[spectre] Fwd: Gender Politics & the Art of Europ. Socialist States, travelling seminar 2019/20

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Fri Feb 8 08:14:54 CET 2019

From: Agata Jakubowska <jagata at amu.edu.pl>
Date: Feb 7, 2019
Subject: ANN: Gender Politics & the Art of Europ. Socialist States, 
travelling seminar 2019/20

Poznań, Zagreb, Timișoara
Deadline: Mar 31, 2019

“Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States,” is a new 
project launched with the support of the Getty Foundation as part of its 
Connecting Art Histories initiative. Doctorate students from 
East-Central Europe are encouraged to apply for this travelling research 
seminar that will take place during the academic year 2019/2020 and will 
consist of three one-week seminars organized in Poznań, Zagreb and 

The project aims to provide a space for established researchers and 
scholars at a very early stage of their careers to network academically 
on a topic of mutual interest. This course structure not only enables 
the dissemination of new knowledge gained through the participants’ 
research and exchange of information relevant to the seminar’s theme 
(available resources, events, etc.), but also creates the potential for 
joint projects in the future.

The “Gender Politics and the Art of Eastern Socialist States” research 
seminar will cover the period between 1945–1989. The “Gender Politics 
and Art” formulation refers to our interest in relationships between the 
visual arts and various discourses related to gender that circulated in 
socialist states, including debates about education, sexuality, 
architecture, health, state security, etc., all of which contributed to 
how gender roles were conceptualized. The seminar will focus on the way 
artists addressed, examined, and questioned the socio-political 
construction of gender (masculinity and femininity) and 
heteronormativity. It will also examine how private lives and intimacy 
were regulated by communist governments as well as the ideas of home and 
family propagated by communist governments, but also supported by 
national and religious traditions, along with gender relations in 
education and the workplace. It will also offer a study on the way 
feminist art (history) discourse functioned in communist countries and 
how it manifested itself in individual works and women’s collective action.

The seminar will consist of three one-week meetings—September 2019 in 
Poznań at the Adam Mickiewicz University, January 2020 in Zagreb at the 
Institute of Art History, and May 2020 in Timișoara at the West 
University of Timișoara. All these seminar meetings will be co-taught by 
three senior researchers—Agata Jakubowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, 
Poznań, Poland), Ljiljana Kolešnik (Institute of Art History, Zagreb), 
Ileana Pintilie Teleagă (West University of Timișoara), with the help of 
their teaching assistants.
Each one-week meeting will comprise a varied set of activities: 
lectures, discussions of the readings (and, possibly, documentary 
films), presentations of the participants’ research, meetings with 
faculties from the host institutions and study visits to galleries, 
museums, and artists’ studios. Guest speakers from countries other than 
those of the senior researchers will be invited for single lectures. 
Each guest session will consist of presentations by two guest speakers, 
one from East-Central Europe and one from South America/Asia/Africa
The research seminar will maintain an interactive e-learning site where 
each participant and faculty member can create a personal profile, post 
learning materials, and circulate information relevant to the subject of 
the seminar before and during the course.

The seminar will gather a group of graduate students working on various 
aspects of “Gender Politics in the Art of European Socialist States”. 
Graduate students from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and 
the post-Soviet republics are encouraged to apply. Mainly PhD candidates 
are expected to participate, but the seminar is also be open to MA 
students conducting advanced research.

Travel, accommodation and meals will be arranged and covered by the 
organizing institution.

To apply, please submit: 1.    1. Your name, email address, 
institutional affiliation, and postal address; 2.    a curriculum vitae, 
including a list of publications, if any;
3.    a statement of purpose, which should describe how the seminar is 
relevant to your research and in what way you expect to benefit from it 
(approximately 2-3 pages)
4.    the names and contact details of two faculty members or thesis 
supervisors who can attest to your academic performance. Optional 
attachment - a copy of an article in English published recently (if 
available) and/or a master’s/doctoral research project (up to 5 pages)

Please email the documents specified above (as a single PDF document to 
cah at amu.edu.pl by March 31, 2019.

Department of Art History and the Piotr Piotrowski Research Center on 
East-Central European Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, 

For enquiries, please contact Maryna Płuchator (Program administrative 
assistant) cah at amu.edu.pl or Agata Jakubowska (Program director) 
jagata at amu.edu.pl

This program is made possible with support from the Getty Foundation 
through its Connecting Art Histories initiative.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
ANN: Gender Politics & the Art of Europ. Socialist States, travelling 
seminar 2019/20. In: ArtHist.net, Feb 7, 2019. 


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