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Prof Katy Deepwell Inaugural Lecture
Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 5.30 pm Room C211, College Building Hendon campus

Inaugural Lecture: Katy Deepwell

Feminist Problematic(s) in Contemporary Art

Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 5.30 pm - Room C211, College Building

Using the term “problematic” as a shorthand for the complex issues and questions regarding feminism in relation to the making, writing and exhibition of contemporary art, this lecture will explore the paradoxes within this framework and outline my approach. Following several lines of enquiry from my writing, reframed loosely around Nancy Fraser’s scheme of (mal)distribution, (mis)recognition and the political in claims for social justice, but with “only paradoxes to offer” (following Joan Wallach Scott and the title of n.paradoxa), I will explore how these questions from feminist political theory relate to feminist art practices in contemporary art and to my current thinking about feminist aesthetics and politics in global contemporary art worlds.


Katy Deepwell is the founder and editor of n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, which has been published for the last seventeen years. Her books include: Women Artists Between the Wars: ‘A Fair Field and No Favour’ (Manchester University Press, 2010) - a major study of women artists living and working in Britain, 1918-1945 and Dialogues: Women Artists from Ireland (IB Tauris, 2005). She (co-edited with Mila Bredikhina) The Gender, Theory and Art Anthology: 1970-2000 (Moscow: Rosspen Publishing House, 2005); edited Women Artists and Modernism (Manchester University Press, June, 1998); Art Criticism and Africa (Saffron Books, July 1997) and New Feminist Art Criticism: Critical Strategies (Manchester University Press, 1995). She has also contributed to many exhibition catalogues, other books, and art journals since 1985, when her first review was published in Artscribe. Her most recent essays are published in: Helena Reckitt (ed) Sanja Ivekovic: Unknown Heroine - A Reader (London: Calvert 22 Foundation, 2013); Mia Sundberg (ed) Beatrice Cussol: Rude Girls (Stockholm: Art and Theory/SpritMuseum, 2013); N. Kamenetskaya, O. Turkina, M. Loshak (eds.) Celebrating International Women’s Day (8 March): Feminism: from avant-garde to present day (Moscow: Manezh Museum and The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Museum in Moscow, March-May 2013); X.Arakistain and L. Mendes (eds) Artistic Production and the Feminist Theory of Art: New Debates 3 (Vitoria-Gasteiz: Centro Cultural Montehermoso, 2011) and Anne Ring Petersen et al (eds.) Contemporary Painting in Context (University of Copenhagen, Novo Nordisk Foundation/ Museum Tusculaneum Press, 2009).   

Room C211, College Building
Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, London, NW4 4BT
Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 5.30 pm
Preceded by tea at 5.00 pm and followed by a buffet and drinks reception on the 2nd Floor Mezzanine, College Building
RSVP via email to A&DSLO@mdx.ac.uk by Friday 07 March 2014