Since 1989, art historians from countries such as Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Romania have benefitted from unprecedented intellectual freedom, yet their voice has often still to be heard on the wider global stage. Where they gain international attention, it is mostly as authorities on specifically ‘national’ questions, or the wider problematics of ‘east-central Europe.’
Does this mean they will always be consigned to relative historiographic isolation? Or is it possible to find a voice that has wider resonance? If so, what form might that take? What are the most pressing contemporary concerns of art historians from east-central European countries, but which are not necessarily about the art of east-central Europe? What do art historians in east-central Europe have in common with their peers elsewhere? In what ways can they develop greater collaboration that goes beyond transnational research into the art of east-central Europe? What are the most prominent and important issues motivating art historians in east-central Europe at present? Are they methodological? Political? Thematic? Curatorial / museological? Conceptual? Or are they to do with debates relating to a particular period or geographical question?
Participants are asked to present a paper of ca. 25 minutes on a single issue or topic for detailed group discussion, and to indicate its significance and wider possible ramifications. It may relate to their own recent research but, equally, it may consist of a critical observation of the practice of art history by their peers.
Participants will be asked to submit their paper in advance; each paper will be assigned a discussant who will lead the conversation and response to the paper. Proposals of 300 words should be submitted to: Matthew Rampley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Masaryk University will cover the costs of accommodation and subsistence while in Brno.
Organizer: Matthew Rampley, Department of Art History, Masaryk University Brno.
Place: Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History
Dates: June 17-18, 2020
Submission Deadline: 6 March 2020