CFP: Artistic Re-enactments as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern European Performance Art, 1960–present

I am pleased to announce that I will be chairing a session at next year’s Association of Art Historians annual conference, and I would welcome your proposals for a paper on artistic re-enactments in the context of performance art in Eastern Europe.

CFP: Artistic Re-enactments as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern European Performance Art, 1960–present

Association of Art Historians (AAH) Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 7-9 April 2016

Deadline for abstracts: 9 November 2015

Convenor: Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen,

Description: The re-enactment of artistic performances and actions is a topic that has garnered much attention in recent years, most notably catalogued in Amelia Jones’ and Adrian Heathfield’s substantial publication Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History (2012). Given the fact that, in many cases, artistic transfer from one generation to the next did not occur in the traditional manner – through the academies – in Eastern Europe, re-enactments of artistic performance can function, in the region, as a witness to the forgotten past, functioning as a vehicle of cultural memory. Additionally, it can facilitate the transfer of ideas, history and practice from one generation to the next.

This panel invites papers that discuss artistic re-enactments of performances from across the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe in recent artistic practice. The papers in the panel should interrogate some of the following questions: What are the various functions of artistic re-enactments of performances in Eastern Europe? How do these functions compare with current understandings of re-enactment in the West? How can re-enactments be used to access a lost or inaccessible history (such as performance art in Eastern Europe)? Also welcome are papers that consider revisiting culturally relevant or historically significant places by artists or within the context of artistic re-enactments.

Please download the proposal form at and use the template to submit your abstract of no more than 250 words to Amy Bryzgel: by November 9, 2015. Please follow the guidelines on the form.

The proposal form provides details of the conference fees. Please note that as this panel will take place as part of the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians, no funding is available for travel or accommodation. All speakers are self-funded, and are also responsible for the conference fees. Members of AAH receive a discount on the conference fees.

About Amy Bryzgel

I am Professor in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, where I specialise in modern and contemporary art from Eastern Europe.
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