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  • 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

  • CFP: 2016 ASEEES-MAG SUMMER CONVENTION (Lviv, Ukraine; 26 - 28 June 2016)

    ASEEES is delighted to announce its second biennial summer convention, co-organized with the International Association for the Humanities (MAG).


    The ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention will take place at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.

    The conference program will begin in early afternoon of Sun, June 26 and continue through the evening of Tue, June 28; you may arrive on Sat, June 25; we plan to schedule a city tour on the morning of Sun, June 26.

    The program will feature approximately 80-100 panels including about 300 presentations, and there will also be a supplementary program including a plenary, reception, cultural program, and a keynote speaker.

    Participants are responsible for covering the costs of their own travel to and stay in Lviv.


    Panel, roundtable and paper proposals relating to any aspect of East-Central European and Eurasian Studies are welcome. Practitioners and scholars in all fields with an interest in this region are encouraged to participate. Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some priority in the selection process. Individual papers are also welcome and selected papers will be assigned by the Program Committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant.
    The deadline for submission of all proposals is: 6 January 2016.

    For more information and to submit a proposal, go to:


    The summer convention’s theme is “Images of the Other” – construction and definition of the ‘Other’, instrumental use and abuse of the ‘Other’ in politics, cultural and social practices; the role of ethnic, cultural, social and gender stereotypes; representations of the ‘Other’ in memory politics, art, public discourse and media; and scholarship regarding the ‘Other’ as a social construct. ASEEES and MAG invite papers; and panel proposals, related to the theme, understood in the broadest possible sense. Note: Proposals on the theme are encouraged but not required. See the call for proposals for more information.


    The International Association for the Humanities was founded in 2007 with the help of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Council of Learned Societies as an independent association of humanities scholars primarily in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. IAH/MAG publishes a newsletter “The Bridge-MOCT”.


    The Ukrainian Catholic University is a private institution for education and research, founded in 2002 by the St. Clement Foundation, whose elected head is Patriarch Lubomyr (Husar), the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.


    • Andrzej Tymowski, Chair (ACLS, University of Warsaw)
    • Olga Bukhina (MAG)
    • Tamara Hundorova (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
    • Boris Kolonitskii (European University at St. Petersburg)
    • Joanna Nizynska (Indiana University)
    • Lynda Park (ASEEES)
    • Bill Rosenberg (University of Michigan)
    • John Schoeberlein (Nazarbayev University)
    • Tatiana Shchyttsova (European Humanities University Minsk/Vilnius)
    • Oleh Turiy (Ukrainian Catholic University)
    • Mark von Hagen (Arizona State University)


    Please send summer convention-related inquiries to: