CFP Feminist Art Histories and Temporalities in the Middle East and North Africa

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College Art Association (CAA), Annual Conference 2017, New York, NY, February 15 - 18, 2017

Call for Papers for the following session:

Feminist Temporalities and Art Histories in the Middle East and North Africa
Chair: Ceren Ozpinar, University of Sussex (

This session seeks to explore feminist art histories and temporalities in the Middle East and North Africa. Despite the global interrogation 
of patriarchal discourses in art since the late 1960s, feminist art history has not yet fully acknowledged the geographical and the temporal spaces outside the EuroAmerican map. Feminist art history, which can be called ‘imperial’, or ‘normative’ as Meskimmon argues (2007), either in the form of an exhibition narrative or a scholarly book, tends to present a linear global narrative, which leaves out everything that does not fit into its temporal trajectory or the idea of progress. Feminist art in the Middle East and North Africa has been one of the least addressed practices in imperial feminist art history. A few exceptions, including diaspora artists Nil Yalter and Shirin Neshat have been featured, though only to turn them into stereotypical representatives of feminist art outside Euro-America. While the very existence of these feminist art histories intervenes in the progressive narratives of the imperial feminist art history, they also have an impact upon both art historical temporality and feminism(s) at large. We welcome papers that discuss modern and contemporary visual art from the Middle East and North Africa, which investigate notions of sexuality and gender, while they interrupt patriarchal narratives, or present diverse understandings of feminism. By doing so, this session aims to encourage new writing and reading strategies that displace both the canon of imperial feminist art history and vernacular art histories that do not usually accommodate feminist art.

Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent directly to the session chair.
Deadline: 30th August 2016

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