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Art, politics and counterculture in the transatlantic axis from the Cold War to contemporaneity

Decentralized Modernities is an international research platform that brings together researchers from different centres in Europe, South and North America. In its current configuration, it develops two main lines of work. The first focuses on a comparative analysis of centres of the Atlantic axis, emphasising the forms of mediation, negotiation and resistance to the ideological, aesthetic and cultural schism of the Cold War. The second studies the impact that (social, cultural and political) forms from this historical period still have today, both on the configuration of the realities of our present time and on current artistic practices.

The idea is to highlight the links between the artistic/cultural world and social and labour, as well as national liberation and counter-cultural movements that conveyed dissident responses to the Cold War’s geopolitical order, contributing to decentralize the normative, western and colonial modernity.

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12 July, 2021

A neoliberal counter-revolution? Cultural Imaginaries, Political Subjectivities and New World Order (1979 – 2019)

The international conference “A neoliberal counter-revolution? Cultural Imaginaries, Political Subjectivities and New World Order (1979 – 2019)” will take place on 16 and 17 September 2021 at MACBA. Responding to the reflections developed in the framework of the research projects Decentralised Modernitie(s) and Fossil Aesthetics, this international conference asks about the role that cultural imaginaries have played in the shaping of neoliberal subjectivity during the period from 1979 to 2019.

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27 June, 2021

Against the Canon: Artistic and Historical Narratives on the Two Sides of the Iron Curtain (1960-1990)

The seminar “Against the Canon: Artistic and Historical Narratives on the Two Sides of the Iron Curtain (1960-1990)” (9 July) aims to recover the notion of “canon” as a rationality or way of thinking. This seminar will present projects that revisit experiences rooted on both sides of the Iron Curtain, rehearsing other ways of thinking contemporaneity – its discourses, its practices, its relations, its institutions – but also the experience of working with the MoDe(s) project database, a tool for the exploration of these historiographical alternatives.

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7 May, 2021

Looking at us head-on: Spain, Portugal and their images

“Looking at us head-on: Spain, Portugal and their images” will take place on June 23 and 25. This seminar is proposed as a dialogue between scholars of politics, anthropology, art, film and visual culture from Spain and Portugal, two states that have had a tense historical relationship, almost parallel dictatorial periods, and have had their backs to each other for far too long.

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Project I+D HAR2017-82755-PMinistry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Spain

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Katrhyn Brown 

Le pouvoir du collectionneur dans le domaine culturel : enjeux et tendances
(Grenoble, 13 April 2021)

Béatrice Joyeux Prunel

La discordance des temps mise en oeuvres. Au-delà de l’opposition stérile entre géohistoire culturelle et histoire de l’art focalisée sur les oeuvres
(Geneva, 9 November 2020)

Élodie Lebeau

Le Musée de la Solidarité Salvador Allende, de l’Unité Populaire au retour d’exil (1971-1991
(Grenoble, 8 October 2020)

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