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Collage and Its Cognates as Feminist Methodology

The history of modernist collage is a varied one. Futurism, influenced by Cubist techniques, turned to collage as a method for subverting traditional, representational artwork; Dada’s absurd arrangements of advertising images and print offered a scathing critique of capitalism; Surrealism’s bizarre juxtapositions sought to empower and stimulate the subconscious. The politics and motivations undergirding these, and other movements that employing collage and its related art forms, differ greatly and yet they share an attention to the power of the ephemeral, the quotidian, and the overlooked, drawing both implicitly and explicitly from the Baudelaire’s trope of poet/artist as ragpicker, as a person who must sift through the trash of modernity in order to find beauty and meaning.

As subjects of collage, women figure prominently but as practitioners, but they are less commonly recognized despite the unexpected overlap between the organizing ideas of collage—its focus on the materials of “low” or pop culture, its attention to everydayness—and the modes of various feminist interventions. As such, this panel invites papers that investigate collage and its cognates—broadly interpreted—as feminist practice. Does collage provide an unexpectedly hospitable method for feminist aesthetic interventions? Is there a sense of affinity between the woman artist and the “feminized,” (to borrow from Huyssen) artifacts of mass culture? How does the interplay between visual and textual collage energize the feminist interventions of women’s writing? Does collage animate the artist/ragpicker metaphor in ways that are particularly salient for women artists?

Please send 200 word abstracts and a short bio to algreen@msu.edu by January 9.


Conference Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Starts: August 10, 2017
Conference Ends: August 13, 2017

CFP Submission Deadline: January 09, 2017

For more information, contact: Anna Green

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