How to best construct an authentic and comprehensive representation of the history of second wave feminism will be the subject of a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on Tuesday 7 June.
Dr Margaret Henderson, senior lecturer at the University of Queensland will discuss her experiences as a consultant to the National Museum of Australia, which involved proposing a collection of ‘feminist objects' to be part of the nation's history in this premier institution.
One of the unexpected consequences of her work was the discovery of the extent to which these objects bear emotions and memories for their owners, and one of the challenges is how these personal histories can be translated into collective institutional memories.
Her lecture will examine the process of assembling the history of the women's movement while asking how we can adequately, indeed authentically, represent a women's movement now in decline and confronting a generalised climate of feminist amnesia.
Dr Henderson is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland, with particular teaching interests in contemporary and postmodern fiction and is widely published on feminist fiction and autobiography.
She is currently editing a collection of essays on feminist material culture, Feminist Objects, Feminist Memories: The Australian Women's Movement Re-Collects, and a monograph on the punk writer, Kathy Acker.
Date: Tuesday 7 June 2011
Location: Webb Lecture Theatre (G.21), Ground Floor, Geography Building, UWA
The nearest carparks are 18 and 19 via Fairway entrance No 1.
Cost: This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.
Audrey Barton (UWA Institute of Advanced Studies) (+61 8) 6488 4797