Centre for Women's and Gender Research

Seminar on Griselda Pollock

Professor Griselda Pollock was awarded the Holberg Prize 2020 for her work as a feminist art historian and transdisciplinary cultural analyst. The aim of this seminar is to explore different aspects of her work as a theorist.

Griselda Pollock sits with students and holds a book about Frida Kahlo
Professor Griselda Pollock discussing art history with students in Leeds.
Simon Dewhurst

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Pollock has been at the center of art historical debates since the 1970’s, and her studies have had a strong influence on both art history and visual studies, as well as on curating, museum practice and the arts.

In this seminar, we will highligh the potential and impact of her critical studies on gender, sexuality, class and race in visual culture and beyond.

On Monday, the seminar will take the form of a Zoom webinar where you can follow along and ask questions in the chat.

Zoom link for Monday can be found here.

On Tuesday, you are invited to join the organizers in a Zoom meeting to participate fully in a discussion of two selected Pollock articles. The meeting is open for everyone, and students at all levels are especially welcome.

Zoom link for Tuesday kan be found here.

No registration necessary: Just click on the links at the stated time.


Monday 22 February, 10.15-15.30 CET

20 minute presentations plus questions

10.15-30: Welcome

10.30-11.00: Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen, "Gender/Class/Race – Identities across time and category"

11.00-11.30: Asbjørn Grønstad, "Pollock, film studies and the concentrationary"

11.45-12.15: Sigrun Åsebø, "Feminist Desire: Griselda Pollock and historiography"

12.15- 12.45: Tania Espinoza, "Pollock and psychoanalysis"


14.00-14.45: Elspeth Mitchell and Yelin Zhao, "Art, Feminism & Education: co-emergence in a feminist space.”

14.45-15.30: Redi Koobak and Kari Jegerstedt, "Rendering Difference: Art, Politics and the Call to Decolonise."

Panel/Concluding remarks

Tuesday 23 February, 12.00-14.00 CET

Reading seminar/workshop (Responsible: SKOK)

In this part of the seminar, two selected articles by Pollock will be discussed, and Griselda Pollock herself will hold an introduction at the start of the day.

Participants are encouraged to read the following articles ahead of the reading seminar:

Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art (introduction only: page 18-39)

Liquid culture, the art of life and dancing with Tracey Emin: A feminist art historian/cultural analyst’s perspective on Bauman’s missing cultural hermeneutics.

See also the accompanying video: Tracy Emin: Why I Never Became a Dancer, 1995

Tracey Emin: Why I Never Became a Dancer, 1995

MOCA North Miami

The seminar is organized as a cooperation between The Holberg Prize, the research project The Feminist Legacy in Art Museums (FLAME) and Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK).