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June 06, 2013

CFP Conference: Decentering Art of the Former East

Deadline: August 1, 2013

CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, February 12-14, 2014
Deadline for Proposals: August 1, 2013

Call for Papers:
Decentering Art of the Former East

Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian,
and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

Panel co-chairs: Masha Chlenova, The Museum of Modern Art; and Kristin
Romberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Whether conceptualized in terms of a periphery or an alternative center,
narratives of Russian and Eastern European art have long been organized
around a binary of East and West, shaped both by art history’s
disciplinary biases and by the politics of the Cold War and “fall of
communism.” This panel takes Partha Mitter’s argument in “Decentering
Modernism” (2008) as a point of departure in order to rethink how art of
these regions can be understood in an increasingly global art history. Can
we find ways of rereading the default evaluation that western references
to the Russian avant-garde’s monochromes and constructions are
art-historically savvy, while Russian and Eastern European references to
internationally known practices are derivative? What is the difference
between naïve appropriation and creative misreading, and to what extent
are these procedures also fundamental to the work of stably central
figures of Western European and North American art? How do Byzantine and
Eurasian histories and forms ground or inflect these artistic formations?
Can the widespread opposition between a western artistic center and
eastern periphery be productively undermined not through the lens of
nationalism but through that of global modernism and art history? What do
the critical lenses developed in the process of working on Russian and
Eastern European topics reveal about western art, global art, or art
history as a discipline? How do we interpret these practices in ways that
are not just specific, but that also speak to and shape art-historical
inquiry more generally? This panel seeks historically grounded case
studies of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian art from any period
that productively explore these issues.

Please send a paper title, abstract (200-300 words), and 2-page curriculum
vitae to Masha Chlenova
(masha_chlenova@moma.org) and Kristin
Romberg (kristin.romberg@gmail.com) by
August 1.

Note that panelists must join SHERA to participate, but do not need to be
members of CAA or to register for the conference.

Posted by sarayu at June 6, 2013 12:35 PM

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