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perjovschi dan on Sun, 16 Dec 2001 09:01:05 +0100 (CET)

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>From Art History to Visual Culture: 
Studying the Visual after the Cultural Turn 
 July 8-July 26, 2002

Course Director:             
Margaret Dikovitskaya, 
Columbia University, USA

Resource Persons:           
Edit Andras, Institute of Art History, Hungary; Katy
Deepwell, N. Paradoxa: International Feminist Art
Journal, UK; Margaret Dikovitskaya, Columbia
University, USA; Steven Mansbach, Pratt Institute,
USA; Kobena Mercer, Middlesex University, UK; Nicholas
Mirzoeff, SUNY (Stony Brook), USA; Piotr Piotrowski,
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland


Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is threefold. First, it
will assess the claim of Western modernist aesthetics
to universal currency in terms of an alternative
modernist tradition in Central Eastern Europe. Second,
it will raise the issue of gaining/losing regional
identity in both art and art theory in the recent past
(due to communism) and in the present (due to European
unification and globalization). Third, it will
familiarize the participants with the recent
theoretical developments in western visual culture
studies, postcolonial studies, and feminist theory.
The course will have an international and comparative


Course Level and Target Audience
This course is designed for those with prior knowledge
of the history of art. Preference will be given to
faculty members of institutions of higher learning and
researchers with professional experience in art
history and theory, art education, art criticism,
aesthetics, museum studies, and cultural studies. The
course will offer an advanced analysis of the proposed



This course, a sequel to "History and Theory of Art
after the Cultural Turn" (2001 CEU SUN), will examine
the status of art-historical knowledge in relation to
the recent theoretical developments in the humanities
and the social sciences. It will be structured
thematically: "Methodological Myths in Modernist
Culture", "Art around the Wall: Central-Eastern Europe
between the Past and the Future”; "Art and Art Theory
after the Wall: Difficulties of Tradition in
Eastern-Central Europe at the End of the 20th
Century"; Visual culture; Overview of visual culture's
theoretical frameworks and of postcolonial theories;
“Examining 'Race' and Ethnicity in 20th Century Art”;
Differences in feminist approaches in art criticism,
art history and art practice 


Teaching Methods
Daily seminars will be supplemented by lectures and a
film screening. Each day a set of readings dealing
with a particular topic will be assigned; participants
are expected to be familiar with the readings and to
be prepared to discuss them. Critiques and discussions
should act as major motivators for the participants,
unlike the situation of the traditional
lecture-format. Participants are asked to submit by
the middle of the third week a short paper (approx. 5
pages) on their experience of the course. This may
take the form of a diary or an essay on one of the
approaches to interpretation considered in this


 Non-discrimination policy statement

Central European University does not discriminate on
the basis of--including, but not limited to--race,
color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender or
sexual orientation in administering its educational
policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan
programs, and athletic and other school-administered


For further information:

CEU Summer University
Nádor u. 9, Budapest, Hungary 1051

Tel.: (36 1) 327 3069, 327 3811

Fax: (36 1) 327 3124

E-mail: summeru {AT} ceu.hu 

Website: http://www.ceu.hu/sun/sunindx.html

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