Undergraduate Course: Feminism is for Everybody: Intersectionality, Art & Identity Politics (ARTX10057)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will introduce you to feminist critical input into the field of visual culture and the different ways in which visual culture and contemporary art practice can be approached from diversified intersectional feminist perspectives.
Intersectionality is a framework designed to explore the dynamic between co-existing identities (e.g. gender identity) and connected systems of oppression (e.g. patriarchy, white supremacy). The term was created by Kimberlé Crenshaw.
This course considers feminist discourse of the 1960s up to contemporary cyborg, trans and queer languages of emancipation. You will look at the foundations and legacy of art made under the influence of feminism. The content will mainly consider theoretical debates on gender, the body, ethnicity, class and sexuality as they inform art practice, exhibitions and theory from the 1960s to today. Each week will focus on exploring a specific theme through key readings and cultural artefacts.
Reimagines the emancipatory potential of feminism.
Explores how issues of race, class, nationality and sexuality, enter into debates about feminism.
Discusses the pluralising and decentring of the category of gender and situating it in multi-dimensional relations vis-à-vis race, ethnicity, nation, class, age, etc.
Considers the importance of intersecting categories for the examination of how they are used to construct social hierarchies and, consequently, how they lead to exclusion or marginalization.
Outlines the strategies that artists and theorist propose and deploy to resist and dismantle patriarchal and racist ideologies. This is a lecture- based course, with accompanying student led seminars. Each lecture will be for one hour with a one hour seminar scheduled afterwards.
Themes pertinent to visual culture and contemporary art will be explored through the frame of intersectional feminist discourse, these themes include: Xenofeminism; Postfeminism, Aftrofuturism; Queer and Trans visual cultures.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Present evidence of a high level of independent, scholarly research via group seminars and your written submission.
- Critically analyse a range of textual and non-textual discourses concerning intersectional feminism, through creative and original responses to new problems and issues with regards to visual culture.
- Synthesise research and responses to intersectional feminism in visual culture and contemporary art practice.
|Ahmed, Sara. (2006) Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others. USA: Duke University Press Books Braidotti, Rosi. (2013) The Posthuman. UK: Polity|
Haraway, Donna. (2016) Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press
Hester, Helen. (2018) Xenofeminism. UK: Polity Press
hooks, bell. (2000) Feminism is for Everyone. UK: Pluto Press
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||CHARACTERISTIC 1: KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING :
Demonstrating a critical, detailed and knowledge and understanding of intersectional theories and their relationship to contemporary art practice.
CHARACTERISTIC 2: PRACTICE: APPLIED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND UNDERSTANDING
Knowledge and understanding that is generated through research that makes a signi¿cant contribution to the development of the students Visual Culture and studio based work.
CHARACTERISTIC 3: GENERIC COGNITIVE SKILLS
The ability to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in intersectional theory and practice to contemporary art practice.
|Course organiser||Dr Deborah Jackson
|Course secretary||Dr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735