The Intersectional Engagements in Politics and Art research trajectory within PARSE undertakes a critical exploration of the nexus of gender, race, sexuality and coloniality in contemporary artmaking, scholarship, and artistic research. Focusing on socially engaged practices related to memory, history, embodiment, and alterity, we seek to involve and publish scholars and artists from a wide range of fields, disciplines, and contexts.
In the decades that have passed since Kimberlé Crenshaw introduced the critical concept of intersectionality into legal scholarship, the term has been taken up within broad, interdisciplinary movements in academia and the arts as well as public life, to address discriminating and enabling practices within complex operations of power and social delineation. The Intersectional Engagements research arc seeks to highlight the operative, performative, and ethical potentials of intersectional approaches to creative and researcherly practice. As such the research arc offers an invitation to resituate and reconfigure critical practices in the arts. We understand race, gender, and sexuality to become articulated interdependently and through their co-constitutive relations across interdisciplinary artistic (and) research practices, and situate this inquiry in the multiple colonial legacies shaping and permeating arts and politics on a global scale.
In 2018-19 a series of Dialogues within Intersectional Engagements has staged interdisciplinary encounters between researchers and artists from various fields. Invited scholars and artists include Hülya Arık, Peter Burton, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Joost Fontein, Ylva Habel, Saidiya V. Hartman, Elisabeth Hjorth, Christiane Jatahy, Hagar Kotef, Patricia Lorenzoni, Staffan Mossenmark, M. NourbeSe Philip, Koleka Putuma, Björn Säfsten, Astrid von Rosen, and Du Yun.
In 2019-20 Intersectional Engagements will publish text and video documentation of its activities as well as a collection of articles and research presentations curated through an open call for proposals. The editorial team consists of Kristina Hagström-Ståhl (PARSE professor of performative arts), Jessica Hemmings (professor of crafts), Jyoti Mistry (professor of film), and Khashayar Naderehvandi (doctoral candidate in literary composition), all at the Faculty of Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg.
Collaborators in 2018-19 include Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg; Embassy of Sweden, South Africa; Gender Studies Program at the University of Gothenburg; Gothenburg Art Sounds; Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival; Gothenburg International Book Fair; The Market Theatre, Johannesburg; the Research School at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg; Scener och Samtal.
On the theme Intersectional Engagements in Politics and Art:
Open call for contributions
August 20, Dialogue in collaboration with the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, “Between Reality and Fiction”
With Christiane Jatahy, director, in conversation with Patricia Lorenzoni, Uppsala University and Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, HSM.
Location: Kristallfoajén, Stora Teatern, Gothenburg
September 6, Dialogue, “Violence, Desire, and Settler Colonialism”
With Hagar Kotef, SOAS/University of London in conversation with Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, HSM
Location: Glasshouse, Akademin Valand, Gothenburg.
September 29, Dialogue, “Collective Amnesia – a conversation with Koleka Putuma”
Koleka Putuma, performance poet, in conversation with Elisabeth Hjorth, Akademin Valand.
Moderated by Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, HSM. A collaboration with Scener & Samtal
Location: Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg
October 5, Dialogue, “The Role of Art in a Rapidly Changing World”. In collaboration with Gothenburg Art Sounds (GAS),
With Peter Burton – director, Joost Fonteyne – director, Du Yun – composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist and Staffan Mossenmark – professor of composition.
Location: Atalante, Gothenburg.
October 30, Dialogue, “Women and War, Struggle and Stories“ in collaboration with The Market Theatre, and the Embassy of Sweden
Beverly Ditsie – director and producer for film and tv/activist, Kristina Hagström-Ståhl – PARSE professor HSM, Gail Smith – writer/journalist/spokespersonand Redi Thlabi – author/broadcaster/talkshow host. Moderated by Katarina Hedrén – film curator/writer.
Location: The Market Photo Workshop Auditorium, Johannesburg, South Africa
February 15, Dialogue, “Two sides of a coin: A reading of contemporary and traditional art practices in Turkey“. In collaboration with the Gender Studies program at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg.
With Isil Egrikavuk, Berlin-based performance artist and scholar from Turkey.
Location: Glashuset, Valand Academy, Gothenburg.
February 21, Dialogue “with-nessing whitenesses”. As part of the Women/Struggle/Stories-series, in collaboration with The Embassy of Sweden, PARSE- Platform for Artistic Research Sweden – & The Market Theatre.
With Katarina Hedrén, Lindiwe Matshikiza, and Stacey Sacks.
Location: Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
February 22, 2019 Intersectional Engagements Research Symposium in collaboration with the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS).