1989’S Loose Ends
07 November 2019–08 November 2019, 9:00 am–7:00 pm
We are delighted to share the details of this conference. Marking the collapse of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, this conference sets out to take a global look at 1989 and its contradictory legacies.
This event is free.
Darwin B40 Lecture TheatreDarwin BuildingGower Street, UCLLondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
Five panels and two keynote presentations will explore the impact of 1989 on art, history, literature, culture and philosophy, while simultaneously considering this momentous year’s relevance to many of the worrisome political processes taking place in the world today.
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER
- 9.30 – 10.00 Registration & Coffee
- 10.00 – 10.30 Opening Remarks from Diane P. Koenker and Peter Zusi
ENDS OF HISTORY
Session 1 – 10.30 – 13.00
- Chair: Tim Beasley-Murray
- Maria Toropova, From Church Revival to Church Reboot: The Evolution of the Russian Orthodox Church in Post-Soviet Russia.
- Ivan Medenica, The BITEF Paradox: From Representation to the Deconstruction of Cultural Paradigms.
- András Lénart, The Caribbean ‘Orphans’ of the Soviet Union: Relations between Cuba and the United States of America after 1989.
- Zainub Verjee, Uncovering the Ground: The Other Art Histories of 1989 and the Visibility of the Indigenous Renaissance.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
SPECTRES OF MARX
Session 2 – 14.00 – 16.30
- Chair: Lina Džuverović
- Narendra Pachkhédé, Inscribing Eqbal Ahmad as the Intellectual-Revolutionary of the Third World.
- Joshua Simon, Post-Soviet Anti-Communism and the Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
- Magdalena Radomska, Speaking Marxism of 1989.
- Suzana Milevska, The Class Issue in the Arts Before and After the Berlin Wall.
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break
ARE WE HISTORY?
- Keynote Presentation – 17.00 – 18.00
- Anthony Gardner, Head of the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University.
FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Session 3 – 10.00 – 12.30
- Chair: Anya Smirnova
- Sofia Jamal, Framing 1989 as a Critical Decolonial Moment: In Visible Colours – An Artefact of Third World Solidarity in Canada.
- Mónika Dánél, Lost in Transition? 1989 from Hungarian and Romanian Perspectives.
- Beáta Hock, The ‘Soros-Plan’ and the Stakes in Culture.
- Dimitra Gkitsa, Collective Curating in the Post-Communist Space.
12.30 – 13.00 Lunch Break
Session 4 – 13.30pm – 14.30
- Chair: Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz
- Anna Dobrowolska, A Forgotten Sexual Revolution? State-Socialist Sexualities and the 1990s ‘Sexual Liberation’ in Poland.
- Nashuyuan Serenity Wang, Spatialising Forbidden Eastern Desires: Queer Identities within the Entangled Temporalities of the Post-1989 Chinese Queer Cinema.
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
Session 5 – 15.30 – 17.30
- Chair: Michał Murawski
- Roberto De Vogli, Global Neoliberalism: The ‘End of History’ or the Beginning of a New Religion?
- Niko Vicario, Seamlessness: The Surfaces of Art and Architecture since 1989.
- Bingchun Meng, From Tiananmen to Victoria Park: Historicizing the 2019 Hong Kong Protests.
17.00 – 17.30 Coffee Break
AFTER THE FALL
- Keynote Presentation – 18.00 – 19.00
- Marina Gržinić, Artist, Philosopher, & Full Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna
The conference is organised by Marko Ilić (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL SSEES), and Katarína Lichvárová, (The Courtauld Institute of Art). It has been made possible through the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust, The FRINGE Centre for the Study of Social and Cultural Complexity, and UCL’s Octagon Small Grants Fund.