Hosting Pop-up Events to Nurture the Feminist Subversive Imagination

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Pop-up events are temporary occasions which can be great feminist, pedagogical adventures. Pop-up events can be held in museums, galleries or other spaces such as schools, community spaces or even outdoors. Designed to last for only a short timescale, feminist pop-up events, such as art schools and exhibitions, can be vibrant, exciting, full of creative spirit and freedom. This, together with their potential to invert and subvert some aspects of formal education, can harness many aspects of carnival practice, embracing the spirit of the ‘carnivalesque’. The term carnivalesque and ideas about the transposition and application of carnival’s ‘spirit’, were developed by the Russian philosopher
Bakhtin (1968/1984). European medieval carnivals were a time of inclusion, equality and freedom when there was a temporary inversion of established norms of society and structures of power, and they often involved challenges to the status quo through rebellious behaviour and irreverent folk humour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminist adult educators' guide to aesthetic, creative and disruptive strategies in museums and community
EditorsDarlene E. Clover, Suriani Dzulkifli, Hannah Gelderman, Kathy Sanford
PublisherUniversity of Victoria
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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