[spectre] (fwd) CONF: Mediating Spaces in Early Modern Central/Eastern Europe (online / 18 Mar 21)

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Sun Mar 14 07:43:46 CET 2021

From: Aleksander Musiał
Date: Mar 13, 2021
Subject: CONF: Mediating Spaces in Early Modern Central/Eastern Europe 
(online / 18 Mar 21)

online, Mar 18, 2021

We are delighted to host virtually the Princeton-Warsaw Symposium on 
Eastern European Art and Architecture, Proxy and Interstice: Mediating 
Spaces in Early Modern Central/Eastern Europe, on Thursday 18 March, 
from 9am to 3 pm, ET.

While current critical reexaminations of colonial legacies within 
academia have engendered prominent debates on the possibilities of 
writing ‘global art history’, their impact on scholarship on Eastern 
European art and architecture still remains limited. In questioning the 
prominence of the centre-periphery explanatory model, discourses 
regarding transnationalism, hybrid identities, and cross-cultural 
encounters remain restricted to specific, predominantly (post)modern, 
case studies, many of which were inspired by Piotr Piotrowski’s 
influential call for writing ‘horizontal art history’. Nevertheless, his 
emphasis on tracing global connectedness finds its counterpart in the 
region’s centuries-long social and cultural heterogeneity, with some of 
its most striking manifestations to be found in the heterodox artistic 
production of the Early Modern period. Far from a mere ‘where East meets 
West’ commonplace, Central/Eastern Europe constitutes a site of a 
dynamic negotiation interweaving Oriental and Occidental models, so 
reflecting and acting upon the contradictory social dynamics underlying 
the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Habsburg empire and their porous 
borderlands. In this process architecture played a prominent role, both 
by structuring the sociable tenets of such encounters, and by providing 
a platform for artistic merging in its very production. Our symposium 
aims to reappraise these insufficiently appreciated interpretative 
potentialities by exploring Eastern European architecture as a space of 
mediation, both on the levels of representation and social practice. In 
revisiting the questions of orientalism, patronage, and temporality, 
this approach will help explore architecture’s power to serve as both 
proxy and interstice: to simultaneously bridge and establish boundaries 
across cultures, periods and beyond.

Organizers: Dr hab. Barbara Arciszewska (University of Warsaw) & 
Aleksander Musiał (Princeton University)


14:00-14:10 Dr hab. Barbara Arciszewska (University of Warsaw)
Welcome Remarks

14:10-14:55 Prof. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann (Princeton University)
Opening lecture: The Imperial Theme in Architecture and Art of the 
Polish Vasas

Session One: Networks of Patronage

15:00-15:15 Johanna Suzanna Hermán (Princeton University)
The Patronage of Cardinal Tamás Bakócz de Erdevd (1442-1521): Between 
Corvinian Aegis, Jagiellonian Rule, and Papal Auspices

15:15-15:30 Łukasz Traczyk (University of Warsaw)
Professional background of Warsaw architects in the mid-17th century

15:30-15:45 Esther Griffin (University of Warsaw Palamusto grant)
Marie Casimire Sobieska (1641-1716): networks of architectural patronage 
and collecting

15:45-15:55 Discussion
Respondent: Felix Schmieder (University of Warsaw Palamusto grant)

Session Two: Spaces of Confluence

16:00-16:15 Dr Anna Oleńska (Polish Academy of Sciences)
In the shadow of someone else? Women as co-patrons in arts in the 
18th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

16:15-16:30 Prof. Carolyn Guile (Colgate University, NY)

16:30-16:45 Dr Izabela Kopania (Polish Academy of Sciences)
‘A Living Image of Antiquity.’ Locating Chinese Art in Polish Culture at 
the Turn of the 19th Century

16:45-16:55 Discussion
Respondent: Prof. Jakub Sito (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Related event
17:00-18:15 Dr Rosalind Blakesley (University of Cambridge)
Power and Paint: Patronage of Women Artists at the Court of Catherine II
Event co-organized by Princeton Institute for International Regional 
Studies, and Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Session three:    Proximity of Distance

18:30-18:45 Albert Kozik (University of Warsaw)
Half Turkish, Half Chinese: Stanislas Leszczyński’s ‘Chinese’ Pavilion 
in Lunéville and the Cross-Cultural Dynamics of the Polish-Ottoman Border

18:45-19:00 Luciano Vanni (Princeton University)
Hercules against Cacus and Busiris: The Habsburg-Lorraine Dynasty, the 
loss of Silesia, and the new sculptural decoration of Prague Castle.

19:00-19:15 Magdalena Królikiewicz (Royal Castle in Warsaw)
Turquerie and life at the Saxon court. About four genre paintings by 
Johann Samuel Mock.

19:15-19:30 Yifu Liu (Princeton University)
Multiplicity of Chinoiserie: Drawings of Chinese Architecture in the 
Collection of Izabela Lubomirska in the Łańcut Castle

19:30-19:45 Discussion
Respondent: Claire Sabitt (Princeton University)

19:45-20:00 Aleksander Musiał (Princeton University)
Closing remarks

Register here: http://bit.ly/031821WebinarMusial
Paper abstracts can be found following this link: http://bit.ly/3qIrI4T

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Mediating Spaces in Early Modern Central/Eastern Europe (online / 
18 Mar 21). In: ArtHist.net, Mar 13, 2021. 


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