Theorizing the Geography of East-Central European Art

Piotr Piotrowski Center





The newly established Piotr Piotrowski Center for Research on East-Central European Art at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań invites to the inaugural conference of the East-Central European Art Forum. The conference Theorizing the Geography of East-Central European Art will be held on 26 and 27 October 2018 in Poznań.

According to Piotr Piotrowski (1952-2015), the core of practicing art history and scientific research resides in meetings and vibrant discussions with scholars, art writers, artists, and curators. Piotrowski became a major figure in East-Central European art scholarship not only because of his writings, but also owing to the fact that he was building networks. We are under no illusion that we can replace him in that. Yet, as his intellectual heirs, we perceive it as both a challenge and an opportunity to continue his work of bringing people together. Therefore, we intend to initiate the East-Central European Art Forum – regular, biennial meetings of scholars working on East-Central European art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The inaugural conference will concentrate on new theoretical conceptualizations of geographies of East-Central European art and/or critical analysis of existing theoretical holdings on the subject. It will bring together international scholars who are interested in discussing how we place Eastern European art and its histories on the maps of global art histories that are continuously being drawn anew.

Organizers: Piotr Piotrowski Center for Research on East-Central European ArtDepartmente of Art History Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

Venue: Zamek Cultural Center, New Scene, Sw. Marcin Street 80/82, Poznan, Poland

Free admission. The conference will be held in English

More information

Download conference program 26-27 October 2018 Poznan: Conference program

Cover picture: Piotr Piotrowski. Photo: © Ryszard Rau

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.