Highly Curved Loops of Space-Time: Art History in Regional Perspective

Suzana Milevska was appointed the first Endowed Professor for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The inaugural lecture will be held on 15 October 2013 at 6.00 p.m at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies within the frame of the lecture series “Theoretical approaches and methods”.

In her first public lecture at the Academy she will address the methodological issues related to teaching art history courses that focus on art produced in certain geo-political regions. She argues that although in the period of globalisation it became obvious that the discipline of art history is influenced by other fields and disciplines (e.g. cultural geography, visual anthropology and visual culture studies) that inevitably take into account of different pace of the uneven development of different cultures and regions, the main question still remains how to balance the global, specific and singular art phenomena.

The lecture will discuss the interdisciplinary methodology and other socio-political and cultural issues such as the urgency of taking into account feminist and queer research methodology as a relevant starting point for the offered “reversed perspective” in teaching art history. Particular focus will be put on specificity of research methods and teaching art history in the context of art academies.

Suzana Milevska is a theorist of art and visual culture, and also a curator. She obtained her PhD at Goldsmiths College in London. In 2004 she became Fulbright Visiting Scholar, and in 2001 P. Getty Curatorial Research Fellow. From 2006 to 2008, Suzana Milevska was Director of the Center for Visual and Cultural Research of Skopje, Macedonia. Since 1992 she has curated more than 70 international exhibitions. Her texts on the construction of national identity and gender difference in Balkan art and visual culture have been widely published. Her long term interdisciplinary project The Renaming Machine (2008-2010) consisted of a series of exhibitions and conferences (Ljubljana, Skopje, Pristina, Zagreb, Vienna, etc.) and the publication The Renaming Machine. Milevska also published the book Gender Difference in the Balkans (Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag, 2010). She worked as a researcher for the projects Gender Check and Call the Witness – Roma Pavilion at the 54 International Art Exhibition -Venice Biennale-Collateral Event, 2011 and curated the exhibitions Call the Witness, BAK, Utrecht,and Roma Protocol at the Austrian Parliament. For her work as curator and theorist of art and visual culture that focuses on research of art in post-socialist and transitional societies, collaborative and participatory art practices, feminist and queer contexts in 2012 she received the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory and the ALICE Award for political curating.

Inaugural lecture by Suzana Milevska
at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies
Date: 15 October 2013, 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, M13a

Welcome address:
Andrea B. Braidt, Vice Rector for Art and Research, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Ruth Sonderegger, Deputy chair of the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies

The Endowed Professorship for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories is a co-operation between the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and ERSTE Foundation.