MoDe(s): second round 2018-2020!

The research project MoDe(s)-Decentralized Modernities: Art, Politics and Counterculture in the Transatlantic Axis during the Cold War is continuing with its second phase financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

The first 3 years of MoDe(s) concluded with a very positive balance: in total, 18 public activities were held including seminars, international conferences, workshops; in addition to numerous individual and collective publications and the participation of team members in conferences and seminars related to the topics covered by MoDe(s). The activities carried out can be followed through our website

In 2018, we started MoDe(s)2, a new phase of the project (2018-2020, HAR2017-82755-P), which lines of work are inscribed in the continuity of the first phase, however incorporating new themes and focuses of attention. Among them, MoDe(s)2 proposes to analyse the contribution of the arts in the configuration of multiple collective consciousnesses (class, gender, race); to establish a vocabulary of concepts that analyses the semantic turns of artistic and cultural language shaped during the Cold War and still in force today; to evaluate the role of contemporary artistic and curatorial practices in the critical narration of the social, political, economic and cultural legacies of the Cold War.

We welcome new members in the project direction and team! The researcher and visual artist María Ruido will share the direction with Paula Barreiro López during this second phase. In addition to MoDe(s)’ previous team, the project also counts with the participation of Lee Douglas, Lola Jiménez Blanco, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel and Giulia Lamoni, as well as new PhD candidates. Throughout these three years, collaborations with new interlocutors and organizations are planned, to open our field to disciplines such as history, political science, sociology and the visual arts. We are also pursuing the challenge of digital humanities, with the MoDe(s) database and the visualization of research data through geographic information systems (GIS).

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We would like to thank all the people who have collaborated with MoDe(s) in its first phase and participated in its public activities, and the public for their interest throughout these three years. Thank you very much to all of you! We keep going!