Monday, November 23, 2015

Announcement: 2 Project Associates Needed (PhD Students) "Museums and Controversial Collections"

Deadline: December 15, 2015

The two year project ​-​October 2015- September 2017- is financed by the
Romanian Research Agency (UEFISCDI) and administered by the New Europe
College -NEC: in Bucharest. "​Museums and Controversial Collections​"​ is a young researchers' project developed to bring together a pluridisciplinary team (political and legal anthropology, philosophy, aesthetics (art) history and museum studies) and to promote the development of international research networks. The project will fund fieldwork and research trips for associated doctoral students, but also travel costs for conferences and other events related to their research and to those organised by the project HeMaMuse. Associate members will be asked to collaborate in the organisation of project events, including summer schools and to help coordinate and edit publications.

The project'​s main premise is to consider museums as loci of memory and heritage, but also as fundamentally political places, where the relationships between the past, the present, and the future of a society are forged. It aims to consider a series of topical questions to current museum practice: What is the relationship between the postcolonial-era museum and the ​"​source"​ communities of the objects exposed? How do/ can post-colonial museums deal with the legacy of the colonial past? What interactions exist between the colonial archives and current artistic practices? Moreover, the research will adopt and develop the abundant post-colonial analysis of museums to the research context of problematic museum collections in Eastern Europe. How can post-colonial studies help understand museums in the post cold-war era? Can similar practices be observed in these museums as they deal with very different, difficult pasts? The aim of the group is to open the possibility of a comparison between the case studies undertaken by each of the six members of the team, including the two associated doctoral students. Studies already concern the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the British Museum in London, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, the Institute of the National Museums of Congo in Kinshasa, the Iziko Museums of South Africa, and several national and international networks and associations of museum professionals.

Doctoral students are invited to submit a research proposal either directly
related to their doctoral work or dealing with a subject related to the
project​'​s themes.

Applications (in English ou en français) can be sent to and before December 15th, 2015. They should include a C.V., a research proposal (3 pages), a 2 page summary of the PhD research project if the topic is different from the research proposal and a cover letter explaining his/her interest in the project and describing the research or fieldwork for which the applicant would like to obtain funding.

Project members:
Damiana Otoiu, Phd, project leader, lecturer in Political Anthropology,
University of Bucharest
Anna Seiderer, Phd, lecturer at the University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis
Simina Badica, Phd, curator at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in
Felicity Bodenstein, Phd, Postdoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches
Institut, Florenz.

Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to to and

CFP: RED ON RED: A Symposium on Post-Socialist Art and Critical Theory

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Organizers: Marijeta Bozovic, Julia Chan, Fabrizio Fenghi, Marta Figlerowicz April 8-9,2016, Yale University, New Haven, CT

A discernable boom in politically engaged, leftist art practices and critical theory is underway in Russia, China andEastern Europe, as well as in post-socialist countries of the Global South. This boom defies all expectations,emerging after the depoliticizing “transition” to capitalism in the 1990s and the seemingly reactionary historicalmoment. Activists as well as art collectives; critics; poets; grassroots filmmakers; video, performance, and digital artistsof all stripes are seeking alternative spaces for engaged aesthetic experimentation. In many cases, these aestheticproducers return to the emancipatory promises of earlier political and aesthetic experiments, reimagining them for thedigital age.

Setting in conversation researchers in Slavic, East German, East Asian, and Global South Studies at Yale andelsewhere, Red on Red seeks to establish a deeper and more transnational understanding of these recent aestheticand political developments. While the aesthetic movements we will discuss frequently have a strong media presence intheir native countries, they tend to be poorly known in other areas of the post- socialist world or in an internationalacademic context. By fostering such cross-linguistic dialogue, this project fills out a gap in these various movements’awareness of each other, as well as in their interdisciplinary study as a world phenomenon. Rather than merely applyWestern analytic frameworks to these movements, Red on Red develops new kinds of critical and aesthetic theory that areinherently grounded in a post-socialist context. Taking its cue from Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing Europe, it askswhat alternatives the utopian and dystopian spaces of post-socialist art can provide to traditional Western notions ofprogress, freedom, and history.

The symposium welcomes a wide range of theoretical and non-theoretical, comparative and more focused papers. Please submit 250-300-word abstracts to Julia Chan at no later than December 15, 2015.

Friday, November 20, 2015

CFP: Conference on Central and Eastern Europe, London, 20-21 Feb

Deadline: December 9, 2015

The 14th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe at UCL SSEES is pleased to announce the 2016 session - 'TRANSNATIONALISM(S): CONTEXTS, PATTERNS AND CONNECTIONS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION'.

Abstracts, CVs and queries should be directed to

Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship Program

Deadline: December 31, 2015
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.

The Wolfsonian collections are an important source for the study of architecture, design, and decorative arts in the late Habsburg period, as well as in interwar Austria, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Among the most notable parts of the collection are extensive materials, including textiles, design drawings, publications, and decorative arts, from the Wiener Werkstätte. The Wolfsonian also has a strong collection of Austrian graphic art, including both advertising posters and political propaganda.

Besides material from the Habsburg Empire and its successor states, the Wolfsonian also has extensive holdings from the United States, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany, and the Netherlands. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including France, Japan, and the former Soviet Union.

Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection.

For information, please contact:
Fellowship Coordinator
The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-535-2613 (phone)
305-531-2133 (fax)

CFP: Trans Temporality Conference

Deadline: December 1, 2015

University of Toronto, April 1, 2016

The Trans Temporality Conference is a one-day open gathering of scholars, students, community members, artists, and activists sharing our work and thoughts concerning the unique interdependence between narratives and constructions of normative bodies and linear time.

Interrogations into the relationship between bodies and time are thriving in Trans Studies, Indigenous Studies, Disability Studies, Critical Race Studies, among others, as well as within community forums and art practices. Together, these critical fields and methodologies challenge the ways medical, juridical, social, and political forces pressure nonnormative bodies to adhere to "straight" time to access healthcare, legal recognition, and a livable quality of life. Additionally, this open gathering asks to join the emerging theories of temporality by addressing the current state of trans intelligibility, considering its temporal possibilities and limitations, and by bringing into conversation interdisciplinary perspectives and practices.

We invite twenty-minute papers, three-person panels, and time-based performance and short films (under 20 minutes), on the following range of topics:

trans* subjectivities and time
temporalities of gender transition
dis-ease and bodily transformation
dis/ability and temporality
Indigenous temporalities
labour and temporality
racialized time
decolonizing time
philosophies of time
queer time
temporality in fiction
praxes of futurity (i.e. Afrofuturity)
time-based embodied technology
archives and archiving practices
temporality and incarceration (i.e. "doing time")
biological temporalities

Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to by December 1, 2015. Individual presentation/performance abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Abstracts for panels should be submitted together, with an additional 250 word summary outlining the panel's key themes. We ask that each abstract be accompanied by a short biography of the presenter (~150 words).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Funding: Mellon-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Deadline: January 16, 2016
The Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European Studies, and other professional development activities. CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowships fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe.

Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 16, 2016.

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Funding: Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Deadline: January 26, 2016

The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focusing on topics in European Studies in the humanities.

Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 26, 2016.

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