What happens at the intersection of mothering and art-making? On Friday October 1 2021, NOG PhD Deirdre Donoghue will defend her PhD thesis Maternal Subjectivity and Practices of Care as Aesthetic, Political and Environmental Forces in The Creative Practices of Five Contemporary Mother-Artists at Utrecht University.
Positioning both mothering and art-making as distinctive disciplines of social, cultural and political action, this dissertation asks what kind of aesthetic, social and political relations, imaginaries and spaces are being produced and proposed by the creative processes of five contemporary mother-artists who have turned towards their maternal subjectivity of ‘severality’. Donoghue defines this ‘severality’ as being more than ‘one’, a foundational methodological attitude in their otherwise varied practices and geopolitical locations of cultural production. Donoghue concludes that maternal practices of care and experiences of ‘severality’ that mother-artists encounter and engage with on a daily basis, can contribute to rich and innovative, interdisciplinary methodologies and practices of new knowledge production within contemporary art, artistic research and the humanities.
Details PhD Defense
Date: Friday October 1, 2021
Time: 16.15 – 17.15
Location: Due to Covid-19 the PhD defense is hybrid. You can follow the ceremony through this livestream.
Title: The Aesth-ethics of Interruption: Maternal Subjectivity and Practices of Care as Aesthetic, Political and Environmental Forces in The Creative Practices of Five Contemporary Mother-Artists
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Buikema and Dr. K.C. Thiele