"Promoting Women in the Arts in the Digital Era: Mini-symposium and Art+Feminism Wikipedia
Friday, March 24th
Richland Library, Main Branch
In celebration of Women’s History Month, USC’s School of Visual Art and Design is
once again joining forces with Art+Feminism, a global movement committed to building
communities and closing information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts.
This year’s event kicks off with a series of short talks about ongoing efforts to
increase women artists’ visibility on the internet and in digital humanities projects.
Guest speaker, Dr. Colleen Laird, assistant professor of Japanese Popular Culture
at the University of British Columbia, will discuss her Japanese Women Directors Project,
a digital dialogue series and website. Then SVAD professors will present efforts of
their own and others that amplify women artists and their artworks: Dr. Amanda Wangwright
will discuss her digital research project on women artists in modern China, Dr. Susan
Felleman will survey other online resources related to women in arts and media, Dr.
Anna Swartwood House will share her recent Wikipedia research and revisions, and Prof.
Meena Khalili will share a few publications adding to the design canon specific to
Motherhood, and the Black, Brown, and Latinx experience in design.
For the second half of the event, SVAD professor Evan Meaney will give a technical
demo on the basics of creating and editing Wikipedia pages. Then we’ll jump into actively
researching, writing, and editing! While no prior Wikipedia experience is necessary,
please create a Wikipedia account before the event. From there, we will offer tutorials
for beginners, art history reference materials, and extra support. While some computers
will be available, you are encouraged to bring your own laptop, power cord, and extension
cord if possible. Anyone and everyone regardless of experience, gender, or background,
is welcome to attend and participate. We encourage all Edit-a-thon participants who
would like to close information gaps in the arts and bring attention to traditionally
underrepresented artists, especially those who may have been overlooked due to race,
ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation,
gender identity, socioeconomic status, or geographic region.
Sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies in the Walker Institute for International,
Area Studies and the School of Visual Art and Design, and the Humanities Collaborative.