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Gender in Arts Criticism

Lundi 16 et mardi 17 novembre 2015, site Pouchet du CNRS

International Conference organizes by : Marie Buscatto, IDHES, Mary Leontsini, Université d’Athènes et Delphine Naudier, CSU-Cresppa

Conference organized in the scope of the CNRS PICS Programme, with the help of the DHES (Paris1 - CNRS) and the CSU-CRESPPA, (Paris 8 - CNRS) Research Centers


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.


Monday, November 16th

  • 9:00 - 9:15 > Participants’ welcome
  • 9:15 - 9:45 > Introduction
    M. Buscatto (Idhes, Paris 1- CNRS), M. Leontsini (Université d’Athènes),
    D. Naudier (Csu-Cresppa, Paris 8 - CNRS)
  • 9:45 - 10:45 > Key note speech Chair : Delphine Naudier (CSU - Cresppa, Paris 8 - CNRS)
    Lori Saint Martin (UQAM, Canada) : “Why Counting Women Counts : Visibility and Legitimacy in Newspaper Book Review”
  • 11:00 -1:00 > “Gender in the world of arts critics” Chair : Reguina Hatzipetrou-Andronikou (CMH, EHESS - ENS - CNRS)
    André Doehring (Universität Gießen, Allemagne) : “Male Journalists as ‘Artists’ : the Ideological Production of Recent Popular Music Journalism”
    Marie Buscatto (IDHES, Paris1 - CNRS) : “Jazz Critics : such a Man’s World”
    Anne-Sophie Béliard (CIM, Paris 3) : “Gender and Professionalization in TV Series Criticism. A Redefinition of Art Criticism and Cultural Hierarchies ?”
  • 2:30 - 3:50 > “Gendered receptions by art critics” (I) Chair : Catherine Rudent (IReMus, Paris Sorbonne - CNRS)
    Delphine Naudier (CSU-Cresppa) : “The French Literary Criticism of the Goncourt Prize « Confidence pour confidence » (Paule Constant, 1998) : a Gendered Reception”
    Graciela Trajtenberg (College of Tel Aviv, Israel) : “Fifty Years Later... Has Anything Changed in Art Criticism ? ”
  • 4:10 - 5:30 > “Gendered receptions by art critics” (II) Chair : Karim Hammou (CSU - Cresppa, Paris 8 - CNRS)
    Catherine Rudent (IReMus, Paris Sorbonne - CNRS) : « Gendered Biases in the French Pop Press »
    Hélène Marquié (Legs, Paris 8) : “Artists and Critics : Co-Construction of a “Gendered” Genre as a Choreographic Genre and its Legitimation by Two Journals, Art Press and Mouvement (1995-2005)”

Tuesday, November 17th

  • 10:00 -11:25 > “Gendered receptions by amateur readers” Chair : Graciela Trajtenberg (College of Tel Aviv, Israel)
    Danai Tselenti (Université d’Athènes) : “Making Texts Mean : Reception and Gender in the Context of a Crime Fiction Book Club”
    Viviane Albenga (IEP Paris, Presage) : “Gender as a Power Category for “Common” Readers : Analysing the Reception of Literature in Reading Clubs”
  • 11:40 - 1:00 > “Gendering the reception of art by critics” (I) Chair : Cécile Prévost-Thomas (Cerlis, Paris 5 - Paris 3 - CNRS)
    Séverine Sofio (Csu - Cresppa) : “Gendering the History of Art Criticism in France, 1750-1850”
    Mary Leontsini (Université d’Athènes) : “The Construction of a Literary Sub-Genre (?) through Literary Criticism : On Women’s Literature in Contemporary Greece”
  • 2:15 - 4:05 > “Gendering the reception of art by critics” (II) Chair : Mary Leontsini (Université d’Athènes)
    Karim Hammou (CSU - Cresppa) : “Gendering Stars.The Critical Reception of Diam’s and Booba”
    Daphne Mourelou (Université d’Athènes) : “Gendered Perceptions of Greek Contemporary Dance in the Press”
    Reguina Hatzipetrou-Andronikou (CMH) : “Gendered Aspects of Greek Popular Music Criticism in Ntefi and Difono Magazines”
  • 4:15 - 4:45 > Conclusion
    Christine Détrez (GRS, ENS Lyon - CNRS)
    Chair : Marie Buscatto (IDHES, Paris 1 - CNRS)


- Marie Buscatto, Mary Leontsini et Delphine Naudier (dirs.), Du genre dans la critique d’art / Gender in art criticism, Paris : Archives contemporaines, 2017 - 196 p. Présentation sur ce site.

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