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Journées d’étude

16 - 17 novembre 2015, Site Pouchet du CNRS, salle 159

Gender in Arts Criticism

International Conference organized by Marie Buscatto (IDHES), Mary Leontsini (Université d’Athènes) et Delphine Naudier (Cresppa-CSU), in the scope of the CNRS PICS Programme.

The objective of this conference is to analyse the gendered dimensions of art criticism in Western countries. Drawing on results based on empirical research in various art worlds, we would like to further analyse the role of art critics in the making of artistic careers and artistic taste from a gender perspective. We will also try to identify ways in which arts critics themselves participate in the recognition process or whether they transgress and challenge the gendered order of artworks and artistic careers. Last, but not least, we would like to emphasise the gendered dimensions that interfere in the making of arts critics as a professional group.

Programme en PDF



  • Monday, November 16th

    9:00 – 9:15. Participants’ welcome
    9:15 – 9:45. Introduction, Marie Buscatto, Mary Leontsini , Delphine Naudier

    Key Note Speech

    Chair : Delphine Naudier

    • Lori Saint Martin Why Counting Women Counts : Visibility and Legitimacy in Newspaper Book Review

    Gender in The World of Arts Critics

    Chair : Reguina Hatzipetrou-Andronikou

    • André Doehring, Male Journalists as ‘Artists’ : the Ideological Production of Recent Popular Music Journalism
    • Marie Buscatto, Jazz Critics : such a Man’s World
    • Anne-Sophie Béliard, Gender and Professionalization in TV Series Criticism. A Redefinition of Art Criticism and Cultural Hierarchies ?

    Gendered Receptions by Art Critics (I)

    Chair : Catherine Rudent

    • Delphine Naudier, The French Literary Criticism of the Goncourt Prize « Confidence pour confidence » (Paule Constant, 1998) : a Gendered Reception
    • Graciela Trajtenberg, Fifty Years Later… Has Anything Changed in Art Criticism ?

    Gendered Receptions by Art Critics (II)

    Chair : Karim Hammou

    • Catherine Rudent, Gendered Biases in the French Pop Press
    • Hélène Marquié, Artists and Critics : Co-Construction of a “Gendered” Genre as a Choreographic Genre and its Legitimation by Two Journals, Art Press and Mouvement (1995-2015)

    Tuesday, November 17th

    Gendered Receptions by Amateur Readers

    Chair : Graciela Trajtenberg

    • Danai Tselenti, Making Texts Mean : Reception and Gender in the Context of a Crime Fiction Book Club
    • Viviane Albenga, Gender as a Power Category for “Common” Readers : Analysing the Reception of Literature in Reading Clubs

    Gendering The Reception of Art by Critics (I)

    Chair : Cécile Prévost-Thomas

    • Séverine Sofio, Gendering the History of Art Criticism in France, 1750-1850
    • Mary Leontsini, The Construction of a Literary Sub-Genre (?) through Literary Criticism : On Women’s Literature in Contemporary Greece

    Gendering The Reception of Art by Critics (II)

    Chair : Mary Leontsini

    • Karim Hammou, Gendering Stars. The Critical Reception of Diam’s and Booba
    • Daphne Mourelou, Gendered Perceptions of Greek Contemporary Dance in the Press
    • Reguina Hatzipetrou-Andronikou, Gendered Aspects of Greek Popular Music Criticism in Ntefi and Difono Magazines
    • Conclusion, Christine Détrez, Chair : Marie Buscatto



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