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Mapping the Maternal: Art, Ethics, and the Anthropocene


  • Arts Based Research Studio 4–104 Education North, University of Alberta Edmonton Canada (map)

Organized by Natalie S. Loveless & Sheena Wilson

May 11 — May 14, 2016 | Arts Based Research Studio
University of Alberta, Edmonton

Full event details can be found on the New Maternalisms website. 

The maternal is a “hot-button” issue in contemporary feminist art and theory, as evidenced by numerous recent conferences, exhibitions, and publications. Mapping the Maternal: Art, Ethics, and the Anthropocene steps into this potent arena of feminist discourse to ask what a maternal ethics might offer new thinking in the arts and humanities in the face of what has been, of late, referred to as the ‘Anthropocene’ — a term proposed by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2010 to name the geologic impact of humans on the planet.

The 3 days of the colloquium will be organized around events and curated conversations bringing together an interdisciplinary and international roster of voices (artistic and academic) on feminist art and the maternal, including one of the most prominent figures in the field of feminist art, history, and theory as our keynote speaker, Griselda Pollock.