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King Edith- a historic trajectory on a mysterious monarch

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Kingston Museum

Wheatfield Way

Kingston upon Thames

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This event forms part of Another Land, an exhibition and programme devised by students from the London Doctoral Design Centre. Hosted by Kingston Museum and the Stanley Picker Gallery, Another Land aims to showcase experimental visualisations of place in art and design research. For further events and exhibition details, please click here


In this narrative lecture, the story of the ‘forgotten’ King Edith, who was the first monarch crowned in Kingston at 855, is introduced. King Edith, like many of his historic companions such as Pope Joan (855–857) was erased from history because he was a she, a Queen, but one in drag. This presentation focuses on a feminist trajectory on the history of forgetting, based on ‘detoured’ archaeological evidences from Kingston museum. It will depict a scenario of what it would have meant to be a disguised woman in power at the turn of the first millennium.


Denise Ackerl's practice-based research uses a feminist methodology of juxtaposing different voices within a spectrum of power next to each other, to make the dominance of one over the other visible. She investigates the collapse of irreconcilable spheres in order to reveal what is hidden by the current consensus. In this talk, where Denise speculates on the hidden history of King Edith, She will take a similar approach by suggesting a feminist act of self-authorisation through a male drag.


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Since October 2015, Denise Ackerl is a practice-based PhD student at Chelsea College of Art, where she investigates strategies of resistance from a feminist performance perspective. Over the last three years she has been presenting at numerous conferences (UK, Germany, US, Lithuania, South Korea) as part of her research. In 2017 she received the TECHNE doctoral research award and in 2016 the MEAD British School at Rome research scholarship.

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