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Art Activist Barbie – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023

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Wednesday 8 March 2023

5pm - 6pm




Online study


Institute for Social Responsibility

A barbie doll in front of a painting holding a sign saying 'I refuse to be your muse'

The latest in ISR’s Good Society series is an International Women’s Day special which features an appearance from Art Activist Barbie. Dr Sarah Williamson will explore art activism and ‘good activism’ for social justice and a better world through her innovative and imaginative work which stages Barbie dolls in museums and art galleries. Expect to be educated and entertained by Sarah’s disruptive and subversive activism with a visual feast of photographs and behind the scenes stories.

Dr Sarah Williamson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, who teaches, publishes, presents and exhibits in the field of arts, society and education. Specialising in arts-based pedagogy and arts-based enquiry, Sarah researches the aesthetic construction of knowledge and the transformative value and impact of the arts in professional education.

She has been an invited member of 3 international research teams funded by 3 Canadian SSHRC grants to develop and investigate pedagogic and research practices for social justice and change in art galleries and museums. ‘ArtActivistBarbie’ on Twitter (@BarbieReports) is feminist activist work created by Sarah to explore the potential of social media for social justice. This has attracted national and international attention and Sarah’s book chapter ‘ArtActivistBarbie: The a/r/tographic re-deployment of Barbie in museums and galleries as a feminist activist and pedagogue’ was published in 2020. In 2018, Sarah was one of 6 lecturers shortlisted from all UK universities for the prestigious Times Higher Education ‘Most Innovative Teacher’ award.


5pmWelcome and introduction by Professor Victoria Foster
5.10pmDr Sarah Williamson presentation followed by Q&A

This is an online event via Zoom. The link to join the event will be circulated once registered.

This event is organised by ISR.

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