Aesthetics and the Feminine Conference



Friday 17th –Saturday 18th July 2015
The O’Rahilly Building
University College Cork


Friday 17th July
12:00 – 12:50 – Registration
12:55 – 13:00 – Welcome and Introduction
13:00 – 14:30 – Parallel Sessions
Feminine Myths (in ORB 132)
Chair: Jason Dockstader (UCC)
Gender, Justice and the Limits of Forgiveness: Reflecting on Rizpah within the Cycle of Revenge
Claire Katz (Texas A&M University)
The Modern Pandora: Idealism and Sexual Difference in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus
Daniel Conway (Texas A&M University)
Knowing to Maintain the Female: Locating the Feminine in the Daodejing and the Will to Power
Ruud Thomas Burke (University College Cork)
(Not-)Playing the Gender-Game (in ORB 156)
Chair: Yu Lan (UCC)
The Femme Fatale meets Wittgenstein: Subversive Sexuality or Heteropatriarchal Ideology
Sophia Pavlos (Michigan State University)
Fantastical Female Forte: Approaches to the Construction of the Female Utopia in Young Adult Fantasy Fiction
Wendy Mariel Bustamante (Texas A&M University)
Video Art and Feminine Subjectivity: reviewing critical feminist art practices through Luce Irigaray’s philosophies of ‘touch’ in the visual field
Elspeth Mitchell (University of Leeds)
14:30 – 15:00 – Coffee break
15:00 – 16:300 – Parallel Sessions
Art, Morality, Reality (in ORB 132)
Chairs: Sarah Otten (Carlow College) & Raymond Davidson (UCC)
 Labial Art-Politics: A Feminist Artistic Theory-Practice of Resistance
Hollie MacKenzie (University of Kent)
Anti-Realist Aesthetic Judgement of Moral Judgment
Jason Dockstader (University College Cork)
Political Dissent in the 21st Century: Annette Messager’s Installation Art
Diana Tietjens Meyers (University of Connecticut)
Society’s Mirror: Reflections of the Feminine in Social Consciousness (in ORB 156)
Chair: Antoinette Mason (UCC)
Women as Constellation in Walter Benjamin’s Aesthetics
Carla Milani Damião (Federal University of Goiás & University of Amsterdam)
Making Space, Resisting Space. Architecture and Feminism
Rebecka Molin (Uppsala University)
From Muse to Femme Fatale: an analysis of the changes in the depiction of femininity in art based on the example of the works of Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
Dominika Czakon & Natalia Anna Michna (Jagiellonian University)
16:30 – 16:45 – Small break
16: 45 – 17:45 – Keynote Address (in ORB 132)
Art at the Threshold of Life and Theory
EL Putnam (Dublin Institute of Technology & Mobius Alternative Artists Group)
Chair: Mary Edwards (UCC)
19:30 – 21:00 – Conference Dinner
Saturday 18th July
10:00 – 11:00 – Parallel Sessions
Feminine Possibilities (in ORB 132)
Chair: Johanne Herlihy (UCC)
Feminine Aesthetics and Indian Chick Lit: Possibilities and Challenges
Charmaine Carvalho (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Towards Aesthetics of Feminine Malice?: Visual Proposals from Female Pop Artists
Laura Triviño Cabrera (University of Malaga)
Girls on Film (in ORB 156)
Chair: Raymond Davidson (UCC)
Representing Motherhood in Indian Cinema
Jyoti Atwal (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
The Image of Woman in the work of Guy Debord
John Thompson (University College Cork)
11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 – Parallel Sessions
Over-exposure I (in ORB 132)
Chair: Katherine Nolan (MART Visual Arts Organisation)
Make-up Sex?: the Fictional character of Pornography
Daisy Dixon (University of Cambridge) and James Kirkpatrick (University of Oxford)
Methods of Subverting Femininities Online through Feminist Art Practices
Laura O’Connor (Ulster University)
Symbolism and the Feminine (in ORB 156)
Chair: Mary Edwards (UCC)
Channelling the Feminine
Barbara Jenkins (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
Representations of the Theban Sphinx: From the monstrous, ‘feminine’ uncanny to advocate for equity, justice and the verbal resolution of conflict
Jane Connell (University of Melbourne)
12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 – Keynote Address (in ORB 132)
Literature and Moral Education: On Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Áine Mahon (University College Dublin & Marino Institute of Education)
Chair: Cara Nine (UCC)
14:15 – 15:15 – Parallel Sessions
Over-Exposure II (in ORB 132)
Chair: EL Putnam (DIT)
Owning the image: Overexposure in the Performance work of Ann Liv Young
Sarah Manya (Concordia University)
The Camera and the Selfie: Narcissism, Self-regulation and Feminist Art Practice
Katherine Nolan (MART Visual Arts Organisation)
Feminine Embodiment (in ORB 156)
Chair: Helen Farrell (CIT & CCAD)
The Disabled Venus: Representations of the Venus de Milo
Laura Jiménez Izquierdo (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia)
Milking the Blood: The Feminine ‘Subject’ in Menstrual Art / Philosophical Discourse
Fumina Hamasaki (Lancaster University)
15:15 – 15:45 – Coffee break
15:45 – 16:45 – Keynote Address (in ORB 132)
Reality in Fiction
Stacie Friend (Birkbeck College)
Chair: Áine Mahon(UCD & MIE)
17:00 – 18:00 – Wine Reception @ 2020 Gallery
21:00 – Conference Close
Deadline for registration for Aesthetics and the Feminine Conference is Friday, 10th of July.


Registration for this event is free and online at the event brite page.


Aesthetics and the Feminine is supported by: The Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland; The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; University College Cork Philosophy Department; University College Cork Politics Department; and 2020 Fine Art Gallery, Cork.



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