VISUALIZING THE NATION

POST-SOCIALIST IMAGINATIONS

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | Budapest, November 27‒28, 2015

While nationalism was expected to vanish in the post-Cold War era, it has instead returned with a vengeance, empowered by a renewed vitality.The spectre of nationalism is haunting Europe,and not only in the former-Eastern bloc, but also in the more affluent countries, which have been impacted by the economic crisis and mass-migration. This conference, however, mainly focuses on the Eastern and Central European region after the fall of communism with consideration of and occasional comparison with cases from outside of the region.

It centres on the visual dimensions of nationalism, as nationalismis considered one of the most visual political currents. Yet conferences on nationalism, though abundant, hardly ever address this link. This one broadens the scope of interpretation, moving beyond an exploration of the political, sociological and philosophical aspects of the “imagined communities” of the present and focusing instead on the often overlooked but fundamental processes through which the nation is visualized.

The four sections of the two-day conference are post-socialist nationalisms; nationalizing public space; on the margins of the nation; and historicizing the nation.

Visualizing the Nation: Post-Socialist ImagiNations is staged as a concomitant event of the closing exhibition of the Private Nationalism Project entitled Imagined Communities, Personal Imaginations / Private Nationalism Budapest at Municipal Gallery – Kiscell Museum and Budapest Gallery, Budapest History Museum (October 28 – December 13, 2015).

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ORGANIZERS

Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Municipal Gallery – Kiscell Museum, Budapest History Museum

ERSTE Foundation

CONCEPT OF THE CONFERENCE

Edit András | Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

ORGANIZING TEAM

Edit András | Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Zsóka Leposa, Enikő Róka | Municipal Gallery – Kiscell Museum, Budapest History Museum

Maria Derntl, Miroslava Holečková | ERSTE Foundation

PROJECT MANAGER

Flóra Gadó | PhD student, ELTE