RED ON RED: A Symposium on Post-Socialist Art and Critical Theory
Organizers: Marijeta Bozovic, Julia Chan, Fabrizio Fenghi, Marta Figlerowicz
April 8-9, 2016, Yale University, New Haven, CT
A discernable boom in politically engaged, leftist art practices and critical theory is underway in Eastern Europe and Russia, China, and in post-socialist countries of the Global South. This boom defies all expectations, emerging after the depoliticizing “transitions” to capitalism of the 1990s and the seemingly reactionary historical moment. Activists and art collectives, critics, poets, grassroots filmmakers, and video, performance and digital artists of all stripes are seeking alternative spaces for engaged aesthetic experimentation. In many cases, these aesthetic producers return to the emancipatory promises of earlier political and aesthetic experiments, reimagining them for the digital age.
Setting in conversation researchers in Slavic, East German, East Asian, and Global South Studies at Yale and elsewhere, Red on Red seeks to establish a deeper and more transnational understanding of these recent aesthetic and political developments. While many of these aesthetic movements have a strong media presence in their native countries, they tend to be poorly known in other areas of the post-socialist world or in an international academic context. By fostering cross-linguistic dialogue, this project fills a gap in these various movements’ awareness of each other, as well as in their interdisciplinary study as a world phenomenon. Rather than merely apply Western analytic frameworks to these movements, Red on Red develops new kinds of critical and aesthetic theory that are inherently grounded in a post-socialist context. Taking its cue from Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing Europe, it asks what alternatives the utopian and dystopian spaces of post-socialist art can provide to traditional Western notions of progress, freedom, and history.
We welcome a wide range of theoretical and non-theoretical, comparative and more focused papers. Please submit 250-300-word abstracts to Julia Chan no later than December 15, 2015.
Keywords: Slavic, East German, East Asian, Global South Studies; African Studies; South Asian Studies; South American Studies; Critical Theory; Marxism; Leftism; Avant-Garde Art and Literature, Protest Culture, Hacktivism, Contemporary Culture.
Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2015
Keynote speaker: Lilya Kaganovsky, Associate Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature, and Film at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University is pleased to announce “Cold War Narratives Reimagined,” an interdisciplinary graduate conference on April 8-9, 2016.
More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, scholars are able to refocus, recast, and reevaluate the discussions centered on this period of global tension, military non-conflict and cultural polarization. Whether within the United States or in the international arena, it is typified by physical and imagined borders, walls, spheres of influence and missile gaps. This conference seeks to engage with these physical and symbolic spaces, to challenge the East-West dichotomy in Cold War narratives, and to examine what happens after these zones and margins dissolve. “Cold War Narratives Reimagined” is an interdisciplinary conference that centers on the intellectual, cultural, and environmental legacies of the Cold War era in the United States and in the former Soviet Union, both those of its immediate aftermath and of contemporary reframings of these legacies.
We invite papers that explore the Cold War and its enduring legacies. How do we consider its reverberations in a globalized world? How have Cold War assumptions and stereotypes been expressed in literature, film, historiography or policy, and do they persist after the fall of the Soviet Union? At what point, if any, does a shift in these assumptions and stereotypes occur? What could be gained by reading texts from Cold War countries comparatively? How did literary language, vernacular, or technical jargon change during and directly after the Cold War? What has changed since the first round of reimaginings that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union? By asking and addressing such questions, this conference aims to foster interdisciplinary conversations within and around Slavic Studies.
The list of potential topics includes but is not limited to: Cultural diplomacy; Space race; the Cold War and the archive; Cold War in the Soviet Republics; Nuclear diplomacy; Émigré culture; Post-Soviet spaces; Language of the Cold War (rhetoric, propaganda, translation); Cold War abstractions and the arts (détente, deterrence, containment); Satire under McCarthyism and/or Soviet censorship; the Cold War in contemporary media coverage; the Cold War, genre, and representation.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com] by December 15th, 2015. Replies will be sent out by mid-January, 2016.