• CFP: The Royal Palace in the Europe of Revolutions (Paris, January 2017)

    CFP: The Royal Palace in the Europe of Revolutions (Paris, January 2017)
    Deadline: Aug 31, 2016

    The Royal Palace in the Europe of Revolutions

    International symposium organized by Basile Baudez and Adrián Almoguera
    Centre André Chastel, Paris
    January 2017

    Conference languages: English, French, Italian

    Since the publication of Nikolaus Pevsner’s History of Building Types in 1976, architectural historians have been alert to the importance of typologies for rethinking their discipline. As analyzed by Werner Szambien or Jacques Lucan, thinking through types allowed for the articulation of concepts of convenance, character and composition in both public and private commissions. Along with metropolitan churches and royal basilicas, in ancien régime Europe princely palaces represented the most prestigious program an architect could expect. For a period in which the divine right of kings was being called into question, however, what happened to the physical structures of royal or princely power, symbol of political authority and dynastic seats? Did the national models of the Escorial, Versailles, Het Loo or Saint James palaces still hold, even in light of new models made available through the publication of archeological discoveries in Rome or Split? The second half of the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth century represent a moment of intense construction or reconstruction of the principal European palaces, from Caserta to Buckingham Palace, Saint-Petersburg to Lisbon, Versailles to Coblenz. This trend, addressed by Percier and Fontaine in their Résidences des souverains de France, d’Allemagne, de Russie, etc. (1833), took place in a Europe that was undergoing political developments that altogether changed the nature and symbolic structure of princely power.

    This symposium, focused on Europe from roughly 1750 to 1850, aims to interrogate the manner in which architects and their patrons integrated the changing concepts of character in architecture and symbolic place of dynastic palaces, reconciling them with theory and/or practice through rethinking issues of distribution, construction, environmental situation, décor, function, reuse of interpretations of printed or drawn sources.

    Submissions of 500 words (maximum) should be sent to and

  • ANN: Public Talk: Tracing the Afterlives of Communism in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe / Ksenia Nouril

    ANN: Public Talk: Tracing the Afterlives of Communism in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe / Ksenia Nouril

    You are warmly invited to a public talk by SHERA Secretary and Treasurer on the artists Olga Chernysheva and Deimantas Narkevičius at the New York Public Library on Tuesday, July 12 at 6pm.

    Her talk talk, “Tracing the Afterlives of Communism in Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe,” will take place in the Celeste Auditorium in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. All Public Library Programs are free of charge.

    Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, how have contemporary artists from Eastern Europe borne witness to the slow but steady disappearance of communism from everyday life? In its wake, what vestiges of this ideology were left behind? How do artists mediate these traces of their communist pasts by returning to this often-fraught history in artworks that then circulate as commodities on the global art market? Ksenia Nouril will address the historical turn in the recent work of Olga Chernysheva and Deimantas Narkevičius, who are based in Moscow, Russia and Vilnius, Lithuania, respectively.

    Chernysheva and Narkevičius came of age in the Soviet Union during the 1980s, a period known as perestroika or reconstruction, when political, social, and economic reforms aimed to bolster the failing project of communism after years of stagnation. Thus, in their formative years as artists, they experienced the disintegration of Soviet society. Today, through their patient but in no way passive observation of their surroundings, they capture the byproducts of communism still visibly and physically entrenched in the volatile and fragile post-Soviet socio-political ecosystem.

    Nouril’s talk draws upon the writings of Svetlana Boym, Paul Ricoeur, and others, contextualizing contemporary Eastern European art with a larger discourse of studies on history, memory, and trauma.

    Olga Chernysheva (b. 1962) lives and works in Moscow. She was trained in animation at the Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow and also studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Chernysheva represented Russia in the 2001 Venice Biennale and has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at BAK, Utrecht and Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany. She has participated in numerous prominent group exhibitions and international biennials. More recently, her work was included in the exhibition All the Worlds’ Futures in the Arsenale at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), curated by Okwui Enwezor. In October 2016, she will have an exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York.

    Deimantas Narkevičius (b. 1964) lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. He studied sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts and was a resident at the Delfina Foundation in London from 1992 to 1993. He is one of the most consistent and widely recognized Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented Lithuania at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale Utopia Station in 2003, and in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. His work is in more than two dozen private and public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, and the French National Collection.

    Ksenia Nouril is a Brooklyn-based art historian and curator. She is a Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she researches and plans programming related to Central and Eastern European art. A PhD candidate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, she is writing her dissertation on contemporary Eastern European artists whose practices address the legacies of socialism. Her research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graduate School-New Brunswick, and the Avenir Foundation. Previously, she worked as a Dodge Fellow at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ, where she organized Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection, an exhibition examining unofficial Soviet art during the Cold War. She has published in The Calvert Journal, Art Margins Online, and Inside/Out. She is an editor of and contributor to post: notes on modern and contemporary art, MoMA’s online platform for digital publishing and collaborative research on art from around the globe.

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  • ANN: Welcome to our New Member, The St. Petersburg Arts Project!

    We are delighted to announce that The St. Petersburg Arts Project is now a member of SHERA

    ‘St. Petersburg Arts Project’ is a New York based non-for-profit foundation, originally established in 1999 to promote cultural exchange between American and Russian art communities. For the past 17 years the foundation has successfully launched festivals and exhibitions in many cities such as London, New York, Washington, St. Petersburg and Berlin, to engage artists and audiences from the two countries in cultural exchange. In 2005, the foundation expanded its mission to multi-cultural artistic community building. The foundation continues to rely upon traditional means of communication such as publication of articles in international journals, lectures and the organization of exhibitions. Additionally, it uses and develops new media technologies to reach artists and the general public in different corners of the world.

  • ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    Our member Productive Arts is pleased to announce the May 2016 catalogue of rare and unique Soviet era essays, cover designs, illustrations, posters, books and posters for sale, including images by Rodchenko, Klucis, Popova, Lissitzky and Lebedev.

    Please browse their online catalogue for more information.

    Contact details:


    10501 Lakeshore Blvd #3
    Bratenahl OH 44108 USA

  • ANN: ASEEES Conference in LVIV-Panel on 28 June

    ANN: ASEEES Conference in LVIV-Panel on 28 June

    Panel on Social Memory: “Identifying Wartime Losses and Displaced Valuables: Eyes on Ukraine”
    Session 9, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:30-6:15PM

    Presentation Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

    Location: Room 05
    Many specialists estimate that two-thirds of the cultural losses of the Soviet Union during the Second World War were from the territory that today in independent Ukraine. But even after 25 years of independence, Ukraine has still not compiled a complete, or even partial, register of its war losses. More attention to such a register, to be sure, would aid in the identification and possible recovery of lost treasures that might surface abroad. The Khanenko Museum in Kyiv is the only museum to have published an English-language catalogue (1998) with limited illustrations of paintings lost during the war. With German coordination all of the listings were entered in the Internet database in Magdeburg. Thanks to that listing and the Art Loss Register (London), in April 2015 a 17th-century Dutch painting that surfaced on auction in the Netherlands returned to Kyiv the first to have returned from abroad in 70 years. This panel will discuss the progress during Ukraine’s quarter century of independence to identify more of its war losses so they will be known abroad. And will present the newly published book about war losses and postwar holdings in the Simferopol Art Museum, the first published account and catalogue of ‘trophy” paintings from Germany in Ukraine.

    Chair: Wesley A. Fisher, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

    Discussants ● Konstantin Akinsha, Independent Scholar

    Presenters: Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Harvard U (US)/ International Inst of Social History (Netherlands)
    “Tracing Pan‐European Looted Art in Russia and Poland: The Erich Koch Collection as Example”

    Sergei Kot [Сергей Кот], Institute of History of Ukraine, NASU (Ukraine)
    “Ukrainian Cultural Losses: ‘Displaced’ Valuables, and the Long Road to Retrieval”

    Irina Tarsis, Ctr for Art Law (US)
    “One‐track Mind: Polish Lessons for Art Restitution Claims and Dispute Resolution Alternatives”

    For the full programme of the conference, please see ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention

  • Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh on her new Tenure Track Position!

    Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh on her new Tenure Track Position!

    Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh

    Congratulations to our member, Dr. Allison Leigh, who has just accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana! The students of UL are lucky to have you! Best of luck in your new position.

  • ANN: 2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

    2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients
    ASEEES is delighted to announce the 2016 Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship recipients.
    The Cohen-Tucker Fellowship Program is sponsored by the KAT Charitable Foundation, which we thank for its generous support.

    Susan Grunewald Carnegie Mellon University
    Erin Hutchinson Harvard University
    Dakota Irvin UNC Chapel Hill
    Kelsey Norris University of Pennsylvania
    John Romero Arizona State University
    John Seitz Iowa State University

    You can read the announcement with their dissertation titles and brief descriptions at: Congratulations to the six Cohen-Tucker Fellows!

    2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize Nomination Extended Deadline, June 15
    The deadline for the 2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize nominations has been extended to June 15. The Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize recognizes an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or Post-Soviet politics and history in the tradition practiced by Robert C. Tucker and Stephen F. Cohen. The dissertation must be defended at an American or Canadian university, and must be completed during the 2015 calendar year. The prize carries a $5,000 award, intended to help the author turn the dissertation into a publishable manuscript. For more information see

    2016 Annual Convention Travel Grants
    The deadlines for travel grants to the 2016 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, are approaching quickly:

    Extended Registration Deadline for 2016 ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention in Lviv, Ukraine
    The registration deadline for the ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention has been extended to May 25:
    You can view the preliminary convention program at:

  • CFP: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

    CFP: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference
    SAH 2017 Annual International Conference
    Glasgow, Scotland, June 7-11

    The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 33 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

    Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks are listed below. Please note that those submitting papers for the Graduate Student Lightning Talks must be graduate students at the time the talk is being delivered (June 7–11, 2017). Open sessions are available for those whose research does not match any of the themed sessions. Instructions and deadlines for submitting to themed sessions and open sessions are the same.

    Submission Guidelines:

    Abstracts must be under 300 words.
    The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
    Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
    Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be submitted.
    A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted.

    ‘A Narrow Place’: Architecture and the Scottish Diaspora
    Architectural Ghosts
    Architecture and Carbon
    Architecture and Immigration in the Twentieth Century
    Chinese Architecture and Gardens in a Global Context
    City Models: Making and Remaking Urban Space
    Colour and Light in Venetian Architecture
    Culture, Leisure and the Post-War City: Renewal and Identity
    Evidence and Narrative in Architectural History
    Graduate Student Lightning Talks
    Heritage and History in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Landscape and Garden Exchanges between Scotland and America
    Mass Housing ‘Elsewhere’
    Medieval Vernacular Architecture
    Mediterranean Cities in Transition
    National, International: Counterculture as a Global Enterprise
    Natural Disasters and the Rebuilding of Cities
    On Style
    Penetrable Walls: Architecture at the Edges of the Roman Empire
    Piranesi at 300
    Preserving and Repurposing Social Housing: Pitfalls and Promises
    Publicly Postmo / dern: Government Agency and 1980s Architecture
    Questions of Scale: Micro-architecture in the Global Middle Ages
    Reading the Walls: From Tombstones to Public Screens
    Reinserting Latin America in the History of Modernism: 1965–1990
    Reopening the Open Plan
    Rethinking Medieval Rome: Architecture and Urbanism
    Spaces of Displacement
    The Architecture of Ancient Spectacle
    The Architecture of Coal and Other Energies
    The Global and the Local in Vernacular Architecture Studies
    The Poetics of Roman Architecture
    The Politics of Memory, Territory, and Heritage in Iraq and Syria
    The Tenement: Collective City Dwelling Before Modernism

  • CFP: Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism

    CFP: Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism

    We are pleased to announce call for paper proposals for the panel “Art and Social Practice in Eastern Europe after Socialism”, which will be a part of the 2016 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC). The conference will take place on 27–30 OCT. 2016 UQÀM, Montréal

    The deadline for paper proposals is June 24, 2016

    After the collapse of Communism in 1989, former Soviet-bloc countries faced the urge to reintegrate art practice into the international art scene in order to revive national traditions as well as to reassess the Communist past. Nowadays, artists explore art as social practice, commenting on political and post-colonial activism, gender, and environmental issues, and addressing their concerns to a global audience. Eastern European artists deliberately or implicitly reframe the historical experience of former Socialist societies that had been developed under the Marxist ideas of a non-hierarchical society, social order in culture, and politically engaged art. How is the concept of socially significant, class-specific art now implemented and/or contested by artists and audience? We encourage scholars and art practitioners to reflect on how Socialist cultures influenced the contemporary cultural exchange. We invite prospective panelists to link the contemporary social agenda in art to the Socialist ideological background and intellectual legacy of post- Socialist countries. The organizers expect to bring together diverse approaches to the Socialist/social agenda of the past and its influence on visual culture of post-Socialist societies in a global perspective.

    Please, submit your paper proposals (150 words) and short one-page bios/CV to the session chairs:
    Hanna Chuchvaha, Sessional Instructor/Independent scholar, University of Alberta
    Maria Silina, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Université du Québec à Montréal

  • ANN: Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

    ANN: Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and it is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty, including early career, and professionals.

    Czech Republic: Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair in Social Studies
    This teaching or teaching/research award is open to senior scholars or professionals, and is open to any specialization offered at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University.

    Macedonia: Rule of Law, Judiciary Reform and Civil Society
    Teach or teach/research at any appropriate institution in Macedonia. Contact information for five potential host institutions can be found in the award description.

    Poland: Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University
    Teach one general course for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a more specialized seminar for Ph.D. students. Scholars are encouraged to participate collaborative research with AMU scholars.

    Romania: Fulbright-University of Bucharest
    This award is open to a wide variety of disciplines, including Communications, Creative Writing, History (non-U.S.), and Sociology. Scholars will have access to a range of academic, cultural and social events, in addition to opportunities provided by the Fulbright Commission.

    Russia: All Disciplines
    Spend one or two semesters teaching and/or researching in any discipline. This award is open to both academics and professionals outside of academia.

    Ukraine: Public Administration, NGO Management, Health Administration or Public Health
    Teach or teach/research in various areas of specialization, including public policy, leadership, public finance, urban administration, city planning, NGO management and development, health administration and public health.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the application deadline is August 1, 2016. Additional Eligibility Criteria, Application Guidelines and Review Criteria are available on our website, and we offer webinars throughout the application season. A complete schedule of upcoming and archived presentations can be found here.

    For more information, contact: