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Call for Chapter Proposals: Feminist Critique and the Museum: Educating for a Critical Consciousness
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3/15/2019 to 4/30/2019
When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Where: United States

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Call for Chapter Proposals
Working Title: Feminist Critique and the Museum: Educating for a Critical Consciousness
Kathy Sanford, Darlene Clover, Nancy Taber, Sarah Williamson (Editors)

You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for consideration in an upcoming peer-reviewed collection
that explores how feminist scholars are understanding the pedagogical potential and challenge of
museums and engaging pedagogically with museums and their exhibitions. Thousands of museums and
art galleries worldwide continually draw diverse audiences to view the exhibitions and artifacts housed
within them. Museums and galleries are widely recognized as reliable authorities that name and
visualise the world as it was represented in the past, the present, and often how it should be in the
future, in part because these institutions have socialized the visitor to believe that what is represented is
objective, factual, and neutral (Phillips, 2011). However, the authority and neutrality associated with
museums/galleries serves to mask ways in which society is represented in museums, values about
society as presented through exhibitions, and what is missing from exhibitions. What museums show
and tell act as orders of power to maintain the status quo of ideologies of privilege. “For feminist
cultural theorists the ‘order of power’ most entrenched in museums is patriarchy, which acts as both a
practice of representation and a practice hidden through representation. Using hierarchical binary
oppositions operationalised through an obfuscated ‘masculine gaze’, particular understandings of men
and masculinity and women and femininity are constructed, explained and normalized” (Clover, Taber
& Sanford, 2018, p. 12).

This edited volume will focus on ways in which feminist researchers, scholars, adult and museum
educators take up and challenge normative museum practices, exhibitions, and decisions.


Some of the ways in which these issues can be considered include:
- A critical feminist exploration/analysis of museum/gallery exhibitions, including visuality,
scriptovisuality, curatorial statements (language), theme/topic, contents (e.g.., nudity, maledominated
presence, positioning…)
- Pedagogical analyses of women’s and/or feminist exhibitions
- Women’s museums – analysis, intent/purpose, visitors, active engagement
- Ways in which museums and exhibitions can be taken up in an embodied engaged way
- Ways in which the museum/gallery educates about women and gender
- New methodologies for working with/in museums and art galleries, including creative
approaches to analysis and representation
- Creation of feminist exhibitions
- Impacts of feminism on museums

Submission Process:
Please submit a 350-500 words synopsis/proposal of your chapter by April 30, 2019 to Kathy at
ksanford@uvic.ca. You will be informed if your proposal is accepted by May 31, 2019. You will
be required to submit an electronic copy of your full chapter (approximately 5000 words) to
Kathy at ksanford@uvic.ca by September 15, 2019. You will be notified of paper status by mid-
October, 2019.

References
Clover, D., Taber, N., Sanford, K. (2018). Dripping pink and blue: Seeing the unseen of patriarchy
through the Feminist Museum Hack. Andragoška spoznanja, 24(3), 11-28.
Phillips, R.B. (2011). Museum pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian museums. Montreal:
McGill/Queens University Press.

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