Academic Session 2: UEA 2015

41st Annual Conference & Bookfair
Sainsbury Institute for Art, UEA, Norwich
9 – 11 April 2015

After the Great War / After the Cold War. Nations, identities and art histories in Central Europe

Session Convenors:

Klara Kemp-Welch, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London,
Beáta Hock, University of Leipzig,

The collapse of Imperial and Soviet empires after the Great War and the Cold War saw the (re-)formation of individual nation states and the production of new cultural identities across Central and Eastern Europe. These changes brought new opportunities for artists and art historians but also new challenges. Our session brings together papers exploring how art, art histories, and institutions in the region have engaged with shifting approaches to nation and identity across the modern and the contemporary periods. Taking into account how war has redrawn the geopolitical map of the continent, this session operates with the expanded and conceptually evocative designation of Central and Eastern Europe.

Themes considered include: the histories of minority communities; the construction of identity through print media and popular culture; international perspectives on national traditions; and changing institutional frameworks for European art. Our aim is to enquire how art, art history, and exhibition history between the wars might shed light on the tensions between the local and global that have come to the forefront since the end of the Cold War. We historicise nation and identity in the region from a range of perspectives, with a view to better understanding the cultural ramifications of political polarisation and the resurgence of nationalism in Europe today.

Svitlana Biedarieva (Courtauld Institute of Art, London) Seven Plus Infinity: Ukrainian art from Avant-Garde to Underground

Malgorzata Sears (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London) Negotiating Modernism: The 1925 Paris Exhibition and the Formation of New State Patronage in re-born Poland

Niccola Shearman (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London) Altered Visions – On visible relief in the German woodcut after 1918

Françoise Forster-Hahn (University of California, Riverside) The Changing Incarnations of the National Gallery in Berlin: Symbol of art and nationhood before, during, and after the wars

Alexey Ulko (Samarkand Visual @rts, Samarkand) Construction of Uzbek National Identity through Arts (1917–2014)

Matteo Bertelé (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) Germany and Russia at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Redefining post-Cold War geopolitics at the Giardini

Ksenia Nouril (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) Applying the Fantastic: Women and the Third Way in the art of Polish contemporary artist Paulina O?owska

Jasmina Tumbas (University at Buffalo, New York)  Countering Persecution, Misconceptions, and Nationalism: Contemporary Roma activist art and the case of Hungary

(Nóra Veszprémi - speaker withdrawn from original listing)