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  • CFP: Nostalgia

    CFP: Nostalgia

    Birkbeck College, University of London
    Deadline: Apr 20, 2016

    The Dandelion editors seek submissions on the theme of NOSTALGIA for their forthcoming issue.

    Nostalgia is a ubiquitous presence in contemporary culture. Images and fantasies of the past permeate cultural and political discourses: from the mediated recycling of retro culture and popular history, to nostalgia as a method of political renewal (for example, Donald Trump’s campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again!’ and Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ‘45).

    Nostalgia is readily apparent in the current popularity of culture that celebrates our national past, while self-styled ‘progressive’ cultural institutions are increasingly turning to the past in order to better understand the contemporary: for instance, the reproduction of Richard Hamilton’s installations ‘Man, Machine and Motion’ (1955) and ‘an Exhibit’ (1957) at the ICA, London, in 2014. As the RetroDada manifesto declares ‘why shouldn’t a .gif run backwards as well as forwards?’

    To this end we ask: why the resurgence of nostalgia? Is it merely a displacement strategy for a world convulsed by social, political, economic, and environmental crisis, or is there something salvageable in its longing for a prior wholeness, in its desire to seek out a moment when the new was still possible? Should nostalgia be condemned as an ethical and aesthetic failure? Is nostalgia a hindrance to making it new; a symptom of lateness, of a loss of the future? Or can nostalgia be a productive force that provides, both for the self and society, insights into our present?

    This journal invites submissions that address the theme of nostalgia across the spectrum of Arts and Humanities research.

    Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • Genealogies of nostalgia: from its earliest expositions in medical science through its Romantic and now latest twenty-first century phase • Homesickness, exile and diaspora • Nostalgia, nationalism and the nation • Postcolonial nostalgia
    • Institutionalised nostalgia: heritage, memorials and/or museums • Life writing and memoirs • The restaging of exhibitions and past live art events • Nostalgia and film: remakes, mediating history through dramatic reconstruction, retro-soundtracks • Nostalgia and digital technologies • Genres of nostalgia: ranging from the Romantics to the return of the long novel and to science-fiction, steampunk, and retro-futurism • Nostalgia for the avant-garde and avant-garde nostalgia • Communist and fascist nostalgia: utopia • Temporalities of nostalgia: late time and belatedness • Scenes of nostalgia: the ruin, the country house, reconciliation with nature

    We welcome short articles of 3000-5000 words, long articles of 5000-8000 words and critical reviews of books, film, and exhibitions. We also strongly encourage submissions of artwork including visual art; creative writing; podcasts and video footage (up to 10 minutes). We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submissions deadline.

    Please send all submissions to by 20th April

    Please also include a 50-word author biography and a 200-300-word abstract alongside your submission. All referencing and style is required in full MHRA format as a condition of publication and submitted articles should be academically rigorous and ready for immediate publication. Complete instructions for submissions can be found at under ‘About’.

  • CFP: Interdisciplinary conference: Hungary 1956 – 2016 – Reverberations of a Revolution

    CFP: Interdisciplinary conference: Hungary 1956 – 2016 – Reverberations of a Revolution

    60 years ago a student demonstration in pursuit of liberty and democratic reforms in Hungary started a chain of events that turned into a nationwide revolt against the Soviet policies and control embodied in the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic. The uprising that caught the attention and imagination of the world has been widely considered as the first major threat to Soviet control in Central Europe. Although the revolution failed at the time, its reverberations have been felt ever since, particularly in what is now considered the democratic transition in Central Europe, and the lives of diaspora communities around the world.

    This interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together scholars from any discipline in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, who are interested in exploring the general theme of Hungary 60 years after the revolution. The organizers welcome academic papers that address social, political, cultural, historical and economic issues in contemporary Hungary, in particular those that investigate how such issues have been shaped or affected by the realities and/or the collective memory of the 1956 revolution.

    Questions to consider are many; some of the suggested topics of inquiry include:

    • education and educational reform(s)
    • women and politics, the role of women in Hungarian society
    • gender and cultural politics
    • NGOs, civil society and democratization
    • minority issues, policies and politics of diversity - national identity, identity and culture, religious identity
    • national identity and the politics of memory and commemoration
    • refugee and diaspora memories
    • citizenship and identity - architecture, space and memory, remembering through space
    • street names and their meaning in national collective memory
    • Art and remembering
    • Hungarian media today, media and society, social media and civic engagement
    • political engagement of youth
    • sports
    • crime and the criminal justice system
    • international relations and Hungary’s place in the world (perceived and actual)

    We encourage presentations from all disciplines and fields of scholarship, including History, Political Science, Literature, Economics, Pedagogy, Art History, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, etc. We are inviting submissions for both individual papers and pre-constituted panels for presentations. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words in length. In addition, please include a short biographical note (approximately 100 words). Presentations should be no more than 20 min in length. Selected papers will have the opportunity to be published. We welcome submissions from graduate students and early career scholars.

    Please note that travel and accommodation subsidies are available to participants of this conference. Please notify us of your intention to request a travel subsidy in your submission.

    Deadline for abstracts: May 1st, 2016
    Notification of acceptance: on or around June 1st, 2016

    Send in your submissions to:

    The conference will take place at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada on October 27-28, 2016. Please note the language of the conference is English and we ask that you submit your abstract and bio in English.

  • CFP: Transcultural Icons of East Central Europe

    CFP World Literature Studies

    “Transcultural Icons of East Central Europe” – a special issue of World Literature Studies (a peer-reviewed journal published by the Slovak Academy of Sciences)[i], with guest editors Matteo Colombi, Christine Gölz, Beáta Hock, and Stephan Krause

    To date, “cultural icons” have frequently been understood as representations of collective identities that tend to reify, first and foremost, discourses around national self-perception and belonging. The interdisciplinary concept of cultural icons is borrowed from (cultural) semiotics, more particularly, from North American cultural studies, where the concept has also been theorized and heuristically tested.[ii] It is usually the protagonists of national history, the fictional or fictionalized heroes and heroines of national literature or films with relevance for the politics of memory, or the protagonists of narrative genres in audiovisual and digital media that are captured by the term and whose capacity to shape identities is thus foregrounded. Alongside such figures are places and their narratives, as well as particular objects of material culture, which may also stand in for a nation and become interpreted—in academic discourses and beyond—as cultural icons.

    Our Call for Papers, however, solicits case studies for which these sorts of “national” cultural icons offer merely one possible starting point. The editors are interested in nationally canonized “icons” for the degree to which these icons also develop transcultural trajectories, or in other words, whether these icons leave their historical, sociocultural, and genre contexts of origin and witness an afterlife in fictional literature and other narrative media (such as film, graphic novels, theater, opera, radio dramas, urban legends, lyrics, etc.). This “flux/mobility” and “afterlife” may very well drift beyond original national lodgings, provided such an “origin” ever really existed. Last but not least, we also want to inquire into the untold stories of officialy sanctioned icons, ones that circulate in the counter- or subcultural practices of the respective national contexts.

    Our special issue has taken the historical region of East Central Europe as its geographical focus. Due to East Central Europe’s multilingual character, its many zones of ethnic interference, and its history of diverse and often conflict-ridden exchanges between nations and cultures that extend beyond political borders, this region lends itself particularly well to the kind of investigation we seek. These structural characteristics/conditions also have a heavy impact—and this is our working hypothesis—on the emergence, perpetuation, and transposition of cultural icons, which hold identification potential for both smaller and larger communities. For this special issue we therefore solicit articles with a focus on icons that are of narrative or visual relevance for discursive communities in East Central Europe and that take literature as their central medium or the medium from which and through which “re-writings” originate and traverse. The examined icons, however, do not need to originate in the region, as transculturality results not only from local icons “going international” but also from the various forms of importing, contaminating or subverting icons from another culture or from a global/ized culture. Contributions with a comparative approach or with an area of application that goes beyond individual countries are very welcome.

    The genesis of cultural icons of East Central Europe and the reception, continuity, reinterpretation, and reappropriation of these icons in and for different contexts, as well as their media (or cultural) transcoding, in short, the mobility/flux of icons, up to the current day, is expected to be discussed with a view to at least one of the following aspects:

    a) Transculturality in polyethnic/multinational/multilingual contexts;

    b) Transculturality through historical change;

    c) Transculturality between “high” and “low” and in various media;

    d) Cultural icons and their linguistic form/ation.

    The guest editor of this special issue is the BMBF-funded group project “Cultural Icons of East Central Europe—The Afterlife of Romanticism” at the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas, GWZO), an independent research institute affiliated with Leipzig University

    Please submit a 500-word abstract (English or German, also indicating the proposed language of the full manuscript) and a brief biography (max. 5 publications) in a single Word document to: by April 1, 2016. Replies will be sent out by April 15, 2016. The deadline for submitting finished articles (max. 36 000 characters) is July 31, 2016. The editors in Leipzig will provide copy editing and, if necessary, translation into English. The peer-review process takes place during September 2016. For further information, do not hesitate to contact the editorial team. Please also visit the site of World Literature Studies journal website for technical instructions.

    [i]World Literature Studies is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of World Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences. It publishes scholarly articles and reviews in general and comparative literary studies, translation studies, and related interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary areas. Most issues are thematic. The journal accepts previously unpublished original articles written in Slovak, Czech, English, German, French or Spanish, with an English abstract. All submissions undergo double-blind peer review. The acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee the acceptance of the full-length manuscript. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

    [ii] Cf. recent application of the concept in cultural studies Tamaselli, Keyan G./David Scott, eds. 2009. Cultural Icons. Walnut Creek, CA.; Leypoldt, Günter/Bernd Engler, eds. 2010. American Cultural Icons. The Production of Representative Lives. Tübingen. For national foci within the region, see e.g., Macura, Vladimír. 2010. The Mystifications of a Nation “The Potato Bug” and Other Essays on Czech Culture, Madison WI; or, Glanc, Tomaš. 2011. Souostroví Rusko: Ikony postsovětské kultury. Praha. For a global approach to visual representations with “iconic” status, see e.g., Haustein, Lydia. 2008. Global Icons: Globale Bildinszenierung und kulturelle Identität. Göttingen.

  • CFP: Emerging Scholars of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art

    CFP: Emerging Scholars of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art
    SHERA-sponsored session at CAA 2017 (New York, Feb 15-18)

    The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) is looking to sponsor a special session at the next College Art Association Conference that highlights the scholarship of advanced Ph.D. candidates and recent graduates working on art historical topics related to Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Russia. Papers may discuss particular visual themes, sources, methodological perspectives, and/or historiographical issues related to the art and architecture of these regions from the Middle Ages to the present. Of particular interest are papers that also consider the state of the field and address ways in which recent scholarship on the artistic production of these regions may complement, and even provide a corrective to, current art historical narratives.

    Note: An ‘emerging scholar’ is a SHERA-member either at the dissertation stage or someone who has received a Ph.D. or M.A. since 2012.

    Session organizer and chair: Alice Isabella Sullivan (History of Art, University of Michigan) Proposals should include a paper title and abstract (up to one page, double-spaced) and a brief CV (up to two pages), and should be sent electronically as a single .pdf attachment to Alice Isabella Sullivan and to

    Deadline for proposals: April 10, 2016

  • CFP: The "state artist" in Romania and Eastern Europe, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, 5 November 2016

    CFP: The “state artist” in Romania and Eastern Europe, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, 5 November 2016

    The establishment of communist regimes in Eastern Europe brought for the visual arts, the establishment of the “state artist” (Haraszti). Artworks were commissioned by the state, which offered extensive rewards for the artists, obliged to comply with the political and ideological rigors of the regime. As part of the research project “From the “state artist” to the artist dependent on the state: the case of the Union of Visual Artists (1950-2010) – the Bucharest branch”, this conference seeks to explore the different transformations that the artists underwent in order to comply with the extensive role assumed by the totalitarian state in the arts. We invite contributions on the broad topic announced, that of the state artist in Romania and Eastern Europe with a specific focus on visual arts, but we are also interested to discuss other instances of collaboration with the regimes in place (1950s-1990). The conference aims to discuss the state artist in the context of communist regimes from multiple points of views.

    The topics discussed could be, but are not limited to: -How was the new artist shaped by the communist regimes? -Were artists able to integrate Socialist Realism as a mandatory style? If not, which were the limits of this mandatory style or the national specificities? -Which were the types of resistance to the model of the state artist? -How did Socialist Realism translate in different visual practices? -What role did the Union of Visual Artists of Romania play? How does it compare to other unions in the East? -What are the transformations of the unions of artists after 1990?

    Those interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract of 500 words as well as a short CV (including a short list of publications) to Caterina Preda until the 15th of May 2016. A selection of conference presentations will be published in a volume, thus the accepted participants must send their contributions 1 month in advance (1st of October 2016). The contributions must address the topic of the state artist, and must have 8.000 words including footnotes with a separate list of references. Organizing committee: Caterina Preda, Alina Popescu, Dan Drăghia.

    Place: The Institute for Political Research, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest. The languages of the conferences are Romanian, English, French.


  • CFP: Contested Spheres: Actually Existing Artworlds under Socialism

    Contested Spheres: Actually Existing Artworlds under Socialism

    27-28 May 2016 Kassák Múzeum – Petőfi Literary Museum and Translocal Institute, Budapest

    Deadline for proposals: 29 February 2016

    This conference aims to provide a platform for fresh research into the art history of Eastern Europe that brings to light the varied solutions that artists and cultural workers found to living and working inside the socialist system in the period of the 1960s and 1970s.

    While some took the path of direct confrontation with the authorities, leading to harassment, imprisonment or exile, and refused in principle all collaboration with state-run art institutions, others complied with the demands of the Party and freely placed their talents at the service of communist ideology, either through conviction or in exchange for public commissions, exhibition opportunities and institutional positions. There was also a wide band of artists, curators and art historians who, like the majority of citizens of ‘actually existing Socialism’, devised their own individual strategies for negotiating a haphazardly repressive system and actively participated in shaping a complex artistic landscape of alternative spaces, transitory gatherings and artist-run galleries, as well as semi-independent institutions, associations and open air symposia, which all functioned according to the unorthodox rules of the socialist art economy. Examining the art worlds of mid- to late Socialism not from the top down perspective symbolised by the notorious ‘three T’s’ of Hungarian cultural policy, which divided artists into the categories of supported, tolerated and forbidden, but rather through a bottom up approach that examines the variety of possible attitudes adopted by cultural producers to the socialist system, ranging from confrontation and withdrawal to conformity and compromise, this conference sets out to foster debate about the conditions of artistic production during the last decades of Socialism and how these affected the individual trajectories, aesthetic choices and post-communist legacies of East European artists.

    Proposals for conference papers are sought that examine how artists, curators or art historians, or even entire art scenes, responded to the demands of the socialist system, investigating, for example, prominent cases of refusal and resistance, the self-image and social role of official artists, as well as instances of disingenuousness, ambiguity and doublespeak in the machinations of late Socialist art worlds. Of equal relevance are papers that examine the workings of the artistic economy under socialism, and the different ways in which artists reacted to, suffered under, or turned to their advantage the distinctive material and economic environment established by the socialist state.

    Speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 250 words, along with a short biography (approx. 100 words) to by 29 February 2016.

    Papers will be selected by a conference board made up of: Dr. Klara Kemp Welch, Courtauld Institute London, Dr. Tomáš Pospiszyl, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Dr. Maja Fowkes and Dr. Reuben Fowkes, Translocal Institute, Budapest and Dr. Emese Kürti, ACB Research Lab, Budapest. This conference is organised with the framework of the Kassák Museum’s long term research project into the art of the 1960s and 70s.

    For more information see:

  • CFP: Cold Atlantic Doctoral Seminar (Barcelona, 8-9 Sep 2016)

    CFP: Cold Atlantic Doctoral Seminar (Barcelona, 8-9 Sep 2016)

    University of Barcelona, September 8-09, 2016
    Deadline: Mar 15, 2016

    Call for Papers Doctoral Seminar/Workshop Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the Time of the Iron Curtain

    University of Barcelona, Spain
    8-9 September 2016
    (Spanish version below)

    The University of Barcelona, Saint Louis University (Madrid) and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid invite doctoral students in art history or related disciplines to participate in a doctoral seminar/workshop at the University of Barcelona (8-9 September). This academic event has been planned to coincide with an international conference at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid (5-7 September) ( Both seminar and conference are part of an international project entitled Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the Time of the Iron Curtain which has been generously funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

    The seminar/workshop is aimed at doctoral students working on topics related to the conference and its four thematic axes. Based on the current research of the selected participants, the seminar-workshop will serve as a platform to discuss the transatlantic exchanges between North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America bringing into the fore other hubs of artistic exchange and influence, aiming not just to de-center the (still predominant) Paris-New York axis, but also to foster a discussion that gives a voice to cultural expressions that were generated outside the official power structures. Parting from the destabilization of the status quo, with the Bandung conference in 1955 and Hungarian revolution in 1956, we aim to emphasize forms of mediation, dissidence and resistance that offered alternative responses to the ideological and aesthetic schism that dominated social, political, artistic and curatorial practices after WWII.

    The seminar will be structured around the four thematic axes of the conference giving particular emphasis to methodological and theoretical questions.


  • CFP: Seeking contributors for a book project on modernity, space and gender

    CFP: Seeking contributors for a book project on modernity, space and gender

    Dr. Alexandra Staub is currently planning an edited volume on modernity, space and gender, using case studies from a variety of national contexts as seen through the lens of gender. She is seeking scholars who can contribute to this project by writing on how “modernity” has been shaped and defined in various cultures, how this has been used to inform public policy and spatial arrangements, and how this intersection of modernity and spatial practice has helped or hindered women. The volume would present thematically linked case studies of spatial practices and their gender implications across the globe. She would especially like to present a comparison between countries with strong social programs (such as Scandinavian countries), those with liberal or neo-liberal policies (such as the United States or Britain), rapidly developing countries (such as China or India), countries that have transitioned from a socialist economy to a capitalist one (such as Russian and other countries in Eastern Europe), and countries marked by a strong political dichotomy between modernization and traditionalism (such as Turkey or Iran) . If you are interested in contributing to this volume, or have any questions, please send an email with a short description of your work to Alexandra Staub, Associate Professor of Architecture, Penn State University.

  • CFP: The Aspect of Woman (Ljubljana, 26-27 May 2016)

    CFP: The Aspect of Woman (Ljubljana, 26-27 May 2016)

    Ljubljana, May 26 - 27, 2016
    Deadline: Mar 20, 2016

    “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” and there were those, who became a woman long before the famous quote of Simone de Beauvoir was said out loud in 1949 and who left their footprint, seen or hidden, praised or still unrecognized. Last couple of decades have seen a radical transformation in the ways of recreation, assimilation, dispersion and reception of woman, with scholars and societies trying to rediscover her role in the visual culture through times. Critical rethinking of the complementary roles and appearances of woman – female, who refused to remain solely the other sex and appeared in the context of visual culture throughout the past century as critical and provocative subject, challenging possibilities and limitations in the world of the first sex, is the main theme of the two day conference on “The Aspect of Woman”, organised by RI19+.

    The conference is an integral part of an ongoing project “Artistic Creativity of Women from the 19th Century to the Present Time” and is the first in line of the periodically scheduled events in the course of the following years, all interweaved around woman in visual culture throughout the past and present times and intense aims to evaluate and analyse their contributions in wider European space.

    For the conference, hosted by Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana (Zavod Bunker), the organizer RI19+ welcomes proposals that might include, yet are not limited solely to the following topics:

    • current status of studies, questions and themes discussing women in visual culture;
    • current researches concerning active roles of women in visual culture: artists, art critics, architects, designers, conservators, restorers, costume designers, theoreticians, patrons of art, curators, collectors, professors of visual culture;
    • new appearances of women in visual culture;
    • reflections of sexuality and gender in popular culture from women’s perspective;
    • the reception of images done by women artists;
    • women‘s power and its acceptance in visual culture.

    Particularly welcomed are submissions seeking to analyse the role of women in Central and Southern European artistic space and accentuating transnational connections throughout history.

    RI19+ welcomes proposals from artists as well as scholars from across the disciplines (art history, architecture, design, philosophy, history, etc.), and from outside the academy as well as within.

    Proposals for papers, limited to 300 words, and short CV, limited to 100 words, should be sent to the organizer RI19+ at Natasha Ivanovic by 20th March 2016.

  • CFP: Marian Iconography East and West (Rijeka; 2-4 June, 2016)

    Rijeka, Croatia, June 2 - 04, 2016
    Deadline: Mar 30, 2016

    Marian Iconography East and West
    Tenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies

    Center for Iconographic Studies - University of Rijeka (Croatia) in collaboration with
    Study of Theology in Rijeka, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
    University of Thessaly (Greece)
    University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
    Gregorian Pontifical University Rome (Italy)

    The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between theology, art history, philosophy and cultural theory concerning the iconography of Mary in Eastern and Western art. We welcome academic papers that will approach this subject in an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse way. The themes and subjects can include the following:

    • early representations of Mary
    • images of intercession and authority
    • devotional iconography
    • Mary Mother of God
    • Virgin as queen
    • Mary as Ecclesia
    • Mary and Eve
    • Life of the Virgin
    • post-Tridentine iconography
    • hermeneutical and phenomenological aspects of Mary

    Paper proposals should be submitted electronically to

    A paper proposal should contain:

    1. full name, institution, affiliation, address, phone number(s), e-mail address
    2. title
    3. abstract (maximum 2 pages – 500 words)

    Invitations to participate will be sent out by email before April 15, 2016

    There is NO registration fee

    Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and coffee breaks during conference as well as all organized visits are covered by the organizers. All presented papers will be published in the thematic issue of the IKON journal in May 2017.

    Please contact us for any additional information.

    Contact person: Sanja Jovanović Center for Iconographic Studies Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Rijeka Sveucilisna avenija 4 51 000 Rijeka Croatia E-mail: