Visualizing the Nation. Post-Socialist ImagiNations

29. October 2015
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The specter of nationalism is haunting Europe and not just in the former East but in the former West as well. The conference, however, intends to focus on the Central Eastern European region after the fall of communism. It focuses on the visual dimensions of nationalism, as it is considered one of the most visual of all political currents. Still, conferences on nationalism, though abundant, hardly ever address this connection. This one broadens the scope of interpretation, moving beyond an exploration of the political, sociological and philosophical aspects of the “imagined communities” of the present, and centers instead on the often overlooked but fundamental course of visualization of the Nation.

PATTERNS Lectures, a programme of ERSTE Foundation to support the development of university courses in Central and South Eastern Europe in the fields of art history, cultural theory and cultural studies, is cooperating with the conference. All lecturers of this year’s courses are invited to attend the conference, some are taking part as speakers and all meet in additional workshops to discuss topics of the PATTERNS Lectures programme 2015. Also tranzit, the network for contemporary cultural production, takes the opportunity to organise a meeting of its directors and staff from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovak Republic besides the conference.

Visualizing the Nation
Post-Socialist ImagiNations
International conference

27‒28 November 2015

Budapest, ELTE BTK (Eötvös Loránd University – Faculty of Humanities)
Faculty Council Hall, Ground Floor of Building “A”
Múzeum krt. 4/A, 1088 Budapest

The conference is staged as a concomitant event of the closing exhibition of the Private Nationalism Project entitled Imagined Communities, Personal Imaginations Private Nationalism Budapest.

The following people have confirmed and will speak:
Ekaterina Degot, Fedor Blaščák, Sezgin Boynik, Marina Gržinić, Jasmina Založnik, Tímea Junghaus, Anikó Imre, Zoltán Kékesi, Yulia Khmelevskaya, Izabela Kowalczyk, Colleen McQuillen, József Mélyi, Magdalena Moskalewicz, Cristian Nae, Almira Ousmanova, Bojana Pejić, Andrea Pócsik, Andrew Ryder, Alina Şerban, Veda Popovici, Ovidiu Pop

Concept: Edit András, Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Organised by Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Municipal Gallery – Kiscell Museum, Budapest History Museum, and ERSTE Foundation.

A bibliography on nationalism set up by the ERSTE Foundation Library can be found here.

The conference programme will be announced by 6 November 2015.

photo: Adrian Paci, Centro di Permanenza Temporanea, 2007, video, 5’29”