SoCA ArmouriesThe SoCA Armouries is the venue for the conference “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science, and Technology,” June 23 to 28.

Conference a celebration of women in art and science

From June 23 to 28, the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts will host a conference celebrating women in art, science, and technology.

“FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science, and Technology 2024” will present cutting-edge interdisciplinary research across the arts and sciences through multi-modal audience engagement strategies.

For the first time in Canada, project director Jennifer Willet and collaborators will host 200 delegates in the School of Creative Arts. FEMeeting 2024 will include a new emphasis on spotlighting diverse artists, researchers, and scientists encouraging participation from BIPOC, 2SLGTBQ+, d/Deaf and participants living with disabilities.

Also new for this conference, a parallel public program called FEMeeting Showcase will bring world-class lectures, artworks, performances, and film screenings to local audiences in downtown Windsor.

Incubator Art Lab has a long history of producing innovative art and science events such as this for large-scale audiences, notes Dr. Willet.

“I am thrilled to host artists and researchers from all over the world, featuring world-class events, facilities, research, and creative activity here at the University of Windsor. I invite the local community to join us at our public events and share in celebrating the contributions that diverse women make in the fields of art, science, and technology,” she says. “If you have ever attended Incubator Art Lab events in the past, you know our parties are filled with whimsy, surprises, and delight — join us!”

On Sunday evening June 23, the plenary will feature three outstanding speakers: Nina Czegledy, an independent artist and curator; Catherine Febria, a Canada Research Chair, associate professor, and director of the Healthy Head Waters Lab at the University of Windsor; and Zainub Vergee, executive director of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

On Monday, June 24, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the exhibition opening “Elegy for a Cell,” curated by Mireille Bourgeois of IOTA Institute, will take place at the School of Creative Arts Gallery at 37 University Ave. East. The event is open to the public and will feature light snacks and a cash bar.

On Wednesday, June 26, 5 to 6 p.m., it’s the video screening “Tendrils,” curated by Bourgeois. The event is in the Multimedia Studio, Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts, located at 360 Freedom Way. It is open to the public, but seating is limited, so registration is required.

On Friday, June 28, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, the FEMS and GEMS’ plenary roundtable discussion variety and drag show will serve as the FEMeeting wrap-up party. Curated by Willet and Cole Fortier, this fun and irreverent event will be hosted by the Gentleman Scientist and Epoxy the drag queen and feature a Q&A with FEMeeting luminaries, live music, drag performers, spoken word poetry, and a sing-along.

For more information and registration, visit the Incubator Art Lab website.

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