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Feminist Art History ConferenceAmerican University, Washington, DC

In-Person & Zoom Hybrid | 29 September – 1 October, 2023

Keynote Speakers

  • Nikki A. Greene, Associate Professor, Wellesley College
  • Sherry Lindquist, Professor, Western Illinois University

Call for ProposalsDue by 1 December, 2022

We invite established and emerging scholars of art history as well as advanced graduate students to submit proposals for the eighth iteration of the Feminist Art History Conference.

In the spirit of feminist practice, this is an open call for papers that may address any time period (ancient to contemporary), region, and issue relevant to the ways in which gendered ideologies have shaped the visual arts and their study.

We especially welcome submissions that are inclusive, intersectional, and/or interdisciplinary in topic or approach.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) artists, movements, works of art and architecture; cultural institutions and critical discourses; practices of collecting, patronage, and display; the historiography of feminist art history; the gendering of objects, spaces, and media; the reception of images; and issues of power, agency, gender, and sexuality within visual and material cultures.

Following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in summer 2022, amidst the threats against LGBTQ+ lives, marriages, and families, and the continued infringement on related rights around the world, we hope the conference can provide a place to address how and why art and culture have historically served as a site of agency and resistance.

To be considered for participation, please provide (with both parts in a single Word document)

  • a single-spaced proposal of up to 500 words for a 20-minute presentation of unpublished work
  • followed by a CV 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 in February 2023.

Hybrid Conference Format

The conference will assume a hybrid format. Most panels will be online, with select events–including the keynotes–taking place in person in Washington, DC.

Two conference attendees

2023 Organizing Committee

Joanne Allen, Juliet Bellow, Norma Broude, Kim Butler Wingfield, Nika Elder, Mary D. Garrard, Tiffany Hunt, Andrea Pearson, Ying-chen Peng, and Andrew Wasserman.

Sponsored by the Art History Program in the Art Department, College of Arts and Sciences, at American University, with the generous support of Robin D’Alessandro and Dr. Jane Fortune.

Conference discussion.

Conference Background

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  Dorothy Ko, Barnard/Columbia (2021); Amelia Jones, USC (2018); 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).