Selected courses

Out of 49 applications from 11 countries the PATTERNS Lectures Advisors selected 12 courses that will be taught in 8 different countries throughout the academic year 2014/2015:

Austria (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Croatia (1),Hungary (1), Poland (3), Romania (2), Serbia (1), Slovakia (1).


Austria

The Material Culture of the Far Right
University:
University of Vienna, Institute for East European History
Lecturers:
Agnieszka Pasieka and Philipp Ther
Course term:
summer semester 2017

Our course will familiarise students with recent developments in the study of material culture by examining objects produced, used and/or promoted by far-right organisations. It will combine an investigation of two highly relevant research areas – material culture and far-right movements – both of which have been rapidly developing in recent years but have rarely been analysed jointly. The problems to be discussed include: common patterns and symbols; processes of borrowings and exchanges; the place of far-right iconography in the public sphere.

Lecturers:

Agnieszka Pasieka is an anthropologist by training and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for East European History, University of Vienna, where she is currently conducting a project on cooperation between far-right movements in CEE. Her research interests centre around religious and ethnic pluralism, minorities, nationalism, and historical anthropology.

Philipp Ther is professor of Central European history at the Institute for East European History, University of Vienna. Previously he was a professor of comparative European history at the EUI in Florence. He is a specialist in cultural and social history, study of nationalism and post-socialist transformation.


Bosnia and Hercegovina

Design and Crisis
University: University of Bihac, Department of Textile Design
Lecturer: Irfan Hošić
Course term: summer semester 2017

The main aim of this course is to detect, analyse and catalogue design practices in late socialist, post-socialist and post-industrial landscapes of ex-Yugoslav countries with a particular focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina. By developing awareness about regional design history and formulating critical questions in local social and cultural contexts, the course pays attention to inventive and successful design projects from 1989 onward, but also foregrounds most Yugoslav countries’ transition from an industrial environment to one shaped by crisis.

Lecturer:

Irfan Hošić completed his PhD in the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia). Hošić is an assistant professor in the Department of Textile Design at the University of Bihać (Bosnia and Herzegovina).



Croatia

Creative Cultural Resistance: Art for Social Change
University: University of Rijeka/ Academy of Applied Arts Rijeka, Acting and Media Studies
Lecturer: Maša Magzan
Course term: winter semester 2016/2017

The goal of the course is to open an innovative trans-disciplinary platform that provides opportunities for students to reflect on and engage in the local specific actions that foster civic engagement and social impact through the arts. By completing creative assignments and participating in collaborative art projects, students will develop a critical perspective on the past but also increase their awareness about how new artistic and activist practices can be used in order to promote cross-cultural understanding and solidarity today, in the midst of a migrant crisis and surging right-wing movement in Europe.

Lecturer:

Dr Masha Magzan is an assistant professor in the Department of Acting and Media Studies at the Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka. The focus of her work is on the growing intersection between anthropology, sociology and the arts, disciplines that involve culture and people’s negotiation of social realities.


Hungary

Crisis, Art and Political Activism in Central and Eastern Europe
University: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Design and Art Theory
Lecturers: Ágnes Gagyi and Márton Szarvas
Course term: summer semester 2017

The course investigates the transformation in the relationship between art and political activism in the context of the post-2008 period of crisis, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe and the case of Hungary, blending structural analysis with introspective/creative practice.

On the level of structural analysis, the course conceptualises the present crisis as a cyclical crisis of the capitalist world system. Responses to the crisis on the level of nation-state politics in CEE, as well as in anti-systemic movement cycles, are interpreted relative to that context.

Lecturers:

Agnes Gagyi is a social movement researcher who works on East Central European movements from a global historical perspective. She is a Research Fellow at the New Europe College, Bucharest, and member of the Budapest-based Working Group for Public Sociology, “Helyzet”.

Márton Szarvas graduated from the Department of Design and Art Theory at the Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design in 2013. Currently he is an MA student in sociology and social anthropology at Central European University . Szarvas is an active member of the Working Group for Public Sociology, “Helyzet”.

Art Always Has its Consequences//Feasible Utopias between Stock Exchange and Social (Ex)Change
University: The Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Intermedia Department
Lecturer: János Sugár
Course term: winter semester 2016/2017

The primary aim of the course is to critically examine current economic transformations in the CEE region and to experiment with alternative economic models. In promoting critical thinking through art, we encourage students to analyse, raise questions and reflect on the topics over the course of two semesters. A major aim is to deal with day-to-day questions that students are facing (often with the dilemma of choosing between books and food, study and work) but that are not yet traditionally part of usual university arts curricula.

Lecturer:

János Sugár (b. 1958, prof. DLA habil) is a visual artist who has participated in international exhibitions since the mid-1980s. In 1992 he exhibited at the documenta IX, Kassel; in 1996 at Manifesta I, Rotterdam, etc. His films were screened at the Anthology Film Archives in New York in 1998. In 1990 he co-founded the Intermedia Faculty of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest where he has been teaching since 1990.



Poland

The Interdependencies Among Dominant-Minority Group Discourses in Central Eastern Europe after 1989: A Critical Approach
University: Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Slavistic Studies
Lecturers: Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska and Anna Zawadzka
Course term: winter semester 2016/2017

Discourses in the public sphere referring to minorities in Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe constitute the topic of the course. We will reflect on how dominant discourses shape identity strategies by minorities, both individually or as a community. In studying critical and theoretical texts, discourses in the public space, and artistic and countercultural practices, we will analyse narrations and their influence on the ways in which minorities conceptualise their identity.

Lecturer:

Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska is an anthropologist and sociolinguist. Her field research concerns minority languages (transmission and ethnolinguistic vitality) and identity (creation and discursive representations). She is interested in multicultural and multilinguistic questions and the way multiculturalism functions and is presented in Poland in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Anna Zawadzka is a sociologist whose field research concerns anti-Semitism and anti-communism in Polish-dominant discourses. In her studies she also tries to link her interest in gender studies with research about Polish dominant culture.

Digital Genres in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989
University: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Management and Social Communication
Lecturer: Piotr Marecki
Course term: winter semester 2016/2017

The most established fields around digital genres, including game studies, new media art, electronic literature and the demoscene have not been sufficiently linked. Yet it seems that many innovative solutions for these particular fields could be brought on through a comparative analysis of digital forms of expression. The course proposes a critical approach to genres, equipping students with theoretical knowledge and terminology, setting paths for analysis, as well as focussing on user experience of digital genres.

Lecturer:

Piotr Marecki is assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and lecturer at the Film School in Łódź. Since 1999 he has been editor-in-chief of Ha!art Publishing House, which he co-founded.

Performing the Past: Bystanders, Video Testimonies and Oral History
University: Jagiellonian University, Department of Polish Studies, Anthrophology of Literature and Cultural Studies
Lecturer: Aleksandra Szczepan
Course term: summer semester 2017

The aim of the course is to critically approach video testimonies of bystanders to the Shoah in terms of problems of witnessing and oral history, limits of testimony as a genre and performative practices of memory. The course will try to show that analysing performative practices of bystanders may make our interpretation of the very categories of bystander and testimony more complex and that bystanders’ video testimonies compel us to confront the Shoah from an utterly different, more precarious standpoint.

Lecturer:

Aleksandra Szczepan is trained in literary studies and philosophy and graduated from Jagiellonian University, Krakow. She is a member of the Research Center for Memory Cultures and teaches at the Department of Polish Studies of Jagiellonian University. Her research interests include: redefinitions of realism in 20th-century literature and art, representation of identity, trauma and past.



Romania

Borders, Barriers and Protest Culture. The New Politics of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe
University: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences
Lecturer: Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca
Course term: winter semester 2016/2017

In recent years, major protests against social inequality easily bypassed the boundaries of national politics, calling for democracy and solidarity. Unfortunately, new borders have begun to replace the old ones. New nationalisms and culture wars are shaping new narratives of exclusion. In critically exploring the cultural, political and social transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, the course aims to present some of the concepts and models of analysis without which the barriers now rising inside and at the borders of the European Union become incomprehensible.

Lecturer:

Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca is a social scientist working and living in Iași, Romania. He is lecturer in the Department of Political Science, European Studies and International Relations at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. His main research interests focus on political ideologies, transitional politics, cultural studies and mediology.

The “Gypsy” in the European Imaginary: Cultural Constructions and Visual Representations of Racialised and Gendered Roma Identity
University: National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Political Sciences Faculty, Department of Sociology
Lecturer: Ciprian Tudor
Course term: winter semester 2016/2017

The course introduces MA students to the intellectual roots and contemporary transformations of the dominant cultural stereotypes of Roma identity. It is designed as a critical approach to and a deconstruction of the long-standing tradition of orientalising, exoticising and eroticising the figure of the Gypsy. The analysis of race, gender and ethnic dimensions draws on the critical methodology of visual studies, postcolonial and subaltern studies, visual anthropology, cultural and gender studies, as well as concepts like orientalism, colonisation and self-colonisation, intersectionality, whiteness, and strategic essentialism.

Lecturer:

Ciprian Tudor, PhD, is an associate professor at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, teaching courses in the MA programmes of visual anthropology and Roma studies. He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology and visual studies.



Serbia

Bringing Theory, Activism and Cultural Practices Together: Feminist Press in Serbia in the 90s and 2000s
University: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Comparative Literature and Literaty Theory
Lecturers: Biljana Dojčinović and Ana Kolarić
Course term: summer semester 2017

This course aims 1) to describe and explore the close relationship among theory, activism, and cultural and artistic practices in the feminist press in Serbia in the 90s (particularly in magazines such as: ProFemina, Ženske studije, Feminističke sveske); and 2) to examine if and how this relationship has been changed in more scholarly journals in feminist and gender theory, founded in the post-conflict, transitional Serbian society in the 2000s (such as: Genero and Knjiženstvo).

Lecturers:

Professor Biljana Dojčinović has been teaching in the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Faculty of Philology since 2003. In 2011, she became director of the research project Knjiženstvo and editor-in-chief of the journal Knjiženstvo.

Dr Ana Kolarić has been teaching in the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Faculty of Philology, since 2010. In 2011, she began to participate in the research project Knjiženstvo, and became a member of the editorial board of the journal Knjiženstvo.


Slovakia

Soft Norm: From Historical Awareness to Civil Engaged Art Practices
University: Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, Sculpture – object – installation
Lecturer: Martin Piaček
Course term: winter semester 2016/2017

SOFT NORM is a hybrid academic art course that focuses on civic identity development with the help of historiography, art history, art theory and related social and political activist approaches. The course involves both specialised lectures and practical art research sessions.

Lecturer:

Martin Piaček is a visual artist, pedagogue and activist. He is Chairman of Public Pedestal, a civil organisation dealing with contemporary visual art in public space (www.verejnypodstavec.com). He is active on the KU.BA platform (www.kulturnabratislava.sk).