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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30 April, 2022

CFP – The Ways of Archiving. Practices, Conditions and Discourses around the Study of Arts and Culture

Call for papers “The Ways of Archiving. Practices, Conditions and Discourses around the Study of Arts and Culture” (Deadline for submission: 31 may 2022). The objective of this International Workshop is to further explore the current debates around the issue of archiving, specifically those that emerge from the interaction between consolidated forms of historical knowledge and their critical counterpoints.

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29 April, 2022

Rebellious arts and writings: dissident images and language resistance

Soon: “Arts et écrits rebelles : images dissidentes et résistance de la langue” (Rebellious art and writing: dissident images and linguistic resistance, May 11- 15, 2022) at the Centre Culturel International de Cerisy (Cerisy-la-Salle, France). This conference will seek to examine the rebellious and ingenious thinking of dissidence in the arts and in writing. Among the speakers will be Juan Albarrán, Paula Barreiro López and Maria Ruido from MoDe(s).

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28 April, 2022

CFP – Against Citizenship: Visual belongings and transnational affects

CFP – “Against Citizenship: Visual belongings and transnational affects” (Deadline: June 1st, 2022). This special issue of “Cultural Dynamics” seeks to gather contributions that deal with affective and transnational networks that position themselves against or facing the “fantasy” of an egalitarian citizenship, understanding that it is not intrinsically segregating, but aleatory and artificial, in the same way that the creation and existence of states.

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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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