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Labour. Capital. Institution: A Forum on Feminisms - Full Program
Co-organised by 98WEEKS & Sidsel Nelund

2, 3 & 4 July, 2015
98WEEKS Research Space


Within the current research topic of 98weeks, A Forum on Feminisms focuses on labour and its relation to capital, domesticity and institutions. At this specific moment, there is a growing economy of domestic work and migratory flows significant not only for a Lebanese context. Simultaneously, Beirut is experiencing an increase in new art institutions and we see that women constitute a precarious part of the work force upon which the art world functions. 

As art institutions continuously reproduce this exploitation, we would like to critically ask: How can we think of underpaid women in the art world in the frame of a larger history of un(der)paid domestic work? To address this question, we have invited scholars, artists, activists, curators and researchers to focus on the topics of Capital and Institutions over two days. We wish to encourage engagement of participants and have allocated slots of open discussion at the end of each day. 98Weeks will also offer lunch and dinner on both days.

PROGRAM

2 July 2015; 17:00 - 19:00
Reading Group of Silvia Federici's Essay:
The Reproduction of Labor-Power in the Global Economy, Marxist Theory and the Unfinished Feminist Revolution.

To sign up for the reading group, please write to info@98weeks.net

3 July 2015
10:45 – 11:00: Introduction by Marwa Arsanios and Sidsel Nelund
11:00 - 13:30 PANEL 1 
 “Domestic Work” 
With speakers Castro Abdallah, Agbor Lydia, Nayla Geagea, and Maya Mikdashi.
13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 – 16:30 PANEL 2
 “Responses to Labour & Capital” 
With speakers Rosi Braidotti (pre-recorded interview), Haig Aivazian, and Laleh Khalili, with respondents Nadia Bou Ali and Brian Kuan Wood

16:30 – 17:30 OPEN DISCUSSION 

4 July 2015
11:00 – 13:30 PANEL 3 “Art Institutions" 
With speakers Marie Muracciole in conversation with Marwa Arsanios and Sidsel Nelund, Övül Durmusoglu, with respondent Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 – 16:30 PANEL 4

 “Institutions” 
With speakers Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Nina Power, with respondents Nadia Bou Ali and Brian Kuan Wood. 

16:30 – 17:30 OPEN DISCUSSION

Castro Abdallah is the president of the General National Federation of Trade Union of Workers and Employees in Lebanon (FENASOL)
Haig Aivazian is a multidisciplinary artist and writer currently based in Beirut.
Marwa Arsanios is a Beirut-based artist and the co-founder of 98Weeks Research Project.
Nadia Bou Ali, PhD,
 is an intellectual historian and assistant professor at the American university of Beirut, and co-founder of the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research - BICAR. 

Rosi Braidotti, PhD, is a contemporary philosopher and feminist theoritician.
Övül Durmusoglu
 is a curator and writer based in Berlin and Istanbul. She is also the artistic director of Yama Project Screen in Istanbul. 
Nayla Geagea is an attorney, researcher, and cultural activist based in Beirut.
Sidsel Meineche Hansen is a London-based artist whose practice explores nervousness as a form of institutional critique.
Laleh Khalili, PhD, is an author and professor of Middle East politics at SOAS, University of London.
Agbor Lydia is a member of the Migrant Workers' Syndicate in Lebanon.
Maya Mikdashi, PhD, is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. She is a co-founding editor of the e-zine Jadaliyya.
Marie Muracciole 
is an art critic, curator, and the director of the Beirut Art Center since 2014.
Sidsel Nelund, PhD, (co-organizer) is an art writer and theorist living and working in Copenhagen.
Nina Power, PhD,
is a lecturer at the University of Roehampton and the Royal College of Art. She has written widely about politics, culture, philosophy and feminism.
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie is a writer and critic based in Beirut.
Brian Kuan Wood is a writer based in New York. He is an editor of e-flux journal.

Project coordinator: Zainab Nasser
Intern: Christian el-Helou

Interventions:

Panel 1: Domestic Work

Maya Mikdashi will elaborate an intersectional and structural view of gendered violence in Lebanon. This approach attempts to think critically about the ways that laws that regulate sect, labor, sex and citizenship produce and intensify the conditions of gendered violence in contemporary Lebanon.

Castro Abdallah and Agbor Lydia will talk about the labor conditions in Lebanon, and the legal battle to defend the migrant workers' right.

Panel 2: Responses to Labor and Capital

Pre-recorded interview with Rosi Braidotti

Haig Aivazian will talk about his involvement with Gulf Labor, an international group of artists, academics and cultural practitioners working to better the conditions of migrant laborers on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.

Laleh Khalili: 
The New Spirit of Work

Lebanon in some ways represents the most strident aspects of late capitalism: minimal regulatory apparatuses; cursory limits on capital movements and investments; and extraordinary exploitation of unprotected and precarious migrant labour. The extent of such precarity is of course hugely reinforced by the class composition, gender and extent of racialisation of those engaging in this kind of work. In this talk, I will sketch these forms of precarious labour especially within the Lebanese art world and will discuss the ways in which gender relations –performances of gender rebellion in foreign public arenas; familial and kin connections; and gender-specific vulnerabilities of work- mitigate or intensify the effects of such precarity.

Panel 3: Art Institutions

Marie Muracciole in conversation with Marwa Arsanios and Sidsel Nelund

Ovul Durmusoglu:
The Good Work

In the beginning of 2000s, the history of contemporary art in Turkey was interpreted as one of mothers and their bastard boys. The force brought by strong women artists such as Fusun Onur, Gulsun Karamustafa, Ayse Erkmen, Hale Tenger and Aydan Murtezaoglu to the scene was locked somehow to the fundamental metaphor of reproductive labour. On the other hand, Turkey's collective unconscious is conditioned by the omnipresent father figures, may it be the republic's founder Ataturk, the current president Erdogan, or the leader of the Kurdish political movement Ocalan. This is where the critical question for women in Turkey becomes not to speak as mothers only, but to be first liberated from the position of father's daughters or to speak from the position of fatherless daughters. Many women as artists, writers and curators have been currently working to keep contemporary art scene functioning, though almost none hold directorial positions in the institutions. There are influential women patrons who care about the future of the scene. However, such a picture is rarely discussed in detail. On the other hand, a left party in Turkey entered the elections with woman and man co-chairs. In the parliament 31 of their MPs out of 80 are women. With 98 women MPs in total, it is the highest percentage of women in parliament in Turkish political history. When contemporary art is a mirror image of post-democratic governments who mimic the erratic male genius artist behaviour, is the active political life the only way to fight for different visibilities? How can we produce unexpected positions of reproductivity for women beyond being the sacrificial icons? Tomorrow is the question.

Panel 4: Institutions

Nina Power:
Resisting Work, Resisting Free Labour: Counter-Strategies to the Feminisation of Labour

This talk will address the co-optation of female labour under neoliberalism. It will discuss the way in which the so-called 'feminisation' of labour works as a double-edged sword to both incorporate more women into work and, at the same time, to devalue work itself - all work becomes women's work, that it to say, badly paid (if paid at all), precarious, thankless. It will discuss strategies for resisting this co-optation, with a particularl focus on the way in which the work of the artworld, and art institutions have become 'feminised' but at the same time remain almost completely hierarchical and patriarchal.

Sidsel Meineche Hansen:

The presentation will take the 8 min CGI animation Seroquel® (2015) as it’s starting point. On the basis of this recent work, I will speak about a broader shift in institutional critique introduced by Andrea Fraser’s ‘situationally specific’ performance work (for example: Offical welcome, 2001), which made it possible to consider the space of the body as a site of critique in parallel to the architecture of the art museum. The presentation will from here consider the intellectual and sensory system of the body as the primary site of analysis for examining nervousness as a form of institutional critique and a resistance towards turning oneself to human capital.



العمالة، رأس المال، المؤسسات: ندوة حول النسويات
تنظيم مشترك لـ"٩٨أسبوع" و سيدسل نيلوند
٢، ٣ و ٤ تموز/ يوليو، ٢٠١٥

ضمن إطار البحث الحالي لـ"٩٨أسبوع"، تركّز ندوة حول النسويات على العمالة وعلاقتها برأس المال، العمل المنزلي، والمؤسسات. يشهد الزمن الراهن نمواً في اقتصاد العمل المنزلي وتدفقات الهجرة، ليس فقط على المستوى اللبناني المحلي. كما وتشهد بيروت تزايد  في عدد المؤسسات الفنية حيث تشكل النساء العاملات الجزء الأكبر من القوة العاملة، التي يقوم عليها عالم الفن. في حين تواصل المؤسسات الفنية إعادة إنتاج هذا الاستغلال للعمالة، نسأل بحس نقدي: كيف يمكننا تقييم وضع النساء العاملات في المؤسسات الفنية بأجور متدنية في الإطار التاريخي الأوسع من العمالة المنزلية المجانية؟

لمقاربة هذه المسألة، تستضيف "٩٨أسبوع" عدد من المفكرين، الفنانين، الناشطين، القيّمين، والباحثين لمناقشة مسألة رأس المال والمؤسسات على مدى يومين. كما نرحّب بمشاركة الحضور وقد خصصنا لذلك حلقات نقاش عامة ومفتوحة  في نهاية كل يوم من أيام الندوة. تقدم "٩٨أسبوع" وجبتي الغذاء والعشاء على مدى اليومين.

البرنامج:
٢ تموز/ يوليو - من الساعة ٥ إلى الساعة ٧ مساءً: 
دعوة مفتوحة: مجموعة قراءة لنصوص مختارة من كتابات سيلفيا فيديريتشي

للتسجيل في مجموعة القراءة، يرجى إرسال رسالة إلى العنوان الاألكتروني:  info@98weeks.net


٣ تموز/ يوليو
١٠:٤٥ - ١١ صباحاً: تقديم الندوة من قبل مروة أرسانيوس و سيدسل نيلوند
١١ - ١:٣٠ بعد الظهر

مناقشة ندوية ١"العمالة المنزلية"
 بمشاركة كاسترو عبدالله، أغبور ليديا، نايلة جعجع، و مايا مكداشي.
١:٣٠ - ٢:٣٠ بعد الظهر: استراحة غذاء
٢:٣٠ - ٤:٣٠  بعد الظهر:

مناقشة ندوية ٢: "ردود على العمالة ورأس المال"
 بمشاركة روزي برايدوتي (مقابلة مسجلّة)، هايغ أيفازيان، لالي خليلي، ناديا بو علي، و براين كوان وود.
٤:٣٠ - ٥:٣٠ بعد الظهر: نقاش مفتوح

٤ تموز/ يوليو 
١١ - ١:٣٠ بعد الظهر
مناقشة ندوية ٣: "المؤسسات الفنية" 
بمشاركة ماري موراكيول، مروة أرسانيوس، سيدسل نيلوند، أوفول دورموسوغلو، وكايلين ويلسون-غولدي.
٢:٣٠ - ٤:٣٠  بعد الظهر: استراحة غذاء
٤:٣٠ - ٥:٣٠ بعد الظهر:

مناقشة ندوية ٤: "المؤسسات"
 بمشاركة سيدسل مينيكه هانسن، نينا باور، ناديا بو علي، وبراين كوان وود.
٤:٣٠ - ٥:٣٠ بعد الظهر: نقاش مفتوح

كاسترو عبد الله هو رئيس الاتحاد الوطني لنقابات العمال والمستخدمين في لبنان (FENASOL)
نايلة جعجع هي محامية، باحثة وناشطة ثقافية مقيمة في بيروت.
هايغ أيفازيان هو فنان متعدد الوسائط وكاتب مقيم حالياً في بيروت.
مروة أرسانيوس هي فنانة مقيمة في بيروت ومؤسسة لـ"٩٨أسبوع"
ناديا بو علي هي مؤرخة فكرية ومحاضرة مساعدة في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت، ومؤسسة مشاركة لمؤسسة
 بيروت للتحليل النقدي والبحث (BICAR).
روزي برايدوتي هي فيلسوفة معاصرة ومفكرة نسوية.
أوفول دورموسوغلو هي قّيمة وكاتبة مقيمة في برلين واسطنبول، والمديرة الفنية لـ"Yama Project Screen" في اسطنبول.
سيدسل مينيكه هانسن هي فنانة مقيمة في لندن تتناول أعمالها العصبية كشكل من أشكال النقد المؤسساتي.  
لاله خليلي هي كاتبة و أستاذة جامعية في جامعة لندن.
أغبور ليديا هي عضو في نقابة العاملات في الخدمة المنزلية في لبنان.
مايا مكداشي هي زميلة في برنامج ميلون لما بعد الدكتوراة في جامعة روتغرز، و مؤسسة مشاركة  للمجلة النسوية "جدلية".
ماري موراكيول هي ناقدة وقيّمة فنية، ومديرة مركز بيروت للفن Beirut Art Center.
سيدسل نيلوند هي كاتبة وباحثة فنية مقيمة في كوبنهاغن.
نينا باور هي محاضرة في جامعة روهامبتون و الكلية الملكية للفنون، لها العديد من الكتابات حول  السياسة، الثقافة، الفلسفة، والنسوية.
كايلين ويلسون-غولدي هي كاتبة وناقدة مقيمة في بيروت.
براين كوان وود هو كاتب مقيم في نيويورك، وكاتب تحرير في المجلة الدورية e-flux.

عنوان "٩٨أسبوع"
شارع أرمينيا - مار مخايل النهر
مقابل محطة المنار - الزقاق بين مطعم BODO و L'Osteria
الطابق الأرضى - مبنى الياس الحايك


98WEEKS' NEW VENUE
Starting: 1 April 2015

98Weeks has found a second home in Mar Mkhayel. As of 1 April 2015, 98Weeks will host events in its new space. Please see the map below for directions.

98Weeks would like to thank all those who have generously hosted its events in recent months. Special thanks go to Marra.tein and Mansion.

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