CfP: Feminist Infrastructural Critique (FKW – Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und Visuelle Kultur); by: 30.03.2023

FKW // Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und Visuelle Kultur; Elke Krasny, Sophie Lingg, and Claudia Lomoschitz (Web)

Proposals by: 30.03.2023

Traditional modern infrastructures have been joined, and transformed, by digital infrastructures and given rise to new forms of digital and platform capitalism. Terms like green infrastructure or blue infrastructure make understood how so-called natural resources are seen as ecosystem services for carbon storage or pollution removal. Social infrastructure refers to facilities that support social services including housing, healthcare, and education. Infrastructure is ubiquitous, essential, and often invisible. Infrastructure requires permanent maintenance, repair, and care.
This special issue is interested in feminist approaches and methodologies that center on how contemporary artistic practice engages with infrastructural activism, infrastructural violence, infrastructural justice, infrastructural liberation, infrastructural care, maintenance and repair. The editors are inviting contributions that think with and through contemporary artistic practice to understand how art-making contributes to ‘feminist infrastructural critique’ as well as ‘feminist infrastructural transformation’. Contending that matters of infrastructure are a feminist issue and arguing that 21th century art practice provides ways of seeing, knowing, performing or transforming infrastructure, the special issue invites essays that are interested in working on infrastructure feminism as a critical approach in contemporary art history. Art-making is understood as ethico-aesthetic, material, and epistemic practice connecting human and non-human bodies, environments, resources or technologies and questioning the border that has been drawn between life and non-life. In this sense, art history, as a discipline, is seen as porous and open to insights on infrastructure as they have been developed in disciplines including, but not limited to, urbanism, architecture, philosophy, anthropology, history, the environmental, digital, legal or medical humanities, gender studies, crip studies or critical race studies. Read more and source … (Web)