LUNCHTIME LECTURE: MAKING YOURSELF AT HOME IN THE WORLD: FEMINISM, CITIZENSHIP AND THE ARTS presented by Marsha Meskimmon

Marsha-Meskimmon
  • 19/08/15
  • Time: 13:00 – 14:00
  • Venue: Commerce Lecture Theatre, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Contact: Fabian Saptouw on 021 487 160

This presentation considers the dynamic relationship between three terms - feminism, citizenship and art - arguing that the arts provide an important creative space for the construction of many different forms of belonging in a global world. These forms of belonging do not assume that everyone is the same, but rather understand that ‘making yourself at home’ is about building relationships with other
subjects and objects through attention, care, and generosity. In the end, this paper will suggest that we might more productively think of ourselves as ‘becoming-denizens’ than ‘being citizens’.

Bio: Marsha Meskimmon is Professor of Art History and Theory at Loughborough University (UK). Meskimmon’s research focuses on transnational contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on women’s practice, feminist corporeal materialisms, and the politics of home in a global world. Her publications include: The Art of Reflection: Women Artists’ Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century (1996), We Weren’t Modern Enough: Women Artists and the Limits of German Modernism (1999), Women Making Art: History, Subjectivity, Aesthetics (2003) andContemporary Art and the Cosmopolitan Imagination (2010). Women, the Arts and Globalisation: Eccentric Experience (co-edited with Dorothy Rowe), was published in 2013 and with Phil Sawdon, she has just completed the book Drawing Difference: Connections between Gender and Drawing (since the 1960s). With Amelia Jones, she edits the series Rethinking Art’s Histories for Manchester University Press.