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Queering the Campus Gender Landscape Through Visual Arts Praxis

  • Libby Balter Blume
  • Rosemary Weatherston
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Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)

Abstract

Libby Balter Blume and Rosemary Weatherston critically analyze the pedagogy and praxis of queering the gender landscape on an urban, Catholic university campus through 12 years of international juried fine arts exhibitions co‐curated by women’s and gender studies faculty. Past exhibition themes have included (re)visioning gender, embodiment, gender politics, gendered space/s, masculinities and feminism, and (trans)ition. These campus interventions have used visual arts, poetry, performance, environmental installation, interdisciplinary lectures, and course work to interrogate gender as a socially constructed, relational category and to deconstruct male/female binaries and dominant/minority discourses in academic space. Blume and Weatherston’s interdisciplinary essay utilizes both social science and humanities frameworks of “queering” and queer pedagogy to examine intersections of artistic practices of “seeing differently” and activist re/productions of visual arts discourses. Finally, they address the limitations and potential of using the curatorial space of the exhibitions to engender change as well as reflection.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Libby Balter Blume
    • 1
  • Rosemary Weatherston
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Detroit MercyDetroitUSA

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