The American Studies Group of the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES) organized "Women and the Arts: Dialogues in Female Creativity in the U.S. and Beyond" (15-17 June 2011). The three-day international conference promoted a reflection on women's artistic production, contrasting the U.S. context with other cultures.
The conference in Lisbon covered multiple areas, including writing, the visual arts, music, and the performing arts. We debated women's aesthetic expression in the U.S. and elsewhere in these diversified fields, from modernity to the contemporary age, and reflected on the specific conditions of production, circulation, and reception of their works.
We engaged scholars from a wide range of areas, as well as artists, critics, and curators, fostering interdisciplinary debate.
- Sandra M. Gilbert, Professor Emerita, University of California Davis (USA), groundbreaking American critic, theorist, and poet. Co-author with Susan Gubar of The Female Imagination and the Modernist Aesthetic; The Madwoman in the Attic: the Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, and the three volumes of No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century.
- Christine Battersby, Reader Emerita in Philosophy, Associate Fellow of the Centre for Philosophy, Literature & the Arts at the University of Warwick and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. Her thought-provoking interdisciplinary research spans feminist aesthetics, feminist metaphysics, natality; philosophies of embodiment; philosophy of race; the sublime; women and 'genius' in philosophy, literature and the visual arts. Her many publications include The Phenomenal Woman: Feminist Metaphysics and the Patterns of Identity and Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics.
- Edward Lucie-Smith, internationally renowned art critic, poet, photographer, curator, and broadcaster. A notably prolific author, his titles include Race, Sex and Gender in Contemporary Art: The Rise of Minority Culture, and Women and Art: Contested Territory, co-authored with Judy Chicago.
- The influence of American gender theory and politics
- Women's Art and American Regionalism
- Canonical dynamics and the transatlantic debate
- Criteria for the definition of a specifically feminine cultural and artistic production
- Critical revisions towards representative literary and art histories
- Women artists' perspectives on traditions, categories, and the politics of art institutions
- GLBT subjectivities and the arts
- The outlook for women's art at the onset of the 21st century