School of Humanities

Australian feminist memory project

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This project theorises and intervenes in the ways second wave Australian feminist activism (1970-1990) is remembered, documented, historicized and collected as a significant historic social movement.

It is particularly interested in the nature of feminist objects and their capacity to embody intellectual ideas, spark emotion, archive effect, and aestheticise politics.

The project has involved:

  • researching the Pine Gap Women’s Peace Camp near Alice Springs in 1983
  • collaborating with the University of Queensland's Dr Margaret Henderson and the National Museum of Australia, to propose a feminist collection and exhibition
  • collecting memories that centre around feminist objects for an anticipated book, Feminist Object, Feminist Memories: The Australian Women’s Movement Re-Collects.

Outcomes

  • Bartlett, A. and Henderson, M. Australian Feminist Memory Project: Cultures of Activism 1970-1990. Report submitted to the National Museum of Australia, 2009
  • Bartlett, A., Dever, M and Henderson, M. ‘Notes Toward an Archive of Australian Feminist Activism’. Outskirts: feminisms along the edge 16 (2007) online.

Funding

  • Bartlett, A. and Henderson, M. National Museum of Australia. Australian Feminist Memory Project: Cultures of Activism 1970-1990. (2009)
  • Bartlett, A. UWA Research Grant. Embodied Activism: the Pine Gap Women’s Peace Camp 1983. (2006).