Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, May 2nd–3rd 2014
This two-day workshop will bring together members of academic and cultural institutions from across Europe and Russia in order to discuss key concepts, individuals, organizations and turning points that comprise the history of design in post-war Eastern Europe. In recent years, study of design has emerged as a unique way of understanding socialist culture due to the way it links societal ideals with economics, scientific and technological progress, consumption, the material practices of daily life, the imagined West and broader artistic culture. Continue reading
On April 23, Anna Bokov (Yale University) will give a talk, “VKhUTEMAS 1920-1930: Institutionalizing the Soviet Avant-Garde” at the AIA New York Center for Architecture. For more information, click on the image below.
The “Visions and Foundations” conference of the Second World Urbanity project will be held April 11-12, 2014 at Georgetown University. For the conference schedule and directions to conference locations see the program and links below.
Map and directions to MSFS Conference Room in the ICC.
Map and directions to the Mortara Center.
The Socialist Internationalism Workshop will take place April 11-12, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley.
The workshop explores the social and cultural legacies of Cold War Socialist internationalism. Recent scholarship has focused on the ties between so-called Second and Third World countries since the 1950s and their prominence in international organizations, Continue reading
Please see the conference program below for the “Visions and Foundations” conference of the Second World Urbanity project. (Click on each image for a larger view.) If you have not already done so, RSVP directly to Steven Harris (email@example.com) if you wish to attend the conference. Thank you!
Contested Memory Sites in Post-Socialist Capitals
American Comparative Literature Association
March 21-23, 2014, New York University
This seminar investigates physical memory sites across the capital cities of postsocialist Eurasia, an enormous territory that includes capital cities from Berlin to Bishkek. Common challenges of the post-Soviet condition and the contested politics of cultural memory continue to shape the capital cities of these now very disparate political entities with their emergent postcolonial, nationalist, and transnationalist strategies for narrativizing the past. Continue reading
The first conference of the Second World Urbanity project will take place April 11-12, 2014 at Georgetown University. The preliminary program for the conference is now available. To see it, click here.
On February 11-12, 2014, the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana will host the Final ReNewTown Project Conference. For more information about this conference, go here and/or see this flyer: ReNewTown_Final Conference_Invitation.
Agata and Elidor offer a series of very insightful reflections on my book, and I am grateful to both of them for their careful and generous reading of the manuscript. I would also like to thank Steve and Daria for including my book together with the excellent new books that have been discussed in this forum so far. Continue reading
Virág Molnár’s Building the State is compelling, and it aptly demonstrates why there has been such a high degree of academic interest in the built environment and material culture of the former socialist world. Like the best works on the subject, Molnár’s work is firmly situated in distinct locales (East Germany and Hungary, in this case) but it also takes seriously international dynamics that go beyond the Eastern bloc. Continue reading