Performing Feminist Culture
November 5 & 6, 2010
Organized by WIAprojects, Diversity and Equity & the Faculty of Art at OCAD, and XPACE Cultural Centre
All events take place at XPACE

Symposium Schedule

Friday November 5, 2010
Exhibition Opening:
Love Letters to Feminism
Carolyn Jervis and Collaborators
6:30 – Feminist Research Performance
XBASE (XPACE Basement)

Saturday November 6, 2010
Symposium: Performing Feminist Culture

10:00      Feminist Research Performance
10:15      Introductory statement by Symposium Co-conveners.
10:30      Session 1: Feminist cultural production as a tool
1:00        Lunch
2:00        Feminist Research Performance
2:15        Session 2: The creative possibilities of feminism
4:45        Closing statements
5:00        Final Feminist Research Performance and reception.

Symposium Participants:
Discussants: Catherine McGowan Spy Dénommé-Welch, Leah Houston, Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Bev Pike, Kalli Paakspuu
Performance by: Leena Raudvee and Erika DeFreitas
Exhibition by: Carolyn Jervis
Co-conveners: Pam Patterson and Jane Ngobia
Symposium Coordinator: Maggie Flynn
Session Coordinators: Stephanie Fielding, Farah Yusuf

Registration for Performing Feminist Culture is free and open to all but space is limited. To register please email your full name and any organizational affiliations to

Performing Feminist Culture is a symposium organized by WIAprojects on the topic of feminist cultural production. Feminist cultural practice in the 21st century has been splintered into a myriad of practices, concerns and communities. Such a shift has created more inclusive feminisms in which intersecting oppressions, privileges and needs speak across communities of difference. “Feminist artist” has been replaced by “cultural practitioner”, who in dialogue with curators, historians, critics, theorists, viewers, educators, galleries help create a space in which artifact becomes a site that acquires multiple meanings. But, what are those meanings?  Is feminist production still alive and well? Is feminist cultural production passé, racist, classist, liberal, (fill in the blank)? How do these developing configurations perform (or resist or re-perform)?

The intention of the symposium is to engage the cultural community in working through some central concerns around feminist cultural production and its role as a creative and activist strategy for both the production of culture and its presentation and dissemination. Performing Feminist Culture wishes to engage other cultural practitioners in a practice of thinking about what feminist cultural workers do. With this in mind, WIAprojects has invited a wide range of discussants and participants, some who do not necessarily identify as feminist, to create this open dialogue. This includes, as well as WIAprojects collective organizers and facilitators, a diverse and complex mix of peoples who variously identify as woman, man, trans, person of colour, disabled, queer and in practice as a filmmaker, educator, poet, theatre director, opera composer, painter, performance artist, curator.

WIAprojects would like to thank the Winnipeg Arts Council for providing travel funding for symposium discussant Bev Pike.