Coming soon! Cold Atlantic Doctoral Seminar

Equipo Crónica. El realismo socialista y el Pop Art en el campo de batalla, 1969. Painting, Collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Temporary deposit of Manuel Valdés (2010).

Soon you will be able to check the programme of the Doctoral Seminar organized in the framework of the Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the Time of the Iron Curtain International Conference.

Save the date! The Seminar will be held at the University of Barcelona, on September 8th and 9th, 2016.

It is aimed at doctoral students working on topics related to the conference at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid (5-7 September) and its four thematic axes (1.Networks and ‘contact zones’ for a non-aligned geopolitical order, 2.Resistance, dissidence and utopia(s), 3. Competing hegemonies and 4.Global order: Cold War and beyond). The four discussion panels will be chaired by international specialists and scholars, and the Seminar will also include keynote lectures, exhibition visits and roundtables.
Based on the current research of the selected participants, it will serve as a platform to discuss the transatlantic exchanges between North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America bringing into the fore other hubs of artistic exchange and influence, aiming not just to de-center the (still predominant) Paris-New York axis, but also to foster a discussion that gives a voice to cultural expressions that were generated outside the official power structures.
Parting from the destabilization of the status quo, with the Bandung conference in 1955 and Hungarian revolution in 1956, we aim to emphasize forms of mediation, dissidence and resistance that offered alternative responses to the ideological and aesthetic schism that dominated social, political, artistic and curatorial practices after WWII.