2016 Colloquium: Mapping the Maternal

Mapping the Maternal: Art, Ethics and the Anthropocene, is a four day colloquium (May 11-14) organized by Natalie Loveless and Sheena Wilson

The four days of the conference will be spent exploring feminist art and maternal ethics as they inform our thinking around anthropogenic climate change and energy transition

The maternal has become a “hot-button” issue in contemporary feminist art and theory recently, and the subject of numerous recent conferences, exhibitions, and publications. UAlberta’s Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory, together with the Kule Institute for Advanced Study is hosting a colloquium that will feature many events, including an exhibition, a film screening, a literary salon, and a keynote address on feminist art, ecology, and the maternal from– all open to the public. As part of the event, the CoLABoratory will launch the third in a New Maternalisms exhibition series, New Maternalisms Redux.


Please join us for a series of public events, May 12, 13, and 14, 2016!

  1. Exhibition Opening, New Maternalisms ReduxMay 12, 6 – 9 p.m., FAB Gallery: The exhibition opening, set for Thursday May 12, 6 – 9 p.m., in UAlberta’s FAB Gallery, will include live performance and discussion events by Canadian artist Jess Dobkin, who will present her Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar. Chilean artist Alejandra Herrera will be performing a durational work upstairs in the gallery called Testing the Waters, along with US artists Courtney Kessel, who will perform In-Balance-With with her daughter Chloe, and Jill Miller, of Milk Truck fame, who will present a new work, 24-hour Family Portraits.
  1. Film Screening of Sheena Wilson’s PetroMama, Gina Miller’s Family Tissues and Irene Lusztig’s award winning The Motherhood Archives,May 13, 4-6pm, Garneau Theater