CALL FOR PAPERS: Theorizing the Geography of East-Central European Art

15 grudnia 2017
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East-Central European Art Forum
Inaugural conference 

Theorizing the Geography of East-Central European Art
26-27 October 2018

We intend to initiate the East-Central European Art Forum – regular, biennial meetings of scholars working on East-Central European art of the 20th and 21st century.

Forums will be organized alternately in Poznań (at the Adam Mickiewicz University where Piotr Piotrowski worked throughout his life) and in another city important for the research on the region, but not necessarily restricted to its geographic boundaries. Such a global perspective was strongly advocated by Piotrowski during the final stages of his work. The first Forum will be organized in Poznań in October of 2018.

The inaugural conference will focus on issues raised by Piotrowski in his books. Entitled Theorizing the Geography of East-Central European Art, the conference will address the notion of critical cartography (as introduced by Irit Rogoff) and various theoretical approaches towards it. 

We assume that conference presentations will encourage re-thinking of the following issues:
–  notions of Central, Eastern, and East-Central Europe
–  notions of Communist and Post-Communist Europe, Former East/West, Former Eastern Europe
–  notion of the Other (both close and distant)
–  relational and critical geographies as appearing in art historical narratives of East-Central European art
–  map as seen from the peripheries
–  location(s) and relativization of the center
– horizontal art history
– global maps – binary vs rhizomatic structures
– East-Central European art historical narratives in the context of national and glocal politics
but that they will also offer new categories and interpretative approaches.

Abstracts (1500-2000 characters) and a short bio should be sent until February 4, 2018.
Authors of submitted proposals will be notified of acceptance by the end of February 2018.
All submissions should be sent to

More information (PDF): East-Central European Art Forum, 26-27.10.2018 Poznań 

The conference is supported by ERSTE Foundation.