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VIRTUAL IAS Book Launch: Imaging and Mapping Eastern Europe

21 October 2021, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Imaging and Mapping Eastern Europe book cover

The Postsocialist Art Centre presents the launch of Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius’s Imaging and Mapping Eastern Europe with responses by Wendy Bracewell (SSEES UCL), Paweł Leszkowicz, (Adam Mickiewicz University) and Maja and Reuben Fowkes (IAS UCL).

This event is free.

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Imaging and Mapping Eastern Europe: Sarmatia Europea to the Post-Communist Bloc by Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius (New York and London: Routledge 2021)

The book puts images centre stage and argues for the agency of the visual in the construction of Europe’s east as a socio-political and cultural entity. It probes into the discontinuous processes of mapping the eastern European space and imaging the eastern European body. Beginning from renaissance maps of Sarmatia Europea, it moves onto images of women in ethnic dress on the pages of travellers’ reports from the Balkans, to cartoons of children bullied by dictators in the satirical press, to Cold War cartography, and it ends with photos of protesting crowds on contemporary dust jackets. It also argues that studying the eastern European ‘iconosphere’ leads to engagement with issues central for image studies and visual culture: word and image relationship, overlaps between the codes of othering and self-fashioning, as well as interaction between the diverse modes of production specific to cartography, travel illustrations, caricature, and book cover design.


  • Emeritus Professor Wendy Bracewell, SSEES UCL
  • Professor Paweł Leszkowicz, Department of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
  • Dr Maja Fowkes and Dr Reuben Fowkes, Post-Socialist Art Centre, IAS UCL
  • Dr Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, Birkbeck, University of London

If you missed the event you can watch the recording here:

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