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From the Amazons to the Guerrilla Girls. Warring Women in Art, Architecture and Literature.

Third edition of

The third edition of AIWAC focuses on the matter of women warriors from the matriarchal period to contemporary times, with a particular emphasis on the ‘guerrilla girls movement’ and its concerns on the production and public display of art of and by women.

Since the beginning of history women were actively engaged in warfare to protect their lands, their people, their family or just themselves. The conference aims to see if and when art, architecture and literature have acknowledged the subject and how was it treated. At the same time we would recognize how warring women, such as Ethelfleda or the Great Countess Mathilda, were represented.

Conference Convened: Consuelo Lollobrigida, Adelina Modesti

Scientific board: Vera Fortunati, Consuelo Lollobrigida, Adelina Modesti, Patricia Rocco, Juliet Simpson

Scientific Secretariat: Simone Andreoni

Organizational team
Graphic Design: Mia Moorhead, Angelique Moulin, Catherine VanHoose
Social media: Eden Isbell, Honor Swan
Exhibition Designer: Jennifer Sandoval
Photographer: Hayley Nape

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9.30 – Eike Faber (Universität Potsdam). Anathema to Civic Society – Warrior Women in Classical Athens. Amazons Between A-mastos and Anti-aneira in Literary and Artistic Depiction 

10:00 – Veronica Parise (Independent Scholar),  “I am not a man, but an homo, yes I am”. Warrior Women under the lens of Anthropology. Theories, reminiscences and protrayals from Amazons to ethnograpic legacy. Independent Scholar (ANPIA – Italian national Professional Association of Anthropology)

10:30 – Maximilian Geiger (Institut für angewandte Kunst- und Bildwissenchaften, University of Wuppertal), in presence. Amazons and Nymphs: Warring Women in Rubens’ “Battle of Amazons” (1617).


11:30 – Stefania Portinari (“Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice),  A Cavalcade of Amazons. Statues, Visions and Seizures of Power in Italy Between the Twenties and Forties.

12:00 PM – Frédérique Villemur (ENSAM, “Paul-Valéry” Montpellier 3 University), Horses and Amazons: Animality in Question.

12:30 – Q&A – LUN

2:00 PM – Laura Mercader Amigó (University of Barcelona),  Reparation for fracticity wars.
Lesley Yendell’s art projects in Northern Ireland.

2:30 – Silvia Palandri (Independent Scholar), Nellie Bly, la prima corrispondente di guerra.

3:00 – Laia Manonelles Moner (University of Barcelona), The Eighth Weapon. War, Pain and Reparation.

3:30 – Anna Kopócsy (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest), Inter arma silent Musae. Journalist Lili Fabenyi’s photo series on the Royal Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts as a war hospital in 1914.

4:00 – Jolanda Wessel (Ph. D. candidate, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf), The Art of Fighting – Warring Women in November and Other Works of Hito Steyerl.

4:30 – Alessandra Masu (Independent Scholar, President of the Cultural Association “Artemisia Gentileschi”, Director of the “Artemisie Museum Project”),  Margherita Sarrocchi 1623-2023: a new edition of La Scanderbeide and her last will.

5:00 – Q&A – TEA BREAK

6:00 – GUEST OF HONOR: Fatimah Hossaini. Beauty amid War. (https://fatimahosaini.com/)

9:00 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Juliet Simpson (FRSA, FRHistS, Coventry University-University of Heidelberg), Guerrilla Girls: from Muses into Makers – Elizabeth Siddal and Victorine Meurent Reloaded.

10:00 – Marie-Christine Schoel (Ph. D. candidate at the University of Münster), Judy Chicago’s Boxing Ring Ad (Artforum, 1970) in the Context of Spatial and Performative Art Practices in and beyond the Feminist Art Movement.

10:30 – Francesca Romana Posca (Ph. D. student, Bordeaux Montaigne University – “Roma Tre” University of Rome), in presence. “Soyons sincères”: la production artistique des femmes italiennes dans les années de l’“Entusiasmo femminile”.


11:30 – Stefania Biancani (Researcher, Centro di Documentazione sulla Storia delle Donne Artiste Attive in Europa, Bologna), Shouting loudly at herself: Angela Teresa Muratori’s fight on the path of early modern women’s emancipation.

12:00 PM – Tiziana Di Folco (Architect), Lorenza Minoli, Architect.

12:30 – Angela Antonini (Independent Scholar),  The Curse of Anne Sexton.

1:00 – Q&A – LUNCH BREAK

2:00 – Liana De Girolami Cheney (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Hypatia of Alexandria: A Fiercely Intelligent Woman.

2:30 – Elizabeth Lev (Duquesne University Italian Campus), The Tigress of Forli: Caterina Riario Sforza in Life, Art and Literature.

3:00 – Simone Andreoni (Ph.D. Student, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome), Two “Militant” Matrons and an Artist: Sallustia Cerrini, Olimpia Orsini Cesi and Giovan Battista Fiammeri.

3:30 – Adelina Modesti (University of Melbourne), Vittoria della Rovere: an early modern political “femme forte”.

4:00 – Q&A – TEA BREAK

5:00 – Book presentation – Women in Arts, Architecture and Literature. Heritage, Legacy, and Digital proceedings (Brepols.net)

7:00 – DINNER. Theme: “A tavola con Caterina de’ Medici”, University of Arkansas, Rome Center.

9:00 AM – Lea Viehweger (Doctoral Fellow, 4A_Lab, KHI Florenz and Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Ph. D. candidate, University of Cambridge), Undressing the Woman Warrior: Conrat Meit’s Judith (1526-28) Re-Evaluated.

9:30 – Margherita Fratarcangeli (Independent Scholar), Dalila/Delilah.

10:00 – Elisa Stafferini (Ph. D. candidate, The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies, London), Worthy Opponents: Representations of Female Warriors in Early Modern Art and Literature.


11:00 – Galit Iluz (Ph. D. candidate, Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Be’er Sheva), Samson and Delilah by Bernardino Mei: Carnival, Parlour Games and Female Authority.

11:30 – Margaret M. Barnes (M. A. candidate, University of Washington, Seattle),  “She Will Step on Thy Head”: Lucrina Fetti’s Saint Margaret as a Conqueror of Sin.

12:00 PM – Q&A – LUNCH BREAK

2:00 PM – Consuelo Lollobrigida (University of Arkansas Rome Center), Mathilda, Christine, and Maria Clementina. Warring Women in a man’s world.

2:30 – Patricia Rocco (Hunter College, City University of New York), From Victim to Virago: Women, War, and Violence in Early Modern Art.

3:30 Closing remarks: Closing speaker Vera Fortunati (Emerita, University of Bologna), Le due Giuditte di Lavinia Fontana: dall’ interpretazione religiosa controriformata alla femme forte.

4:30 – Guided Tour, Palazzo Spada 

6:45 – TEA BREAK

7:00 – Performance: La storia scordata, by Luana Testa.

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