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Supporting women with learning disabilities in infant feeding decisions: UK health care professionals' experiences (2022)
Journal Article
Douglass, E., Dowling, S., Johnson, C., & Lucas, G. (in press). Supporting women with learning disabilities in infant feeding decisions: UK health care professionals' experiences. Maternal and Child Nutrition, e13432. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13432

Women with learning disabilities are less likely to breastfeed than other women. They may find it hard to understand or learn feeding techniques or know that they have infant feeding choices. This population may be supported during their pregnancies... Read More about Supporting women with learning disabilities in infant feeding decisions: UK health care professionals' experiences.

Ways of writing (2022)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (in press). Ways of writing. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice,

This Editorial charts the journey from an initial conversation amongst Visual Culture colleagues at the University of the West of England to this special issue on Ways of Writing in Art and Design. It describes our intention to imagine forms of writi... Read More about Ways of writing.

Searching for Lauren Berlant: Reflections on writing, temporality and loss (2022)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (in press). Searching for Lauren Berlant: Reflections on writing, temporality and loss. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice,

This article reflects on the difficulties of writing with/alongside creative practice during periods of lockdown endured as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It follows my search for insight in the work of Lauren Berlant and desire to make sense of... Read More about Searching for Lauren Berlant: Reflections on writing, temporality and loss.

The radical potential in becoming: Disembodied breasts and maternal femininity (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Rintoul, J., & Johnson, C. (2022, May). The radical potential in becoming: Disembodied breasts and maternal femininity. Paper presented at The Virgin’s Milk in Global Perspective: On the Fluidity of Images and the Politics of Divine Presence, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA

Renaissance depictions of the Nursing Virgin are replete with incongruities and juxtapositions. Her rounded feeding breast is absurdly positioned and shaped in contrast to a flat space where her non-feeding breast should be; She has a dual identity a... Read More about The radical potential in becoming: Disembodied breasts and maternal femininity.

Supporting women with learning disabilities in infant feeding decisions: A scoping review (2022)
Journal Article
Johnson, C., Douglass, E., Lucas, G., & Dowling, S. (2022). Supporting women with learning disabilities in infant feeding decisions: A scoping review. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 18(2), Article e13318. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13318

Mothers with learning disabilities face many challenges during the perinatal period including preparing for and establishing infant feeding. Evidence shows that women with learning disabilities are less likely to breastfeed than other mothers. A scop... Read More about Supporting women with learning disabilities in infant feeding decisions: A scoping review.

Feminist and queer arts activism (2020)
Book Chapter
Johnson, C. (2020). Feminist and queer arts activism. In B. Keith Alexander, J. Faber McAlister, & M. Niles Goins (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429448317

This chapter adopts an historiographic approach to the field of feminist and queer arts activisms, which privileges ideas of affinity and resonance between artists of different generations rather than canonical notions of chronology, precedence and s... Read More about Feminist and queer arts activism.

Maternal art and post-natal wellbeing: Proximity and separation in Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008) (2019)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2019). Maternal art and post-natal wellbeing: Proximity and separation in Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008). Studies in the Maternal, 11(1), Article 1. https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.263

This article discusses two photographic artworks that challenge popular narratives of failed or achieved maternal femininity. My readings of Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time: a document of maternity leave (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008) are inf... Read More about Maternal art and post-natal wellbeing: Proximity and separation in Lena Simic’s Contemplation Time (2007-8) and Eti Wade’s Jocasta (2008).

From nursing Virgins to brelfies: The project of maternal femininity (2019)
Journal Article
Johnson, C., & Rintoul, J. (2019). From nursing Virgins to brelfies: The project of maternal femininity. Journal of Gender Studies, 28(8), 918-936. https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2019.1607267

Contemporary debates about breastfeeding are saturated with ideas about what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ mothering, ‘achieved’ or ‘failed’ femininity frequently derived from Christian representations of the Virgin Mother. In this article we trace de... Read More about From nursing Virgins to brelfies: The project of maternal femininity.

Waiting for Marina: Generosity and shared time in Marina Abramovic's 512 Hours (2018)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2018). Waiting for Marina: Generosity and shared time in Marina Abramovic's 512 Hours

This presentation examines Marina Abramović’s performance, 512 Hours (Serpentine Gallery, London, 2014) as a catalyst for thinking about forms of criticality needed to respond to contemporary conditions of neoliberal culture. I ask what kind of criti... Read More about Waiting for Marina: Generosity and shared time in Marina Abramovic's 512 Hours.

Gendered violence (2012)
Journal Article
Franklin, A., & Johnson, C. Gendered violence. Manuscript submitted for publication

What do radical feminist art films look like? Desire and duration in Sam Taylor-Wood’s David (2004) (2010)
Presentation / Conference
Johnson, C. (2010, September). What do radical feminist art films look like? Desire and duration in Sam Taylor-Wood’s David (2004). Paper presented at Radical British Screens, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

British feminist art practice has a rich heritage of radical filmmaking, which has contributed to an understanding of radical feminist practice as subversive and oppositional. Crucial as these strategies are, the grounds upon which they were founded... Read More about What do radical feminist art films look like? Desire and duration in Sam Taylor-Wood’s David (2004).

Emin is screaming: Empathy as affirmative engagement in Tracey Emin's Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998) (2010)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2010). Emin is screaming: Empathy as affirmative engagement in Tracey Emin's Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998). Parallax, 16(3), 96-104. https://doi.org/10.1080/13534645.2010.486676

This article explores the concept of empathy as an affirmative feminist engagement with Tracey Emin’s short film Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998). I consider the ‘work’ that art does in terms of empathic possibility asking why t... Read More about Emin is screaming: Empathy as affirmative engagement in Tracey Emin's Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998).

The embodied intellectual: Impression and contact as political currency (2008)
Presentation / Conference
Johnson, C. (2008, May). The embodied intellectual: Impression and contact as political currency. Paper presented at Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, Ideas

This paper explores the idea of the embodied intellectual through notions of contact, impression and affect. Through my reading of Tracey Emin’s short film Why I Never Became a Dancer, 1995, I consider the relation of criticality to haptic visuality... Read More about The embodied intellectual: Impression and contact as political currency.

Performance photographs and the (un)clothed body: Yoko Ono's Cut Piece
Working Paper
Johnson, C. Performance photographs and the (un)clothed body: Yoko Ono's Cut Piece

This is a working paper. Clothing played an important role in a number of performance art events during the 1960s and 1970s. Performances such as Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1964), Marina Abramović’s Rhythm 0 (1974) and Hannah Wilke’s Super-T-Art (1974)... Read More about Performance photographs and the (un)clothed body: Yoko Ono's Cut Piece.