[spectre] CONF: Radical Culture in Eastern Europe in the 60s and 70s (online, 27 Sep-4 Oct 22)

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Thu Sep 23 06:27:15 CEST 2021

From: Mari Laanemets
Date: Sep 22, 2021
Subject: CONF: Radical Culture in Eastern Europe in the 60s and 70s 
(online, 27 Sep-4 Oct 22)

online, Sep 27–Oct 4, 2021

To the Left of Power? Radical Culture in Eastern Europe in the 1960s and 

New research has put attention on the different faces of the 
Counterculture that emerged and spread in Eastern Europe under communist 
rule in the late 1960s and 1970s. Communes, psychedelics and other 
aspects of the hippie lifestyle were embraced as alternatives both to 
conservative 'bourgeois' life and the hollow revolutionary rhetoric of 
Soviet power. Some took a more ideological approach by aligning 
themselves to the Civil Rights and the Anti-Vietnam War movements in the 
West, or by drawing inspiration from the liberation movements in Cuba 
and Africa or even the Cultural Revolution in Mao's China. Sexuality and 
gender also formed new fronts of political action and thinking.

In this online workshop - organised in two separate sessions (with 
different Zoom links) - contributors will explore the ways in which 
Counter-Cultural affinities and New Left politics were channelled by 
artists, theatre, film-makers, writers, musicians and others in Eastern 
Europe in the 1960s and 1970s.

This event is free and open to all. No booking required - just log in to 
the zoom links below. All times CEST.

This workshop is organised by Ieva Astahovska, Mari Laanemets and David 
Crowley with the support of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and 
the Nep4Dissent Research Network, an EU COST Action Association - 

Full details of the programme, speaker bios and abstracts are available 
at https://lcca.lv/en/


Monday 27 September 2021 - 14.00-17.30

Zoom link 

Password 208522

Session 1 - chaired by Mari Laanemets and Ieva Astahovska

14.00-14.30 Gabriela Świtek
Against War and Fascism - The 1970 International Exhibition in Warsaw 
and the Pacifism of the Counterculture

14.30-15.00 Marko Zubak
US Counterculture and the Yugoslav Youth Press

15.00-15.30 Dorota Jarecka and Paulina Olszewska Decolonizations from a 
Socialist Perspective

15.30-16.00 Magdalena Radomska
Was the Cobblestone a Weapon of the Proletariat in Hungarian Art of the 

16.00-16.30 Wiktoria Szczupacka
Art Workers Between Avant-Garde Art Circles and the Cultural Policy of 
the Late Communist State - KwieKulik’s Artistic Practice and the Issue 
of Work during the 1970s in the People’s Republic of Poland

16.30-17.00 David Crowley
‘New Art of the Times of the October Revolution’ or ‘Avant-garde and 

17.00 Discussion

Monday 4th October 2021 - 12.00-17.00

Zoom link

Password 044489

Keynote talk and conversation

12.00-13.00 Keti Chukhrov on 'Practicing the Good: Desire and Boredom in 
Soviet Socialism'

Session 2 - chaired by David Crowley

14.00-14.30 Alessandra Franetovich ‘Cosmic Thoughts’ in Moscow 
Conceptualism during the 1970s

14.30-15.00 Cristian Nae
Eclectic Spiritualism in Romanian Experimental Art during the 1970s

15.00-15.30 Ana Peraica
Between National Upheavals and the Culture of Drugs - On Some New 
Photographs of Red Peristyle (Split, Yugoslavia, 1968)

15.30-16.00 Samo Oleami
Slovene Neo-avantgardes 1964-75 - OHO and 442 / Pupilija Ferkeverk

16.00-16.30 Agata Jakubowska
Between Science of Desire and Free Love - Maria Pinińska-Bereś and Jana 
Želibská on female sexuality

16.30 Concluding discussion

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Radical Culture in Eastern Europe in the 60s and 70s (online, 27 
Sep–4 Oct 22). In: ArtHist.net, Sep 22, 2021. 

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