At the end of my term as President of SHERA I would like to thank all Board members for their hard work to keep our Society in good shape, increasing membership, posting our news, and contributing to making progress. Thanks go to all SHERA members for enthusiastically participating in our activities, sharing news of their work, achievements, and publications, and participate in our sponsored sessions at CAA and ASEEES. We greatly appreciate the continued support of our institutional members.
Thanks to the organizing work of Karen Kettering and the jury she recruited, we were able to establish the long-planned Emerging Scholar Essay Prize and award it in 2017 and 2018. We owe thanks to the anonymous donor who made it possible for us to award a SHERA Travel Grant for a confirmed speaker to facilitate attendance of CAA or ASEEES respectively in alternating years.
It would have been very difficult to oversee our activities without the continued counseling and attention of former Presidents Margaret Samu and Natasha Kurchanova.
It has been an honor for me to serve and I am confident that SHERA continues to make further progress under the guardianship of our new President and the continuing service of our Officers.
I wish a Happy Holiday Season to all of you and look forward to meeting up at our SHERA-sponsored sessions and other venues.
With Greetings to All, Eva Forgacs
SHERA Supports European University at St. Petersburg
The European University at St. Petersburg https://eu.spb.ru/en/ is an important institution for research and higher education, respected in Russia and around the world. Its scholars participate in major international conferences alongside members of SHERA and publish their work in prestigious journals and with major presses. We have all benefitted from the scholarship produced by its faculty, associates, and alumni; their work makes a significant and lasting contribution to our field.
For over 20 years, the EUSP has trained both Russian and non-Russian graduate students at the highest international level. Its educational ideal of promoting the best of Russian and Western scholarship promises to produce students who are fluent in the discourses that shape society and culture around the globe today. Foreign students who enroll in the EUSP’s programs such as its International MA in Russian Studies (IMARES) https://eu.spb.ru/en/international/academics/imares benefit from study in Russia and access to St. Petersburg’s immense cultural resources. More importantly, they gain a deep respect and appreciation for Russian history and culture in a way unparalleled by any other program.
The EUSP’s proud history and record of success make it all the more concerning that on February 10th the Moscow Arbitration Court did not support the university’s evidence of compliance with areas (registering degrees with the VAK, employing faculty practicing in their field, and maintaining a gym) that had been disputed by the Ministry of Education’s inspectorate, Rosobrnadzor. The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) supports the EUSP’s decision to appeal the court’s finding. We trust that further court hearings will remove the current obstacles and allow the university to continue its vital work of teaching and scholarly research.
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 email@example.com
Deadline for proposals: April 10, 2016