What is to be Done? Methodological Challenges to Art Historical Research in Central and Eastern Europe (International Conference, Iasi, RO)

“What is to be Done? Methodological Challenges to Art Historical Research in Central and Eastern Europe” is an International Conference organized by ICMA, UNAGE in Iasi, RO, in October 12 – 13, 2023.

Conference Program

Thursday, October 12

9.45 – 10.00 – Introduction

10.00 – 12.00

Panel 1: Revisiting socialist art: state-supported institutions, exhibitions, and cultural diplomacy

Tomasz Zaluski – Introduction: In Search of New Agendas. Potential Histories of Art & Modernization Under Socialism

Maja and Reuben Fowkes – Thirty Victorious Years: an exhibition of engaged realist art from ten socialist states that didn’t shake the world

Irina Cărăbaș – Mexican Art and Cultural Diplomacy in Romania

Ljiljana Kolešnik – Yugoslav practices of cultural exchange in visual arts and politics of non-alignment

12.00 – 13.00 – Lunch break

13.00 – 15.00

Panel 2: Revisiting socialist art: artists’ networks and exhibition histories

Pavlína Morganová – Introduction – The Society of Exhibition under Socialism: what we learnt and what is there to discover in exhibition histories

Mădălina Brașoveanu – State-supported subversion or acts of deterritorialization? How to describe “the alternative” in the art exhibitions from the 1980s in Romania?

Joanna Matuszak – The Nostalgic Lens: Exhibiting Art of the Global East in the West after 1989

Daniel Grúň – From (An)Archival to Decolonial: Research into Politics of Memory in Contemporary Art

15.00 – 15.30 – Coffee break

15.30 – 16.30

Keynote lecture

Edit András – Procrustean Bed or Freudian Couch. Which is the better fit for writing East-Central European Art History?

Friday, October 13

9.00 – 10.00 – Keynote lecture

Jérôme Bazin – How to exhibit socialist realism and (post-)modernism together?

10.00 – 10. 15 – Coffee break

10.15 – 12.15

Panel 3: Social art history and Marxism in a socialist and post-socialist context.

Cristian Nae – Introduction: Marxism and Socialism: An Unavoidable Connection?

Andrea Bátorova – Art history and its narratives in former Czechoslovakia before and after 1989

Jitka Šosová – Revisiting socialist art history: the intention and reality of post-socialist turn

Emese Kürti – The Anarchist and the Alchemist. Tamás Szentjóby’s (dis)position in Marxism

12.15 – 13.30 – Lunch break

13.30 – 15.30

Panel 4: Critical art history in Eastern Europe: race and visual culture

Zsuzsa László – Introduction: The Regional Origins of Situated and Critical Art History: What We Can Learn from it Today

Jakub Banasiak – Re-enchanting 1989. How to get beyond Critical Art History and Touch the Magic of the Postcommunist Transformation?

Alexei Markin – Images of black people in Soviet Union

Uschi Klein – Photography during Romania’s communist period: a missed opportunity or just a past time?

15.30 – 16.00 – Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00

Panel 5: Critical art history in Eastern Europe: gender, labor, and decoloniality

Karolina Wilczyńska – Radical Care as Practice of Female Artists in East-Central Europe after 1989

Karolina Majewska Güde – Integrating Artistic Research in Art History: Exploring Artistic Labor under Socialism from a Transgenerational Feminist Perspective

Daryna Skrynnyk-Myska – Decolonization in the optics of Ukrainian socio-critical art after the full-scale invasion of Russia

Radek Przedpełski – Post-artistic Geomedia. Reclaiming Jerzy Ludwiński’s Environmental Art History

Location: UNAGE, Studio Hall, Costache Negruzzi 7-9, Iasi (Google Maps)

Organized by: ICMA – The Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in the Arts, UNAGE, Iasi, Romania

In collaboration with: Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, KEMKI-Central European Research Institute for Art History, Budapest and the University of Lodz

The conference is funded by CNFIS (The National Council for Financing Higher Education in Romania) through a Fund for Institutional Development, CNFIS-FDI-2023-F-0142.