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Prudence Heward, At the Theatre, 1928.
Prudence Heward, At the Theatre, 1928.

Canadian Women Artists History Initiative 2nd Conference

May 3rd - 5th, 2012, Department of Art History, Concordia University


Is it time for a new history of women and art in Canada? If so, what might such a history, or set of histories, look like? With four decades of scholarship to draw on, women's art history is well established as a critical approach that has broadened the range of issues, objects and practitioners open to art historical consideration. In Canada, research into this expanded field has produced both narrative overviews and analytic case studies. What are the strengths of this scholarship, and what remains to be achieved? What challenges are raised by the task of integrating existing knowledge into a broader synthetic framework, and what solutions can we imagine? Which stories are still to be told? What gaps and omissions would frame such a history from its margins?

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