Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History

Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano and Kalia Brooks Nelson (eds.)

The essays in this book chart how women’s profound and turbulent experiences of migration have been articulated in writing, photography, art and film. As a whole, the volume gives an impression of a wide range of migratory events from women’s perspectives, covering the Caribbean Diaspora, refugees and slavery through the various lenses of politics and war, love and family.
The contributors, which include academics and artists, offer both personal and critical points of view on the artistic and historical repositories of these experiences. Selfies, motherhood, violence and Hollywood all feature in this substantial treasure-trove of women’s joy and suffering, disaster and delight, place, memory and identity.
This collection appeals to artists and scholars of the humanities, particularly within the social sciences; though there is much to recommend it to creatives seeking inspiration or counsel on the issue of migratory experiences.

Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History
Edited by Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano and Kalia Brooks Nelson | Forthcoming 2019
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-565-4
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-566-1
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-78374-567-8
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-78374-568-5
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-78374-569-2
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0153
Subject codes: BIC: AG (art treatments and subjects), AJ (Photography and photographs), JFFN (Migration, immigration and emigration), JFS (Social Groups); BISAC: SOC008000 (SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General), SOC007000 (SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration), SOC028000 (SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies)

Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD, is a New York based independent curator, educator and writer. Brooks is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Brooks holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2006, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008. She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Brooks is also currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.

Ellyn Toscano is Executive Director of New York University Florence. She directs NYU’s Villa La Pietra, a fifteenth-century villa and collection of six thousand objects dating from the Etruscans to the twentieth century. She founded and directs La Pietra Dialogues, a year-long series of conferences and talks, and founded and produces The Season, a summer cultural festival in the Villa’s expansive gardens. Before arriving at NYU Florence, Ms. Toscano served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Jose Serrano of New York, was his chief policy advisor and directed his work on the Appropriations Committee. Ms. Toscano also served as counsel to the New York State Assembly Committee on Education for nine years. She has served on the boards of several prominent arts and cultural institutions including the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as the representative of the Brooklyn Borough President). In Italy, she serves on the board of the Museo Marino Marini in Florence, and the Italian Advisory Council of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. A lawyer by training, Ms. Toscano earned an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.

Deborah Willis, PhD, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book Envisioning Emancipation. Other notable projects include Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, an NAACP Image Award Literature Winner.