[artinfo] (fwd) CFP: Subversive Practices

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Fri Sep 26 10:05:46 CEST 2014

From: Amy Bryzgel <a.bryzgel at abdn.ac.uk>
Date: Sep 23, 2014
Subject: CFP: Session at AAH conference (Norwich, 9-11 Apr 15)

AAH 2015 41st Annual Conference & Bookfair, 
Sainsbury Centre for Art, UEA, Norwich, April, 
9-11, 2015
Deadline: Nov 10, 2014

Call for Papers for the Session: Subversive 
Practices and Imagined Realities in Central, 
Eastern and Southern Europe since 1945

Session Convenors:
Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen, a.bryzgel at abdn.ac.uk
Andrea Euringer-Bátorová, Academy of Fine Arts 
and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia, 
euringer-batorova at vsvu.sk

In communist Central, Eastern and Southern 
Europe, the building of socialism had as its 
final endpoint a utopia that provided the 
ultimate motivation: sacrifice now, reward later. 
In its sheer impossibility, it was an elusive and 
illusory dream that formed the foundation for 
everyday life under totalitarian regime. Within 
this visionary world, artists such as Alexander 
Mlynarcik (Slovakia), Marko Kovacic (Slovenia) or 
Mark Verlan (Moldova), created their own parallel 
worlds, utopias, dystopias, and fantastic 
domains. In many cases, alternative and 
nonofficial artists' works served to carve out a 
unique space in the so-called "grey zone" of 
Europe, which offered an alternative not only to 
state-sponsored socialism, but also to Western 
capitalism, both of which many artists and 
dissidents viewed with equal suspicion. This 
panel will examine a range of artistic ideas, 
participative strategies, subversive practices, 
networks and projects (imaginary or real), which 
demonstrate an alternative sphere of thinking and 
modes of creative living, and which possibly 
attempt to move beyond the classical binary 
systems of West and East - all from within an 
everyday world order that seemed to be set in 
stone. We also invite papers that offer a more 
differentiated view, even extending to the 
post-socialist period, aiming to re-evaluate the 
nexus of aesthetics and politics and produce new 
interpretations and analytical approaches 
regarding counterculture and censorship, which 
explore the relational aspects of following 
binaries: official and unofficial, political and 
apolitical, permitted and prohibited - under 
totalitarian rule.

The deadline for abstracts is November 10, 2014. 
Paper proposals must be emailed directly to the 
session convenor(s). You must provide a 250 word 
abstract for a 30 minute paper. Include your name 
and institution affiliation (if any). Please 
follow the format found in the "Paper Proposal 
Guidelines" document found here: 
You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt 
of your submission within two weeks from the 
session convenor(s). - See more at: 

Unfortunately no fee is payable to speakers; all 
speakers must register and pay to attend the 

See more at: http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/sessions2015
and: http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/sessions2015/session27

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Session at AAH conference (Norwich, 9-11 Apr 
15). In: H-ArtHist, Sep 24, 2014. 

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