Today the German Historical Institute has opened a new online exhibition: Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism & The Media
Quoting the GHI’s announcement:
The exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks explores the intersections between the growth of mass media and women’s rights movements in a transnational context during the 20th century. Centred on the histories of feminisms and the media in Britain, Germany and India, it draws attention to little-known or unheard voices and stories and draws connections between activists and the media across time and space. Through a series of snapshot examples, it illustrates how feminists have mobilized and negotiated media to advance women’s rights and contest gender stereotypes at different moments. It also attends to the ambivalence, changeable and potentially contradictory nature of women’s relation to the media across different time periods and contexts.
Built around the themes of recognition, redefinition, remapping, reclamation and regeneration, the exhibition offers a glimpse into different moments and different places of feminism. Some of these stories fit together neatly; others do not. Like a mosaic, patterns across the three countries are discernible, but so are gaps and breaks. In doing so, the exhibition does not seek to suggest equivalences between the histories of these very different contexts. Instead, it encourages visitors to search for resonances and connections, as well as tensions and differences.
Curator Maya Caspari has developed a wonderful and varied exhibition. WREN members Kristin Skoog, Kate Murphy, and Alec Badenoch contributed to the exhibition, which includes sections on women’s radio in Germany, Britain and on the International Association of Women in Radio and Television among its rich content.
Three launch events have been announced:
The Politics of Photography: Feminist Activisms in India and Britain explores the use of photography as a tool of feminist protest and mobilization. Featuring artist/activists Sheba Chhachhi and Mary Ann Kennedy, and discussant Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi, the discussion was held on 23 November.
The second event Recognition and the Intersections of Feminist Activisms in Germany and India will include reflections from Padma Anagol (Cardiff), Tiffany Florvil (New Mexico) and Ingrid Sharp (Leeds). It will be held on 15 December at 5:30pm GMT.
The final launch event Women on the Air Waves: Feminism and the Radio in Britain and Germany will take place as a part of the conference The History of Medialization and Empowerment: The Intersection of Women’s Rights Activism and the Media, and will be held on 20 January at 5:30pm GMT.