CfP: "Where are our women artists?: Linda Nochlin’s Question in the Age of Feminist Visual Culture" Graduate Student Conference (Rice University, Houston, TX)

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Call for Papers
December 16, 2022
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Humanities, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Rice University History of Art Department & Center for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Graduate Student Conference 

2023 Call for Papers: “Where are our women artists?: Linda Nochlin’s Question in the Age of Feminist Visual Culture”

Keynote Speaker: Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University

Symposium Date: April 14-15, 2023

Location: Rice University, Houston, TX

CFP Deadline: December 16, 2022

Published in the January 1971 special issue of ARTnews, Linda Nochlin’s essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” opened the way for a feminist methodology into the discipline of art history. Following up on Nochlin’s question 51 years later, this conference seeks to generate conversations on feminist methodologies and interrogate feminist art history anew to consider the resonance of Nochlin’s question and career today. We encourage submissions which expand upon and revisit Linda Nochlin’s essay now in relation to queer and BIPOC artists, across feminist and art historical methodologies, embracing both historical and contemporary practices. As such, we welcome submissions working with visual and material culture across all time periods, regions, cultures, and mediums, as well as those approaching from a women, gender, and sexuality theory, method, and/or praxis.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Women/Queer/BIPOC artists/writers/makers/thinkers/collectors
  • Material feminisms & art
  • Transnational feminism & art
  • Intersectional feminism
  • LGBTQIA+ art
  • Visual & material culture studies
  • Feminist/Queer film theory
  • Feminist/Queer/Trans activist art (i.e. posters, prints, magazines, periodicals)
  • Intimacy & space (i.e. maps as visual and material objects)
  • Spaces & gender
  • Queer spaces
  • Performance studies
  • Trans-generational memory
  • Maternal studies/reproduction (rights)
  • The archive, visual archives, & archival silences
  • Histories of the body
  • Canons, canon-making, and/or deconstructing the (art) canon
  • Feminism & Museum practices (i.e. collecting, exhibiting)
  • Feminist art history in the Academy
  • Feminist art historians & their legacies

Interested graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words along with a 2-page maximum CV or resume in a single PDF document to by December 16, 2022. Scholars at all stages in their graduate career are welcome to apply. Accepted participants will be notified by late January.

Contact Info: 

Graduate Student Conference Organizers:

Lauren Lovings-Gomez, PhD Student, History of Art Department, Rice University

James McCabe, PhD Candidate, History of Art Department, Rice University