We love networking with fellow girl studies and museum professionals, as well as producing small events around the world. We have held awesome events for project launches, pop-up exhibitions, conferences, and film screenings. Check out a few of our highlights.
National Council on Public History Virtual Conference
In April 2020, Tiffany led a panel on girlhood studies for the virtual National Council on Public History conference. Tiffany discussed our Sites of Girlhood project and Jessie Swigger presented “Girls in the Wonder House” that discussed how the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has depicted girlhood from 1899 to 1940. Both sessions were offered virtually via our YouTube channel.
As a result of the conference, Tiffany was invited – and accepted – to produce an edited volume, A Girl Can Do: Recognizing and Representing Girlhood, with Vernon Press (2022).
AAANZ Conference in Auckland, New Zealand
At the beginning of December Ashley travelled to Auckland, NZ for the 2019 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference. The theme was Ngā Tūtaki – Encounter/s: Agency, Embodiment, Exchange, Ecologies. She was very busy as a conference volunteer, presenter, and convenor! She assisted with editing the conference program, convened an entire day (triple session) on “Looking for women and girls inside the institutions of art history,” ending the day with her own talk. Eight women (all from Australia, presented diverse and fascinating presentations about women curators, makers, subjects, and objects. She is very grateful to them for making her first conference convening a great experience.
While it changed focus from the original intentions, the paper she presented, called, “Check Your Privilege: Giving Girls a Voice in Art History,” will hopefully be expanded into an article for publication. It also forms part of the basis for her PhD research commencing in March 2020.
Re-connecting to people from Ashley’s academic and professional past, like Jane Legget, Caroline Vercoe, Len Bell and David Maskill, as well as make many new friends was a true joy. Another highlight was meeting Dr Maura Reilly, author of Curatorial Activism, who came all the way from New York, for a Masterclass and a keynote. She was very cool and informative. All around it a professional success and was a great time.
Ashley presenting, “Check Your Privilege: Giving Girls a Voice in Art History,” AAANZ 2019, Auckland NZ. Photo: Louise R Mayhew.
International Girl Studies Association 2nd Biennial Conference
In February 2019, three of our team members attended the second International Girls Studies Association conference, held in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame’s 5th Biennial International Gender Studies Conference. Tiffany Rhoades, Hillary Hanel, and Libby Burrows attended sessions and networked with our girl studies’ colleagues.
Hillary presented “Girl Museum and the Virtual Classroom: Exhibits, Artifacts, and Interactive Resources for Teaching and Learning” during a session about girls’ public history. She explored how teachers can make up for the inequity of girls’ names in history textbooks by including our resources in their curriculums.
Tiffany presented our 2020 project, “Sites of Girlhood,” a large-scale global project to put girls “on the map.” She described how the project came to be, how it will be presented, and how the IGSA and gender studies communities could help bring the project to life by submitting sites and promoting internships with us. Her presentation featured a poster about the project.
Hillary, Libby, and Tiffany after our Sites of Girlhood presentation at IGSA@ND 2019.
Museum Computer Network Conference, Colorado USA, 2018
In 2018, Education Advisor Hillary Hanel received a scholarship to attend the Museum Computer Network’s annual conference. Reflecting on the experience, she stated,
“This November, I was honored to be part of the group of scholars selected to present their work at the Museum Computer Network Conference in Denver, Colorado, USA. I learned about MCN while researching digital technologies being used in museums since that fits perfectly with our work at Girl Museum. I learned that MCN has a robust scholarship program to allow scholars to attend and participate at the annual conference. The 2018 group of scholars included museum professionals from around the world who presented their work on a variety of topics and experiences. Of course, I chose to give a lightning talk about my work with Girl Museum.
Virtual museums are a new idea, so the overall concept of this was the basis for my presentation. I shared the benefits (free for visitors, open 24/4, etc.) and implications (time zones, marketing, funding, etc.) of being a virtual museum. I also highlighted our 52 Objects exhibit to show how digitized collections can be used to curate in new ways. There was a lot to fit in a time limit of 5 minutes! Luckily, I was able to chat with many other MCN attendees throughout the week to discuss Girl Museum more in-depth.
In addition to the experience of presenting at an incredible conference, I enjoyed learning from fellow museum professionals. Did you know that 57% of people will benefit from accessibility features in museums at some point in their lives? This is from a great session about accessibility that suggested looking to video games to make museum tech more accessible. I also learned about some super cool museum mascots, who are now my favorite Twitter accounts (hi @MarktheMammot, @MSUMuseumBear, and @TomytheSheep). I met some of the museum world’s best and brightest, including Hannah Hethmon, author of “Your Museum Needs a Podcast” and I am a little starstruck to be in possession of the business cards of several Smithsonian staff members. For my live-tweets of MCN sessions, please visit my Twitter @HillaryHanel and #MCN2018.
Thank you MCN for this opportunity and thank you Girl Museum for the experiences that I was able to share!”
Hillary presents a lightning talk on Girl Museum at MCN 2018.
Hillary and the MCN scholars at MCN 2018.
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Laos, 2018
In November 2018, Head Girl Ashley E Remer presented a talk at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos, on Girl Museum, stories from our past ten years, her experience living in Laos, and our exhibitions.
Society for the History of Children and Youth, 2017
In late June, Head Girl Ashley E Remer attended the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) 2017 biennial conference held at Rutgers University – Camden, New Jersey campus. The conference theme was ‘Transition, Transaction, and Transgression’. She presented a paper on our Kiwi Chicks: New Zealand Girl History project as a showcase of girl history as well as how to create a successful public history project.
It was an excellent conference, with many new connections made as well as meeting longtime colleagues for the first time. Besides acquiring a new excellent intern for our team, Ashley became co-chair for the new Girls’ History and Culture Network (GHCN). In bits of free time, she got to visit the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology—a dream come true! An excellent collection and museum experience.
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!
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!
#LORTLive Webcast on Girls and Gaming
Tiffany Rhoades, our Program Developer, was a guest speaker for the #LORTLive weekly webcast on January 25, 2016. #LORTLive is produced by LORT Nation. You can view her discussion on Girl Museum, girls, and gaming at right.
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, 10×10, 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 D.C. hosted the launch of our exhibition, Girl or Sale. This show was a production between Girl Museum and the American Poetry Museum. Special thanks to Mary Case for supporting this event.
In the photos at right, Ashley poses with John West-Bey, and discusses issues related to human trafficking with attendees.
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.