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Responsibility, Representation and Restrictions

June 14, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

FREE but booking with eventbrite is required
  • Monday 14 June 2021, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Location:Online
  • Admission:Free admission, booking required

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Join us for a panel discussion exploring the ethics and importance of inclusivity in the modern world.

This event complements a new digital exhibition of women artists, Printed in Time, curated by University of York History of Art students, which is available to view throughout the Festival.

The exhibition is designed to highlight the important contributions of women artists to collections old and new, and includes previously unshown works. Artists featured include Ann-Marie LeQuesne, Catherine Grubb, Joan Eardley and prints after Angelica Kauffman.

Our expert panellists will discuss attempts to include women and people of colour in exhibitions and art institutions (such as universities, museums, galleries and public library collections) and whether this attempt is to revise and overwrite art history and the Western canon, or if it allows us to better reflect and consider the past and present roles of the marginalised within the context of arts institutions.

Most importantly, our speakers will discuss the meaning and implications of inclusion, and whether art institutions are meeting the political and social obligations of the publics’ demands to emphasise diversity and inclusion.

This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Why not explore the Printed in Time exhibition before attending this event? 

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner.  In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

About the speakers

Dr Sandeep Bakshi is Associate Professor of English Studies at the University of Paris Denis-Diderot. Sandeep researches on transnational queer and decolonial enunciation of knowledges. He received his PhD from the School of English, University of Leicester, UK, and is currently employed as an Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Queer Literatures and Literary Translation at the University of Paris. Co-editor of Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions (Oxford: Counterpress, 2016) and Decolonial Trajectories, special issue of Interventions (2020), he has published on queer and race problematics in postcolonial literatures and cultures.

Dr Diana Greenwald is Assistant Curator of the Collection at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Diana is an art historian and economic historian, whose work uses both statistical and qualitative analysis to explore the relationships between art and broader social and economic change and the resultant formation of inequalities. Specifically interested in 19th- and early 20th-century United States and France, in 2021 she published her first book, Painting by Numbers: Data-Driven Histories of Nineteenth-Century Art.

Dr Dan Hicks is Curator at Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford and Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Dan’s work across his roles concerns the material and visual culture of the human past and present, across the disciplines of Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, and Architecture. His current research focus is on the restitution of African cultural heritage from European and American collections, as well as studies of museum collecting and 19th-century imperial legacies in architecture and archaeology.

Beth Hughes is a writer and curator at Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Beth’s practice is centred on the principle that everyone has the right to enjoy and participate in art. With a commitment to collaboration, access, equality and diversity, she has worked at a series of galleries and curated hugely significant exhibitions alongside influential creators as well as continuing to prioritize Arts Council support for emerging artists.

Dr Terri Ochiagha is an author and Lecturer in World Literatures in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a scholar of colonial and postcolonial Nigerian cultures and societies working in the interstices of literary studies, history, and postcolonial theory. Terri is particularly interested in archival practices, first-generation Nigerian writing, the history of elite colonial education in Africa and the construction and performance of colonial subjectivities. Her first book, Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite won the African Studies Association UK’s Fage and Oliver Prize in 2016. She is also the author of A Short History of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (Ohio UP) and is concluding her third book, Affective States and Archival Excess: Nigeria Magazine and the Politics of Self-Monumentality.

Dr Seph Rodney is the Opinions Editor and Managing Editor of the Sunday edition for Hyperallergic. In writing for a magazine cited as redefining modern art criticism, he seeks to stretch the limits of art writing and translate contemporary visual culture to as wide an audience as possible.


June 14, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FREE but booking with eventbrite is required


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