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Seventh Feminist Art History Conference

September 24-26 2021

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Fax: 202-885-1132

Katzen Arts Center, Room 101 on a map

Art 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8004 United States

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Message from the Conference Chair

Dear FAHC community,

We are pleased to announce that the 7th Feminist Art History Conference will be held during September 24-26, 2021. This unique period requires creativity to create a virtual conference that does not discount in-person communication, and we strive to achieve this goal. We will post the conference program in April, and the registration will be open in July. All registered conferees will have access to the recorded presentations before the conference week and participate in the conference's live activities.

To address our feminist commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we are very excited about the participation of our keynote speaker Professor Dorothy Y. Ko, the leading scholar in Chinese gender studies and material culture.  

Please contact the conference chair, Ying-chen Peng (, should you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you this fall in Washington, DC!

Thank you!

Ying-chen Peng,
Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art
Chair of the 7th Feminist Art History Conference

Seventh Feminist Art History Conference 2018 Fall

Keynote: Dorothy Y. Ko

Dorothy Y. Ko is a Professor of Chinese History, Chair of Department of History at Barnard College of Columbia University.

Conference discussion.

Conference Background

Thanks to a generous endowment, the Feminist Art History Conference at American University will resume on a biennial basis starting in the fall of 2018.

The conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University. With the goal of fostering a broad dialogue on feminist art-historical practice, the event will feature papers spanning a range of chronological, geographic, and intersectional topics.

Previous keynote speakers include Lisa Gail Collins, Vassar College (2014); Patricia Simons, University of Michigan (2013); Whitney Chadwick, San Francisco State University (2012); Mary Sheriff, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2011); and Anna Chave, Queens College and the Graduate School, CUNY (2010).

Broude & Garrard Paperback

Introducing Feminist Art History, now available in paperback as well as e-book format, brings together the landmark introductory essays and prefaces written by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard for their five co-edited volumes on feminism and art history (1982-2005). With a new preface (2014).

Two conference attendees

Lead Sponsors

Robin D’Alessandro and Dr. Jane Fortune

Our sincere appreciation to Ms. D’Alessandro and Dr. Fortune for securing the future of the Feminist Art History Conference through their generous support.


Joanne Allen, Jordan Amirkhani, Juliet Bellow, Norma Broude, Kim Butler Wingfield, Nika Elder, Mary D. Garrard, Andrea Pearson, Ying-chen Peng and Anne Nellis Richter (coordinator)

American University’s Art History Program and the Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences are honored to host the Feminist Art History Conference and welcome participants to the Katzen Arts Center on AU’s campus.

Conference Testimonials

"Thank you for staging such an interesting and important conference that keeps feminism visible in our field and gives us a chance to share ideas across continents and generations."
- Sherry C.M. Lindquist

"What defines a memorable experience for a scholarly conference is superb organization, exemplary scholarship, and genuine collegiality. We look forward to continuing our conversations with this community of feminist scholars."
- Amy K. Hamlin & Karen J. Leader