We love networking with fellow girl studies and museum professionals, as well as producing fun events in physical spaces around the world. We have had awesome events for project launches, pop-up exhibitions, conferences, and film screenings. Check out some of our past events below.
If you are interested in partnering with us on an event, please let us know. We'd love to help bring girl culture to your next event!
International Women's Museums conference, 2016
In late October 2016, Head Girl Ashley E. Remer attended a women's museums conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Hosted by the Women's Museum of Istanbul, the conference included academics and museum directors from around the world. Ashley describes in her blog,
The conference concept was how women's museums act as agents of inclusion and social memory. What we discussed was so much more. While inclusion was a theme, it is also a desperate cry in such unstable situations we find ourselves in the world today. We learned how important issues of inclusion are for us all right now. And duly reminded about how all history (and memory) is political. I had no real idea of all that women currently face in Turkey. From the suppression/expulsion of academics and activists to the challenges of creating a women's museum in a war zone (Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey), we checked our privilege and were reminded of how lucky we are to do what we do under the banner of a democratic and free country.
After having amazing experiences and meeting such wonderful women, Ashley is looking forward to returning to Istanbul for the International Association of Women’s Museums conference in 2018.
Also be sure to check out our spotlight in Haber Turk. (Please note the article is in Turkish, and may not translate correctly.)
International Girl Studies Association Conference, 2016
Sarah Jackson and Katie Weidmann attended the International Girl Studies Association's inaugural conference in 2016 and presented about Girl Museum! They joined over 100 amazing women, all working or interested in the field of girls' studies. During 33 panels, Sarah and Katie got a glimpse of the latest research being conducted on girls' lives in the past and present. As Katie stated on our blog,
"Although girls studies is still a relatively new field, I was in awe–as were many of the attendees–at the range of topics being studied. To give you just a small selection of the topics, some of the panel titles included “Girl Cultures on YouTube,” “Queering Girlhood,” “Girls at the end of the World,” “Wartime Girlhood,” and “Violence and Justice in the Lives of Girls.”
One of the panels I attended was “Girls at the end of the World,” which looked at apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic sci-fi and horror. It had papers on the television shows The 100 and Spooks: Code 9, as well as the video game The Last of Us: Left Behind. Sadly, the paper on Caprica was cancelled due to a family illness. Trying to describe the papers is difficult; though I could include the abstracts of each one here, suffice it to say that they all looked at a wide range of topics, from agency (the abilty to make choices for oneself) to power, sacrifice, and passivity.
The entire conference was inspiring, from the realization that there are a lot of us who work in the area of girls studies, to the specific work that people are doing in the field. On a personal level, it was amazing to spend three days at an academic conference, something I don’t get to do much of these days. And because I was presenting on behalf of Girl Museum, it was so gratifying to see the level of interest in Girl Museum. Sarah and I both had so many people seek us out because they’re interested in future collaborations, and we felt the same way. I almost ran up to a few different presenters, begging them to work with us–and the best bit was that everyone was open to and excited by the idea!"
Sarah also had an amazing time!
"Like Katie, I left the conference feeling inspired, hopeful and completely exhausted! There were so many fantastic people doing amazing work and everyone was so enthused and approachable. It really felt like we were all united by our love and passion for making the world a better place for everyone - not just girls! I guess the whole conference can be summed up with Mary Celeste Kearney's final keynote, "Girls Make Media: Then, Now and So What?", which looked back at the development of the first in-depth study of girls' media production and Professor Kearney's first book. It began with fist-pumping blasts Riot Grrrl anthems by Bikini Kill and ended with a call to action, to bridge the gap betwen girls who make media and women who make media. All too often we see girls creating their own zines, videos, music - anything you can imagine! But many creative industries, especially film, are lacking women in key roles.We all know that girls are amazing and IGSA certainly proved that time and time again - now let's work together to make sure they have the opportunities they need to become extraordinary women!"
Girls in the Museum, 2013
Girl Museum and Te Papa Tongarewa hosted ‘Girls in the Museum’ in honour of International Day of the Girl (IDG) 2013, to promote dialogue about girls in fine arts and museum collections and to raise awareness about the NSTP/Girl Museum exhibition Kiwi Chicks: New Zealand Girl History This free event consisted of an introduction from UN Women; a discussion panel of museum curators examining representations of girls in art, museum collections and in the community; and a screening of the film, Girl Rising.
Participants: Ashley E Remer, Founder & Head Girl of Girl Museum; Sunshine Prior of UN Women; Lynette Townsend, Curator of Communities & Diversity; Rebecca Rice, Curator of New Zealand Art; Rachel Yates, Curator of Pacific Cultures, and high school girl moderators.
Produced by Girl Museum & National Services Te Paerangi
Supported by Friends of Te Papa, 10x10, UN Women
After Girl Power -- What Next? Conference, 2012
Junior Girls Vhari Finch and Katie Weidmann presented at the "After Girl Power -- What Next?" conference at the University of York in the U.K. Their presentation, "Inside/Outside Girl Museum," discussed the work that we do in girl studies. You can read Vhari's experience at the conference on our blog.
After Girl Power: What Next? explored the state of global girlhoods and the state of Girls’ Studies itself as an evolving discipline. It aimed to raise awareness about Girls’ Studies and girls’ issues in general and to bring together Girls’ Studies scholars, students, advocates for girls/youth, and local girls to encourage dialogue, networking and joint projects.
Girl for Sale, 2011
On March 31, 2011, The Corner Store in Washington DC hosted the launch of our exhibition, Girl for Sale. This show was a production between Girl Museum and the American Poetry Museum. Special thanks to Mary Case for supporting this event.
Hina Matsuri, 2010
In June and August 2010, Girl Museum produced pop-up exhibitions of Hina Matsuri: Celebrating Girls' Day in Japan at the Japanese festivals in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Special thanks to Briar Barry and Jane McGill for their assistance at events.