Violence Against Women: Representations, Interpretations, Explorations/Education
 

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Exhibition and Conference- November 8th & 9th, 2018

Conference: November 9th
Exhibition: November 8th-December 10th, 2018.
Exhibition Opening and panel discussion with artists: November 8th, 2018 at the Lunder Art Center, Lesley University.

Call for Abstracts for the Conference: November 9th, 2018

The representation of suffering is gender biased. Cultural representations of violence against women are mystified, eroticized and depicted as heroic, camouflaging and trivializing the act of violence as a norm in society. Women must bear suffering with beauty and grace, and the shock of violence is made invisible. Violence Against Women: Representations, Interpretations, Explorations/Education, an exhibition and conference, brings this critical discussion to the forefront. Acts of violence against women are gaining more attention in the media because women are finding the courage to speak up against their perpetrators. There is an urgent need to support these voices by educating our communities and acting in the face of the numbness that comes from media saturation and the unwillingness of those in power to act.

The Violence Against Women: Representations, Interpretations, Explorations/Education conference invites abstracts from artists, scholars, teachers, and activists. Submissions include papers, workshops, visual, and mixed-media presentations with a goal to bring a collective and interdisciplinary reflection and action to this global epidemic.

We are seeking conference proposals which will:

  1. Explore representations of violence against women
  2. Examine the historical and contemporary interpretations and discourses of violence against women
  3. Enhance, educate, and engage in collaborative action to address issues relating to violence against women
The Violence Against Women: Representations, Interpretations, Explorations/Education exhibition will feature work by selected artists who challenge traditional representations of violence against women. These artists denounce the canonical values imposed by society, such as the ideals of masculinity and femininity and the interpretations of these relationships based on power.

The deadline to submit abstracts is February 12th, 2018. To submit your abstract, please click here. Authors are invited to submit an abstract of no longer than 500 words.