A carnival of feminist cultural activism

3-5 March 2011, York, UK.

This carnival is part-festival, part-conference. We seek to bring together artists, activists and academics from many nations to learn from each other, celebrate our creativity, and advance feminist work.

We ask, can feminist art save the world, and if so, how?

We warmly invite you to send in proposals and ideas for performances, academic papers, presentations, exhibitions & workshops. Informal enquiries welcome, and see the ‘Info’ link above for more details. The deadline for your plans and proposals to reach us is 31st October 2010. Feel free to distribute the CFS and this web site address freely.


are women connected to the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York as students, alumni  and staff.


The call for submissions is framed in an open way to encourage a broad range of topics, perspectives and methods of presenting. Surprise us.


What is probable? Possible? Almost impossible?


The event encourages cultural modes that address issues of power and gender in some way. These modes need not be defined as ‘feminist’, a word which has many specific meanings,

not all of which are liberatory in all circumstances. However, we use the word to attract papers and presentations that engage with women and/or gender in their cultural, social, symbolic, legal, sexual, representational, embodied and/or spiritual meanings via forms of art practices.


For the carnival, ‘art’ includes: community theatre, poetry, music, knitting, blogs, song, writing, dance,

digital fiction, zines, podcasts, comedy, performance, puppetry, frockmaking, weaving, painting, gardening,

cooking, pottery,cartoons, sketching, sculpture, posters, comics, twitter and much more.


or even a little bit of the world. What kinds of changes are needed now, and how might they vary in different cultures?

and if so, how?

Can feminist art practices affect people in order to make changes?

Are art practices enough in themselves, or does art need to move people

to social action in order to be worthwhile? How does Third Wave Feminism deploy artistic and craft practices as part of its philosophy? What kinds of feminist community art practices are effective, and what does ‘effective’ mean?


31st October 2010:
Deadline for proposals.
20th November 2010:
All proposals assessed, and successful and unsuccessful presenters contacted.
Registration opens.
30th November 2010:
Confirmation of attendance from all accepted presenters (we recognise that in some cases this will be subject to funding).
15th December:
Draft programme published.
8th January 2011:
Registration for presenters closes.
Earlybird fee for attendees closes.
15th January:
Final programme published.
20th February:
Registration closes.
3rd -5th March:
A Carnival of Feminist Cultural Activism
31st March:
Final date to submit work to be considered for publication.

A publication timetable will be made available shortly after the conference, as this is dependent on the amount and format of the submissions. At least some work will be published by the end of 2011.


We welcome proposals for a three day conference
and festival of academic papers, presentations,
performance, exhibitions & workshops.
The event is designed to inspire, celebrate &
challenge understandings of women,
grassroots art and politics.
We ask: can feminist art change the world if so, how?
and we invite responses from activists, artists and academics.
street theatre :: poetry :: music :: knitting :: zines :: digital fiction :: podcasts :: dance :: performance :: painting :: puppetry :: frockmaking
aweaving :: gardening :: cooking :: sketches :: pottery :: bloggs :: song :: cartoons :: writing :: sculpture :: posters :: comics :: twitter ::

Please send a 300-word proposal for
papers, panels, exhibitions, workshops and
performances plus a 50-word biography
by 31 October 2010 to:
or post to:

Carnival of feminist cultural activism
Centre for Women’s Studies
University of York
Yo10 5DD


Website: http://www.feminist-cultural-activism.net

Contact name: Ann Kaloski