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  • ANN: 6th Winter School of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts-Tallinn University

    ANN: 6th Winter School of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts
    New Natures, Entangled Cultures: Perspectives in Environmental Humanities
    Tallinn University
    23 – 27 January 2017

    For more information see the Winter School website

    How do we imagine nature/culture? How do new environments emerge and how do we design them – deliberately or by chance? The 6th Winter School of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts focuses on the notions of “nature” and “culture” as entangled phenomena. Environmental humanities make an effort to overcome the centuries old division between sciences and humanities by stressing that speaking about “nature” and the hybrid forms of naturecultures is of central importance for all disciplines within the humanities.

    We invite doctoral and MA students to think beyond the comfortable binaries of nature and culture and to discuss topics like recycling and hybridity, (eco)nationalism and aesthetics, technology and landscape, corporeality and posthumanism, materiality and animality in order to understand the creative power of “nature” as a cultural metaphor and the intimate interconnectedness between environment and culture.

    The programme of the Winter School consists of: 1) interdisciplinary lectures and discussions conducted by Estonian and guest lecturers; 2) student seminars and slams where graduate participants present and discuss their own research; 3) student workshops outside the customary classroom environment.

    Plenary speakers: Dr. Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    Dr. Dolly Jørgensen (Luleå University of Technology)
    Dr. Timothy LeCain (Montana State University)
    Dr. Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford)
    Prof. Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin – Madison / Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society)
    Prof. David Moon (University of York)
    Prof. Kate Rigby (Bath Spa University)
    Dr. Bronislaw Szerszynski (Lancaster University)

    Hosting institutions:
    School of Humanities, Tallinn University
    Estonian Centre for Environmental History, Tallinn University

    Programme directors:
    Prof. Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Sciences)
    Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)

    Programme manager:
    Doris Feldmann (Tallinn University)

    Student coordinator:
    Tiiu-Triinu Tamm (Tallinn University)

  • CFP: EAHN Fifth International Meeting (Tallinn, 13-16 Jun 18)

    CFP: EAHN Fifth International Meeting (Tallinn, 13-16 Jun 18)

    Tallinn, Estonia, June 13 - 16, 2018
    Deadline: Dec 12, 2016

    EAHN Fifth International Meeting
    Call for Sessions and Round-Tables

    Deadline: December 12, 2016

    European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is organising its fifth pan-European meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 13-16, 2018. In accordance with its mission statement, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transcultural, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world. The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment, including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, there will be a number of round-table debates addressing burning issues in the field. Proposals are sought for round-table debates that re-map, re-define or outline the current state of the discipline. They will consist of a discussion between panel members, but will also encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum for scholars to present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.

    Scholars wishing to chair a scholarly session or round-table debate at Tallinn 2018 are invited to submit proposals by December 12, 2016 to Dr. Andres Kurg, General Chair of the EAHN Fifth International Meeting, Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Suur-Kloostri 11, Tallinn 10133, Estonia.

    Duties of the chairs of session and of round-tables include: selecting from the proposals submitted for presentation by the agreed deadline; communicating the list of speakers and titles to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline; and submitting material for the proceedings to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline. Chairs will not be eligible for selection as speakers in their own or any other session or round table at the conference.

    All chairs and selected presenters and speakers are required to obtain membership of EAHN (available for an annual membership fee at prior to registration at the conference. Chairs are expected to pursue their own institutional or other support for membership, registration, travel and accommodation.

    Proposals in English, of no more than 400 words, including a session or round-table title, should summarise the subject and the premise. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone, e-mail address and a current CV. Proposals and short CVs should be submitted by e-mail, including the texts in both the body of the mail and as attachments.

    Session and round-table proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced programme. Please note: preference will be given to proposals from chairs who have not hosted a session in the previous biennial conference (Dublin 2016). The International Scientific Committee may organise additional open sessions, depending on the response to this call.

    The complete Call for Sessions and Round-Tables can be downloaded from the Conference website.

  • CFP: Art History and Socialism(s): 1940s-1960s (Tallinn; 28-29 October, 2016)

    Tallinn, October 28 - 29, 2016 Deadline: Feb 25, 2016

    Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II: The 1940s until the 1960s

    Location: Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn
    Hosting institution: Estonian Academy of Arts

    Although the Soviet and Eastern European socialist regimes of the latter 20th century seem to lie in the distant past now, research on them still has many uncovered areas. This applies not least to the role of “socialist” art historians, their activities and functions in universities, exhibitions and the mass media, and especially their academic text production. Deriving from a complicated socio-cultural set of relations, the common denominator for which was “socialism”, these art historical “acts” shaped the general comprehensions of art, culture and history in the society at large. With the overall historiographical turn in the humanities, scholars from the Baltic to the Balkan region have begun to re-address the various histories of artworks, architecture, artistic styles and whole epochs that these practices constructed. Conferences on this recent art historical past have been held and scholarly publications issued, including in English, today’s lingua franca, but the vast majority of research remains only in native languages, thus circulating mainly at the local level.

    Our call for papers originates from the conviction that researchers of socialist art history need a common platform, to introduce and compare art historical practices across the former Soviet Union and the socialist countries of Europe. Paraphrasing the late Piotr Piotrowski, the time is ripe for the project of a “horizontal” reading of socialist art history. As with different “socialisms”, “socialist art history” as an umbrella term covers a variety of ways of writing the history of art and architecture. Moscow’s influence varied greatly depending on the decade, region and particular situation. In addition to ideological pressure and terror, other factors – of which neighbours might not have been or still might not be aware – affected the art historical ideas and practices of different Soviet republics and the satellite states in Eastern and Central Europe. The making of art history and its visual displays by means of exhibitions (as well as contemporary artistic practices) also depended on the international art history discourse, even though the range and accessibility of literature etc. varied from country to country.

    The conference addresses these topics primarily via the historiographical and theoretical levels:

    • Moscow’s role in developing the theoretical grounds of the Marxist-Leninist art history discourse (one centre?, unity of theoretical approaches?)
    • implementing this discourse in the Soviet Union, in its new member republics and in the new “socialist countries” (national socialist schools of art history?)
    • interpreting art historical concepts and periodisation; shifts occurring over time; comparison with the Western art history discourse(s);
    • the complicated relationship with Modernism during the Stalinist era; its later inclusion in the Marxist-Leninist discourse of art history.


  • Conference: Shared Practices (Tallinn; 22-24 October 2015)

    Kumu Art Museum, Auditorium, Tallinn, October 22 - 24, 2015

    Shared Practices: The Intertwinement of the Arts in the Culture of Socialist Eastern Europe

    The Kumu Art Museum’s fall conference 2015
    In cooperation with the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts

    Conference programme:

    Thursday, 22 October

    17.30 Registration

    Opening words
    Anu Liivak, Director of the Kumu Art Museum
    Sirje Helme, Director-General of the Art Museum of Estonia

    Anu Allas, Kumu Art Museum

    Chair Epp Lankots
    Romy Golan (City University of New York)
    Synthesis Undone

    Friday, 23 October

    10.00–12.00 Ideologies for the Synthesis of the Arts
    Chair Linda Kaljundi

    Nikolas Drosos (Columbia University, New York)
    Applied and Useful Art: The Discourse on the Synthesis of the Arts in the USSR and Poland during the 1950s

    Virve Sarapik (Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts)
    Visualising World War III

    Stella Pelše (Latvian Academy of Art)
    The Best of the Past on a New Level: Synthesis of the Arts in the Latvian Art Criticism of the 1970s

    12.00–12.30 Coffee break

    12.30–14.00 Experimentation as Critique
    Chair Lolita Jablonskiene

    Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes (Translocal Institute Budapest)
    Putting the Social back into the Socialist City: The Critical Urban Practice of the Group TOK

    Māra Traumane (Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Zurich)
    “Doubts on Art” as a Constructive Project: the Case of the “Unfelt Feelings Restoration Workshop”

    14.00–15.00 Lunch

    15.00–17.00 Dynamics of Collaborative Work
    Chair Klara Kemp-Welch

    Eleonora Farina (Free University of Berlin)
    Ex Oriente Lux: Ion Grigorescu and the Sigma Group in Socialist Romania

    Tomasz Załuski (University of Łódz)
    From Praxeology to the Artists of Other Arts Association: The Integration of Arts and Transmediality in KwieKulik’s “Activities”

    Matteo Bertelé (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
    From Narcissus to Collective Performances: The Work of Valera and Natasha Cherkashin

    17.00–17.30 Coffee break

    17.30–18.30 EVENING LECTURE
    László Beke (Budapest)
    Chair Liisa Kaljula
    How to Construct a New Theory of East European Art?

    Saturday, 24 October

    10.00–12.00 Monumental, Ritual and Communal Spaces
    Chair Ingrid Ruudi

    Marija Martinovic and Mladen Pesic (Belgrad University)
    Synthesis of Arts and Architecture: Community Centres in Socialist Belgrade

    Raino Isto (University of Maryland)
    Dynamisms of Time and Space: The Synthesis of Architecture and Monumental Sculpture in Socialist Albania’s Martyrs’ Cemeteries

    Marija Dremaite (Vilnius University)
    Architecture of the Soviet Ritual – Wedding and Funeral Palaces in Soviet Lithuania

    12.00–12.30 Coffee break

    12.30–14.00 Debating All-Encompassing Art
    Chair Anu Allas

    Fabiola Bierhoff (Free University of Berlin)
    Multimedia Art in the German Democratic Republic: the Art Festival Intermedia (1985)

    Elnara Taidre (Art Museum of Estonia; Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts)
    Synthesis of Visual Art Forms as the Total Work of Art: The Case of Tõnis Vint’s Art Practices in Soviet Estonia

    14.00–15.00 Lunch

    15.00–17.00 Translations and Adaptations
    Chair Romy Golan

    Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld Institute of Art, London)
    Poetry Beyond Borders

    Ksenya Gurshtein (National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Washington, DC)
    Conceptual Artists, Cognitive Film: Artists as Film-makers at the Balázs Béla Studio

    Amy Bryzgel (University of Aberdeen)
    The Adoption and Adaptation of Institutional Critique in Eastern Europe

    17.00–17.30 Coffee break

    17.30–19.00 FINAL DISCUSSION
    Romy Golan, Klara Kemp-Welch, Anu Allas, Epp Lankots

    Additional information:
    Anu Allas
    Kumu kunstimuuseum / Kumu Art Museum
    Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1
    10127 Tallinn

    The conference is supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital.