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Feminism and the Body in Performance: Current Practices

June 7, 2015


Feminism and the Body in Performance: Current Practices


2 Day Symposium

Performances: Sunday 7th of June

Presentation Papers: Saturday 13th of June

MART Gallery and Studios


Keynote speaker: Dr.Tina Kinsella

The symposium, Feminism and the Body in Performance: Current Practices aims to bring together theorists and practitioners concerned with issues of the language, politics and practices around women lives and bodies. The event, comprised of papers and performances will provide a forum to frame current issues of concern for feminist practices, arising from performance art practice. It will address questions such as: what issues are the urgent issues facing women in Ireland and internationally today? What forms of disruption, agitation and resistance can be deployed to raise awareness and elicit change?

Through critical debate and dialogue, it will present such issues in the context of international practices and debates and consider how they might be articulated, resisted and contested through live art and performance in Ireland today.

 Symposium Themes

Paper and Performances will address current feminist concerns on some of the following topics relating to Irish and International contexts:

  • Essentialism, performativity, embodiment: debates around the production of femininities and the body
  • Gender norms, stereotypes and identities; strategies of dissent and subversion
  • Dangerous femininities: decorum, censorship, transgression and the obscene body
  • Feminist concerns arising from technology, data, social media and popular cultures
  • Performing private / public bodies
  • The in/visibility of women’s experiences; performance as a strategy of making visible, consciousness raising
  • Women’s contemporary roles: what/has anything changed? What are the issues and challenges facing women in everyday life today?
  • Women’s traditional reproductive role: the maternal, child-care, employment and the division of labour; the persistent feminization of the domestic, emotional and social
  • Law, the judicial system and the female body: abortion, rape, reproduction, sexuality and other inequalities
  • Patriarchy, religion, power and institutional structures: feminist strategies of critique
  • Persistent ideological and organisational sex and gender-based inequalities, exclusions, and discriminations
  • Feminist communities and organisation; the forms and relevance of activism today

Please see Call for Submissions 



Organising Chair: Dr. Katherine Nolan

Education and Performance Curator

MART, Visual Arts Organisation

E-mails questions to katheirne@mart.ie





June 7, 2015




190a Rathmines Road Lower
Dublin, Ireland
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