UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


FRINGE Projects

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2018-: Perverting the Power Vertical: Politics and. Aesthetics in the Global East
Which power verticals hold sway over the Global East (and south and west and north)? And how can we identify alternative styles, shapes and geometries of power – horizontals, diagonals, perpendiculars, transversals, skews and intersections – within and without the (past, present and future of) the “trans-socialist” Global East? PPV is a restless-but-rooted events platform convened by Michał Murawski, Masha Mileeva and Denis Maksimov. In 2019-2020, PPV operates under the theme “PiraMMMida”. Please see PPV’s bespoke website for more detailed information.

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2017/2018: Redefining Russian Diaspora

Starting with the premise that there is no single ‘fundamental’ Russian cultural formation, this workshop examined the strategies of discursive constructions of Russianness and the Russian identity as enacted through cultural production in the geographically, chronologically and culturally distinct locations. Workshop convened by: Dr. Maria Rubins


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2016/2017: Illegal Housing as a Global Phenomenon

This project will bring together global scholarship on squatting. Conceptual and intellectual parallels shall be established between Eastern Europe and other global areas. Workshop convened by: Dr. Udo Grashoff



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2016/2015: The Centre Cannot Hold? 

This project explore the aesthetics, politics, economics and affects of centrality and monumentality, from their 20th century golden age to their contemporary inheritances, afterlives, ruins and appropriations. Workshop convened by: Dr. Michal Murawski