Responses to Empire, a conference organized by Dr. Rosie Dias (Art History, University of Warwick) and Dr. Kate Smith (History, University College London) and funded by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Confirmed keynote speakers include David Arnold, Emeritus Professor, Department of History, University of Warwick and Caroline Jordan, Honorary Associate in the Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University Melbourne.   

In recent years scholars working in the field of British art history have increasingly broadened their approach to include transnational and imperial topics. Despite such interest, however, little attention has been paid to the gendered nature of such artistic productions. The majority of research on Anglo-Indian visual culture for example, has focused upon work created by men and as yet little research has considered the role of women in the creation and dissemination of visual and material culture. Visualising and Materialising Colonial Spaces: Female Responses to Empire demonstrates the significance of women’s cultural productions upon ideas of empire at home and abroad by examining the rich visual and archival sources created by British women in imperial spaces. It examines the paintings, sketches, writings, collections, and objects that women created to capture and record their experiences of empire. In doing so it questions the role women played in constructing particular understandings of and narratives about imperial experiences in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical note to visualisingcolonialspaces@gmail.com by 31 October 2013.

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