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Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II

15 June 2016

From: Kristina Jõekalda <>

Date: Jun 15, 2016

Subject: CONF: Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II (Tallinn, 27-29 Oct 2016)

Estonian Academy of Sciences main hall (Kohtu 6, Tallinn), October

27 – 29, 2016

Registration deadline: Oct 20, 2016

Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II: The 1940s until the 1960s 27th–29th October 2016, Tallinn

Venue: Estonian Academy of Sciences main hall (Kohtu 6, Tallinn)

Hosting institution: Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn



Thursday, 27th October


Branko Mitrovic, Prof. Dr. (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim), Collectivist Historiography and its Methodologies

20.00 Opening reception

Friday, 28th October

09.00 Registration


Krista Kodres, Prof. Dr. (Estonian Academy of Arts; Tallinn University)

09.45 PANEL 1

Ekaterina Boltunova, Dr. (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Reinterpreting Imperial Art in the Post-War USSR: Soviet Views of National Heritage

Milena Bartlová, Prof. Dr. (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague), New Political Orientation of Czech Art History around 1950

Ivan Gerát, Dr. (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava; University of Trnava), Marxist Iconology in Czechoslovakia before 1968

12.00 Lunch

13.30 PANEL 2

Nikolas Drosos, Dr. (Harriman Institute, Columbia University), ‘People’s Realism: Interpreting Renaissance Art in 1950s Poland

Tereza Johanidesová, MA (Charles University; Václav Havel Library, Prague), Did Marxist Iconology Exist in Czech Art History?

Carmen Popescu, Dr., Writing in the Void: Architectural History in Socialist Romania

Juliana Maxim, Dr. (University of San Diego, California), Socialist Historiography between Nation and Revolution: Writing the History of Romanian Architecture in the 1960s

16.30 Coffee/tea

17.15 PANEL 3

Almira Ousmanova, Prof. Dr. (European Humanities University, Vilnius), Not-Ready-Made: Flashback to the Soviet Version of Marxist Art History

Elena Khlopina, Dr. (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Research Method of A. A. Fedorov-Davydov and the Teaching of Art History in Lomonosov Moscow State University in the 1950s–1960s

Nataliya Zlydneva, Prof. Dr. (Russian Academy of Science; Lomonosov Moscow State University; State Institute for Art History; Moscow State Conservatorium), Rereading the 1920s: Alternative Paths of Soviet Art History

Saturday, 29th October

10.00 PANEL 4

Bart Pushaw, MA (University of Maryland, College Park), Heroic Modernists of Peasant Blood: The Revolutionary Turn in Baltic Art Histories

Raino Isto, MA (University of Maryland, College Park), ‘Modelling Reality’: Writing the History of (Socialist) Albanian Sculpture – the Case of Odhise Paskali

Karolina Labowicz-Dymanus, Dr. (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw), Modernism on the Secret Service of Superstructure, Marxism-Leninism as a Base of Modern Polish Art History: The Polish School of Art History in the Late 1940s and 1950s

12.15 Lunch

14.00 PANEL 5

Piotr Juszkiewicz, Prof. Dr. (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan), Socialist Modernism, Socialist Structuralism: Mieczysław Porębski’s Socialist Art History

Katja Bernhardt, Dr. (Humboldt-University, Berlin), ‘Socialist Kunstwissenschaft in the GDR

Marina Dmitrieva, Dr. (Centre for History and Culture of East Central Europe, Leipzig), Riddles of Modernism in the Late Soviet Discourse: Mikhail Lifshits’

Battle against ‘New Barbarism?



The post-World War II socialism and related art historical discourse had many faces: too many for a single conference. Therefore we have launched a series of conferences, the first of which will be held in Tallinn in October 2016, focusing on the decades immediately following the war. In 2017 and 2018 follow-up conferences will be held in Leipzig and Berlin.

Hosting institution:

Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn

Programme managers:

Krista Kodres, Prof. Dr.;

Michaela Marek, Prof. Dr.;

Kristina Jõekalda, MA;

Kädi Talvoja, MA


Estonian Research Council grant PUT788 (Historicizing Art: Knowledge Production in Estonian Art History amidst Changing Ideologies and Disciplinary Developments, principal investigator Krista Kodres); Estonian Academy of Arts; Estonian Academy of Sciences


Chair of Art History of Eastern and East Central Europe at Humboldt-University of Berlin; Centre for History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig


for more details and registration.

Reference / Quellennachweis:

CONF: Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II (Tallinn, 27–29 Oct 2016). In: H-ArtHist, Jun 15, 2016.



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