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2020 Feminist Art History Conference

September 25-27 2020
Katzen Arts Center, American University

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Katzen Arts Center, Room 101

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

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Seventh Feminist Art History Conference

Keynote: Kellie Jones

Kellie Jones is a Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University

Call for Papers

Proposals due by December 1, 2019

The Feminist Art History Conference was established in 2010 to celebrate and build on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy originated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University in Washington, DC. In September 2020 this international conference will convene for the seventh time. The core principles of a feminist art history have long included the goals of reclaiming the place of women artists and patrons within the history of art and visual culture, and of describing and elaborating how gendered ideologies have framed the structure of both artistic practice and the writing of art history over the centuries. In recent years feminist art history has also become increasingly intersectional and interdisciplinary, dialoguing with race, class, geography, and environmental and architectural issues, to name but a few.

In the spirit of bringing together the diverse strands of thought and practice that feminist art history now embraces, this conference will feature papers spanning a wide range of chronological, geographic, intersectional, and interdisciplinary topics. These may include (but are not limited to) artists, movements, and works of art and architecture; cultural institutions and critical discourses; practices of collecting, patronage, and display; the gendering of objects, spaces, and media; the reception of images; and issues of power, agency, gender, and sexuality within visual and material cultures. At this year’s conference, underrepresented art-historical periods (ancient, medieval, Renaissance), cultures and traditions beyond the Western world,, and issues of race and ethnicity are especially encouraged. We welcome submissions from established and emerging scholars of art history as well as advanced graduate students.

To be considered for participation, please provide a single document in Microsoft Word. It should consist of a one-page, single-spaced proposal of unpublished work up to 500 words for a 20-minute presentation, followed by a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages. Please name the document “[last name]-proposal” and submit with the subject line “[last name]-proposal” to

Invitations to participate will be sent by February 1, 2020.


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    Chevy Chase, MD 20815
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton
    Washington DC, Chevy Chase Pavilion
    4300 Military Road, NW
    Washington, DC 20015
  • Washington Marriott Wardman Park
    2660 Woodley Road, NW
    Washington, DC 20008
  • Days Inn
    4400 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20008
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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).

New Paperback by Broude & Garrard

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