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The Centre offers a vibrant and stimulating research environment with an extensive list of seminars, performances, panel discussions and other events.

Call for papers for the Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts Conference

Forthcoming Events

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Previous Events

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Debrisphere, Landscape as an extension of the military imagination, 2017
SAVA: Epistemologies of the Socialist Anthropocene

A panel discussion with Jonathan Oldfield (University of Birmingham), Eglė Rindzevičiūtė (Kingston University) and artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan (SAVA Creative Fellows UCL). Moderated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes (Postsocialist Art Centre
14 March 2023, 5pm-7pm

Jonas Staal: 94 Million Years of Collectivism

A guest lecture and screening of 94 Million Years of Collectivism by artist Jonas Staal for the first Research Week of the Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts (SAVA), with responses by John Sabapathy (UCL History / UCL Anthropocene) and Anna
13 March 2023, 6pm-7:30pm

Horizontal Art History and Beyond
Book Launch: Horizontal Art History and Beyond

A Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) panel discussion on horizontality in global art history with Agata Jakubowska (Institute of Art History Warsaw), Magdalena Radomska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Jelena Stojković (Oxford Brookes
3 February 2023, 6pm-8pm

Kateryna Aliinyk, Ukrainian garden, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 160 cm
OCCUPY PPV #04 x Postsocialist Art Centre: Political Gardening

A panel discussion co-organised by the OCCUPY PPV: Politics and Aesthetics at UCL SSEES and UCL Postsocialist Art Centre at Institute of Advanced Studies
20 January 2023, 6pm-8pm

decolonial ecologies
SAVA: System Change not Climate Change

IAS Researchers Maja and Reuben Fowkes will give a guest lecture on “System Change not Climate Change (Lessons of the Socialist Anthropocene)” for the public programme of the exhibition Decolonial Ecologies at Riga Art Space, Latvia.
10 January 2023, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Visions of Ecology poster
SAVA Online Lecture on the Socialist Anthropocene at Yale

IAS Researchers Maja and Reuben Fowkes will give an online lecture on 'Sweet Ruins: Infrastructures of the Socialist Anthropocene' in the Yale University VISIONS OF ECOLOGY lecture series on Art and the Environment in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
8 December 2022, 5pm-6pm

Book cover, Art and Climate Change
SAVA: Art and Climate Change

Join us for an evening of discursive, sonic, visual and sensory interventions at the Showroom with authors Maja and Reuben Fowkes, featured artists Tuur van Balen, Sonia Levy and Himali Singh Soin, as well as Katarzyna Depta-Garapich from the Slade.
8 November 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm

anca benera and arnold estefan ground control centrala exhibition
Confrontations Panel on East European Art in the UK

The Post Socialist Art Centre invites Lina Džuverović, curator and lecturer at Birkbeck College, Alicja Kaczmarek, founding director of Centrala Space and Polish Expats Association, and Vlad Morariu, lecturer at Middlesex University and founding
20 May 2022, 6pm-7:30pm

Les Promesses du Passe, from the Pompidou Library
Confrontations: Lecture by Christine Macel on 'The Reception of East European Art in France'

The Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) and Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art (CSCA) are delighted to welcome Christine Macel, chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, to give a guest lecture on “The Reception of Art from Former Eastern Europe in
19 May 2022, 6pm-7:30pm

Imaging and Mapping Eastern Europe book cover
VIRTUAL IAS Book Launch: Imaging and Mapping Eastern Europe

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
21 October 2021, 6pm-8pm

Art exhibition Potential Agrarianisms at Kunsthalle Bratislava
VIRTUAL: Potential Agrarianisms

A discussion streamed from the exhibition Potential Agrarianisms at Kunsthalle Bratislava, with artists Anetta Mona Chişa, Annalee Davis, Oto Hudec and Ferenc Grof in conversation with curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes (PACT, IAS).
11 October 2021, 2pm-3:30pm

people dancing
VIRTUAL IAS Festival: Floral Collectivism: Postsocialist Eco-Epistemologies

A panel discussion with artist Alexandra Pirici and members of Woods - Community for Cultivation, Theory and Art, Edith Jeřábková and Tereza Porybná, with responses by Ashley Dawson (Professor of Postcolonial Studies CUNY Graduate Center) and
6 May 2021, 2:30pm-4pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Conference Diplomacy: Points East in Postsocialist Art History

An online seminar with Henry Meyric Hughes, Tracy Mackenna, Andrew Nairne, Marjetica Potrč and Nedko Solakov to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Points East conference on East European art. Introduced and moderated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes.
10 December 2020, 6pm-7:30pm

plastic bottle with a plant growing out of it, Diana Lelonek, Center of Living Things
IAS Waste: Biopolitics of the Plasticene

Panel discussion exploring artistic interventions in a plasticised world, with presentations by art historian Amanda Boetzkes (University of Guelph, Canada), author of Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste (MIT Press, 2019) and
24 January 2020, 6pm-8pm

third text
IAS Book Launch: Another Artworld Was Possible - the Socialist Art System Revisited

This panel discussion brings together contributors to the special issue of Third Text on Actually Existing Artworlds of Socialism and guest respondents to debate the legacy of the socialist system for contemporary art and politics.
13 June 2019, 6pm-8pm

Ilona Nemeth
IAS Turbulence: Ilona Németh on the Turbulent Geohistories of Sugar

A presentation by artist Ilona Németh of Eastern Sugar, her acclaimed work on the post-communist decline of the Slovak sugar beet industry, with interventions by spatial practitioners Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) and
13 March 2019, 6pm-8pm

Dušan Otašević, Towards Communism on Lenin’s Course, 1967. Painted wood, 95 x 95 x 2cm. Courtesy Mira Otašević collection and artist.
PACT IAS Launch: East European Art Confrontations

Panel discussion to launch Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History at the Post-socialist Art Centre (PACT), with Maja and Reuben Fowkes plus guests.
12 November 2018, 6pm-8pm