Extraordinary Women Symposium (an all day event)
Sat 9 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm GMT
This all-day symposium is part of our Extraordinary Women series (three talks plus this symposium). To find out more and to buy tickets for the whole series (whole series tickets only available before 7.30pm, Friday 1 March), please see our News item here.
10am: welcome and introduction by Anna McNay, writer, editor and curator
10.15am: Artemisia Gentileschi – the greatest female artist of the Baroque Age – Jonathan Jones, Art Critic, The Guardian
One of the first women to have a professional career in art in a workd that expected only men to make their mark. She painted unforgettable scenes from a strongly female point of view, turning traditional religious imagery into visceral autobiography that cuts with a sword from her age to our own.
11.30am: Mary Wollstonecraft – what’s not to like about Wollstonecraft? – Dr Sylvana Tomaselli, University of Cambridge, Countess of St Andrews
Mary Wollstonecraft had various labels such as liberal, republican, utopian and feminist. Her life was not easy but one with risk, challenges and painful experiences. This talk will give a sense of what she liked, disliked and hoped for, plus it will focus on her views of women and their role in the world.
Break for lunch (not provided)
1.30pm: Simone de Beauvoir – philosopher for the twenty-first century – Professor Christina Howells, University of Oxford
Simone de Beauvoir was undoubtedly the most significant French female philosopher and feminist writer of the twentieth century. In the twenty-first century the question “What is a woman?” is, once again, a hot topic. Beauvoir’s reply was: “One is not born but rather becomes a woman”. This talk explores the implications of this deceptively simple comment.
2.30pm: Paula Rego – Secrets and Stories (film) – introduced by Anna McNay
This documentary, directed by Paula Rego’s son, the filmmaker Nick Willing, provides a glimpse into an intimate world of personal tragedy, perverse fantasies and awkward truths.
3.30 – 4pm: tea, thank yous and goodbyes