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Margaret Watkins: Domestic Symphonies
The National Gallery of Canada
05 Oct 2012 - 13 Jan 2013
Call for Proposals: Histories on the Edge
Berkshire Conference on Women's History
Anne Langton at Fenelon Falls (until Thanksgiving 2012)
Early Nova Scotian Women at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (22 Jul 2012 - 20 Jan 2013)

Previous news items

Craft Journal Call for Submissions for Fall 2011
New Book: The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton (June 2011)
Published by Mother Tongue Publishing Limited
Art Gallery of Ontario from June 4 to August 28, 2011
Doris McCarthy: Roughing it in the Bush
The exhibition marks Doris McCarthy's 100 birthday and is held at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto from June 19 to July 24, 2010
Exhibition: Femmes artistes. L’éclatement des frontières, 1965-2000
This exhibition takes place at the Musée nationale des Beaux-arts du Québec from June 17 to October 10, 2010.
Call for Proposals: Women and Material Culture of Death
We invite proposals for essays for a collection titled Women and the Material Culture of Death. This collection invites researchers and scholars to consider women’s engagement with the material world of death, from the most ordinary, mundane ritualized practices and objects to the most extraordinary.

As Hallam and Hockey note, material practices related to death traverse time and space. Historically, women in many cultures have had a central role in crafting objects to commemorate the dead, such as weaving shrouds, creating mourning clothes, crafting death masks, designing grave markers, stitching memorial samplers, creating hair jewelry, to name but a scant few. Women have also attended to death practices for non-humans, from butchery and cookery methods, to taxidermy of wild animals and beloved pets, to drying flowers and other plants, and repurposing objects related to death.

We encourage scholars and researchers who focus on specific social and material practices bounded by time and place that are related to any aspect of death in which women have participated. These practices might relate to preparation for death, rituals or social actions prior, during, and following the disposal of the body, to commemorative acts meant to keep memory of the deceased alive. In short, the possibility of topics and scholarly methods is wide open so long as they connect women to some aspect of death.

We look forward to proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, art history, anthropology, history, literature, rhetoric, cultural studies, communication studies, museum studies, visual studies, race studies, and women’s studies. We encourage and wish to present multiple theoretical frames and methodologies that grapple with questions concerning women and the material culture of death.

Please send your 250-500-word proposal and a CV as electronic attachments in MS-word or RTF format to Beth Fowkes Tobin ( and Maureen Daly Goggin ( by September 1, 2010.

2010 SAH ANNUAL MEETING Chicago, April 21-25, 2010

What do we remember about a city and why? Iconic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain mark cities and leave indelible memories for tourists. In recent years, particularly since the construction of the Bilbao museum by Frank Gehry, architects have become celebrities so that while our identification of a place is often associated with the building and the cultural memory informed by it, the name of the architect is now the feature. Yet the constellation of "star" architects, or "starchitects"(Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Herzog and De Meuron, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, among others) is almost exclusively male. Zaha Hadid is arguably the exception to prove the rule. While many important women architects have, in the past, produced significant works, they were often relegated to secondary or even invisible positions thanks to husband-and-wife type partnerships (Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier, or Charles & Ray Eames).The world of celebrity architects is decidedly male, and as Hadid suggests, it is a world that for women is taboo: "I don't think that racism is as big a problem as the woman business."

This session will address the imbalance of women in architecture today by questioning the concept of "starchitect" and the branding of architectural sites for local tourist economies. While architectural historians have produced excellent studies of women and architecture, none has looked at contemporary women architects and celebrity architecture. Our interest for this session is less about citing architects' names and projects in order to reinsert women into a pantheon of male architects, than it is to explore novel theoretical and philosophical issues such as the nature of genius and celebrity, specifically in architecture. What is "spectacular" architecture? What are the strategies cities employ to brand themselves with architectural projects for tourism? Is architectural education shaped by these concerns? Are there alternative pathways women take if traditional architecture as a profession does not fit their idea of critical investigation? And if they do choose the traditional pathway, how have they made themselves seen and heard?

Please send proposals to:

Annmarie Adams,
School of Architecture,
McGill University,
815 Sherbrooke St. West,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 2K6

and to

Shelley Hornstein
Department of Visual Arts,
York University,
4700 Keele Street,
233 Goldfarb Centre for the Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3;
Exhibition Women Artists. Gaining space, 1900-1965.
Works from the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. May 7 to August 16 2009
Lectures to be held in conjunction with the exhibition:
Sur les traces des femmes artistes du Québec, 1900-1965 by Esther Trépanier, directrice générale du MNBAQ on Wednesday May 13, 7:30 pm

Les femmes et leur engagement dans l’art, 1900-1965 by Thérèse St-Gelais,professeure en histoire de l’art à l’UQAM on May 27, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Tribute to Betty Goodwin: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents a selection of works (Feb 19 to April 5, 2009)
From February 19 to April 5, 2009, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will exhibit seventeen works from its permanent collection that attest to this great Montreal artist’s unique and inspiring genius, as well as illustrate some of the high points of her artistic career.

Exhibition: Mary Catharine ( Minnie ) Gill, 1861-1946: Townships and Charlevoix Landscapes - June 6 to December 14, 2008
Presented by the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society at the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre: 9 Speid, Sherbrooke - Borough of Lennoxville, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Publication: A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada. The Journals, Letters, and Art of Anne Langton
This new edition of A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada. The Journals, Letters, and Art of Anne Langton, edited by Barbara Williams, is published by University of Toronto Press. Release date is November 6, 2008.

Book Launch: A presentation on Anne Langton will be given by Barbara Williams at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 20 Bond St., Fenelon Falls, Ontario, on Saturday, November 8 at 1.30 pm. Organized by Fenelon Falls Museum. Open to the public, refreshments to be served.

Conference: Women’s Bodies in a Public History Context - November 7-8, 2008
Check The Canadian Association for Women’s Public History (CAWPH) web site for the conference program.



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