decolonial thought | feminist art histories | collectivity | collaboration | horizontal histories | curatorial | provincialising the west | curating as practice research | historical reparation

This research forum is aimed at those studying at Birkbeck and beyond, who are interested in decolonization and narratives that challenge the Western canon and established masculinist power structures. The group meets twice termly and aims to explore relevant texts, images, exhibitions and/or issues that question hegemonic modes of curatorial and institutional practice.

We will meet and read together, share knowledge, research, projects, texts as well as information about recent and forthcoming events. We may share work-in-progress, organise screenings, present past projects and, perhaps, work towards future joint initiatives. 

The sessions will be further determined by the group and together we will decide on the preferred format.

No reading is necessary in advance of sessions.

2019-2020 : SCHEDULE :

Save the day: dates for future meetings,

Friday 20 March | Friday 7  May | Friday 19 June

Meeting #2 : Friday 7 February 2020, 17:00-19:00

Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square WCIH 0PD
Suggested reading for our second meeting is Michelle, K. (2013). To my Eighteen-Year-Old Self, on your Departure for Cambridge. Decolonizing the ‘Cold’ War, May 19 – 23, p.24.

Meeting #1 : Friday 22 November 2019, 17:00-19:00

Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square WCIH 0PD

Please bring material you would be interested in sharing or reading.

Sample texts/ topics:

  • On museums and neutrality:

At Queens Museum, the Director Is as Political as the Art

  • Feminist revisiting of art practices: 

Kalliopi Minioudaki, Pop Proto Feminisms: Beyond the Paradox of the Woman Pop Artist, Seductive Subversion

Devices of Decolonization—A Conversation with Cuauhtémoc Medina

  • Decolonising institutions
  • Thoughts on the planetary: An interview with Achille Mbembe, New Frame
  • Alonso-Minutti, A., Herrera, H. and Madrid, A. 2018. The Practices of Experimentalism in Latin@ and Latin American Music. In: Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America, 1st ed. [online] Oxford Scholarship, pp.1-17. 
  • Born, G. and Devine, K. 2016. Gender, Creativity and Education in Digital Musics and Sound Arts. Contemporary Music Review, 35(1): 1-20.
  • Guattari, F. & Rolnik, S. 2007. Introduction. In: Molecular Revolution in Brazil.Los Angeles: Semiotexte. 
  • Hooks, B. 1999. Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance. In: Black Looks: Race and Representation. South End Press.

This initiative is co-organised by Dr. Lina Džuverović, Dr. Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra and Vanessa Campos de Michelis

Image credit: Image by Vanessa Campos de Michelis, using source materials from the Yugoslav Nonaligned Movement Solidarity Archive of Olja Dzuverovic, courtesy of Lina Dzuverovic