Selected Courses

Out of 61 applications from 19 countries the PATTERNS Lectures Advisory Panel selected 14 courses that have been taught in 10 different countries throughout the academic year 2010/2011:

Belarus/Lithuania (1), Bulgaria (2), Croatia (1), Czech Republic (1), Hungary (2), Poland (1), Romania (3), Russia (1), Slovak Republic (1), Ukraine (1).


What the Party didn’t Teach: Unofficial Internal and International Art Practices in Belarus from the Thaw till Perestroika

University: European Humanities University, Theory and Practices of Contemporary Art
Lecturers: Lena Prents and Aliona Gloukhova
Course term: Summer semester 2011

This course researches and analyses the unofficial art scene in Belarus (the BSSR) and its international affiliations in the period from the 1960s until the late 1980s in the context of the other Eastern European Neo-Avant-Gardes. After giving a general introduction into the unofficial art-practices around the BSSR, the course will take a closer look at the Belarusian local situation with its main actors, facts and occurrences, using the oral history and private archives. Through workshops with Belarusian protagonists and the university eLearning platform “Moodle”, the course will be open to all those interested in this topic.

Guest lecturer:

  • Piotr Piotrowski (Professor Ordinarius, Art History Department, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)


Everyday culture – Socialist Past and Present Consumption

University: South-West University, Department of Cultural Studies
Lecturer: Tatiana Nikiforova Stoitchkova
Course term:Winter semester 2010/11

This course addresses the question of the nature of everyday life in East Europe in the crucial years from the 1940s until 1989 by describing both the historical and cultural context. It investigates similarities and differences between the socialist and the post-socialist period and it examines the suitability of the concept “consumer society” in EE, as well as the meaning of this term in the post-socialist context.

Guest lecturers:

  • Christian Promitzer (Lecturer, Faculty of History, University of Graz, Austria)
  • Anelia Kassabova (project work at the Faculty of History, University of Graz, Austria)
  • Rosemary Statelova (project work at the Institute of Arts Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria)
  • Elka Tschernokoshewa ( Head of the Department, Empirical Cultural Research, Sorbisches Institut, Germany)

Gendering Popular Culture East and West

University: Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Department of Cultural Studeis (Matilda MA Program in Women’s and Gender History)
Lecturers: Kornelia Slavova and Krassimira Daskalova
Course term: Summer semester 2011

This course aims at triggering students’ interest in recent cultural history in Bulgaria and the region of CEE and
SEE through the lens of popular culture and gender history – both unresearched areas of social analysis under
In addition, this course intends to develop a systematic explanation of the significance of popular culture as a
social and gendered terrain where ideological battles between the East and the West have been waged, as well as
between patriarchal traditionalism and globalization processes.

Guest lecturers:

  • Dina Iordanova (Professor, Director of the Centre for Film Studies, University of St. Andrews, UK)
  • Despoina (Betty) Kaklamanidou (Lecturer, Film Studies Dept., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Ludmilla Jordanova (Professor, Department of History, King’s College, London, UK)
  • Marika Moisseeff ( Senior Researcher, Laboratoire d’anthropologie Sociale, CNRS – French National Centre of
    Scientific Research, France)


Comparative History of the Culture of Memory

University: University of Rijeka, Department of Cultural Studies
Lecturer: Vjeran Pavlaković
Course term: Summer semester 2011

This course is an introduction to the various theories and debates about the culture and politics of memory, commemorations, collective memory, identity, national myths, and history. Moreover, it offers an overview of the culture of memory in contemporary Croatia, with an emphasis on the period of World War II and of the wars in Ex-Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The lectures and the coursework will investigate and analyse interconnections between history, culture and public memorializations of key moments from the modern era.

Guest lecturers:

  • Eric Gordy (Senior Lecturer, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK)
  • Katia Pizzi (Senior Lecturer, School of Advanced Studies, Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, University College London, UK)
  • Charles Sabatos (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of English Language and Literature, Yeditepe University, Turkey)

Czech Republic

Testimonies – Female Voices in Czech and Slovak Art

University: Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, Department of Art History and Aesthetics
Lecturer: Zuzana Štefková
Course term: Winter and summer semester 2010/11

This course seeks to personally acquaint students with the leading personalities among Czech and Slovak women artists in their studios. Moreover, this course aims at redressing the underrepresentation of Czech women artists within the contemporary art practice by creating a framework that would foster sharing experience of women living and working in the male dominated environment of the Czech(oslovak) art world before and after 1989.
The “testimonies” gathered within the scope of this course will be archived in a format of an on-line collaborative environment based on the wiki technology.

Guest lecturers:

  • Bojana Pejić (Curator based in Berlin, Germany)
  • Ilona Németh (Professor, Dept. of Intermedia and Multimedia, Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, SK)


Critical Feminist Practices: Going Beyond just Gender

University: Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Department of Art Theory and Curatorial Studies
Lecturer: Beáta Hock
Course term: Winter semester 2010/11

This course intends to clear up cognitive space for carefully situated readings of feminist cultural practicies, and thus to contribute to the understanding of present cultural history and the differently lived pasts of the Western world and the CEE societies. The seminar considers cultural production – and artmaking most especially – as always embedded in a given social, historical, cultural and material context, and thus focuses on exploring spaces (actual and virtual), social voices, and creative options available for feminist art production in the societies that the course considers.

Guest lecturers:

  • Erzsébet Barát (Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest)
  • Michael Blum (Guest Professor, Ecole des arts visuels et mediatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
  • Ana Hoffner (PhD Cadidate , Faculty of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria)
  • Nanna Lüth ( Freelancer, Berlin, Germany)
  • Djurdja Bartlet (Research Fellow, London College of Fashion, University of Arts London, UK)

Fragmented Space: The Transformation of Central European Cities

University: Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Institute of Art and Design Theory and Budapest University of Technology, Department of Sociology and Communication
Lecturer: Levente Polyák
Course term: Winter semester 2010/11

This course offers students the opportunity to participate in an investigation of the urban transformation of Central European cities as well as an analysis of regional development paths, similarities and differences between the discussed cities. This course, while relying upon scientific literature, will treat Central European cities at the interdisciplinary crossroads of a variety of approaches, such as those of urban sociology, cultural studies, architecture history and comparative literature.

Guest lecturers:

  • Eszter Steierhoffer (PhD Candidate, Royal College of Art, London and Director of the Art Network Agency Programme, Hungarian Cultural Centre London, UK)
  • Dagmar Petřiková (Associate Professor, Institute of Management, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, SK)
  • Grzegorz Piatek (Architecture Critic and Curator, Member of the Bec Zmiana Foundation, Warsaw, Poland)
  • Jakob Hurrle (Multicultural Centre, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Constantin Goagea (Architect, Journalist and Researcher, Founding Member of Zeppelin Association, Bucharest, Romania)
  • Ivan Kućina (Full-time Lecturer, Academy of Architecture, University of Belgrade and Co-founder and Programme Director of the “Belgrade International Architecture Week”, Serbia)


(In)visible Loss. The Holocaust and the Everyday Visual Experience in Contemporary Poland and Central Europe

University: Jagiellonian University, Polish Studies
Lecturer: Roma Sendyka
Course term: Winter semester 2010/11

This course aims to examine the relationship between the endeavor to remember the Holocaust and the contemporary everyday visual experience of the present day cities in Poland and neighboring countries. The purpose is to undertake a critical and comparative study of the “memory policies”, deepen the skills of analysis of visual discourses (monuments, museums, visual arts, movies, architecture, finally: the discourse of the city as a visual object) as well as of the visual aspect in the literature (modes of description). The issue of representation of the Shoah will build the background for examining the core problem: do/how the today’s Central/Eastern European cities represent the loss of its inhabitants?

Guest lecturers:

  • Tomasz Majewski (Assistant Professor, The Institute of the Theory of Literature, Theatre and Audiovisual Arts, University of Lodz, Poland)
  • Katarzyna Bojarska (PhD Candidate, Institute Badan Literackich, Polish Academy of Science)
  • Wojciech Wilczyk (Artist and Photographer)
  • Martin Jay (Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, Dept. of History, University of California, Berkley, USA)


Politics of Identity in Eastern-European Art after 1989

University: “George Enescu” University of Arts, Iasi, Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Design
Lecturer: Cristian Nae
Course term: Winter and summer semester 2010/11

This course aims to offer a theoretical insight in the history of art in EE after 1989 focussing on the critical strategies and attitudes undertaken both by art critics and theorists, curators and artists towards the so-called “postcommunist” condition in terms of identity representation and identity critique. By means of a comparative approach, it focuses thus on various marginalized positions upon which the EE art shaped its identity during the last two decades and on its discontinuities.

Guest lecturers:

  • Edit András (Senior Research Fellow, The Research Institute for Art History, The Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)
  • Katalin Timár (Museologist and Curator, Department of Collections, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary)
  • Marius Babias (Curator and Art Critic, Director of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany)
  • Zdenka Badovinac (Director of the Moderna Galeria – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Marina Gržinić (Professor and Researcher, Institute for Philosophy ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria)

Eastern European Art under Communism: The Romanian Case

University: The National University of Arts, Bucharest, Art History and Theory
Lecturer: Magda Radu
Course term: Winter semester 2010/11

This course proposes new methodologies for discussing and analysing the recent history of Romanian contemporary Art, since no consistent effort has been made thus far to address the complexity of the artistic phenomena during the socialist period in Romania. The focus is set on the introduction of a comparative approach that emphasises examples of artistic practice provided by other former-communist countries rather than the ‘western’ frame of reference.

Guest lecturers:

  • Ekaterina Degot (Lecturer, The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, Russian Federation)
  • Iara Boubnova (Senior Lecturer, Cultural Studies Department, St. Kliment Ohridsky Sofia State University, Bulgaria)
  • Ileana Pintilie (Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, West University of Timişoara, Romania)

The Manea in the Romanian Public Debates Concerning the Transition, Democracy, the Roma Minority and the Reconstruction of the National Identity

University: National University of Music, Bucharest, Musicology
Lecturer: Speranţa Rădulescu
Course term: Summer semester 2011

This course, within the area of ethnomusicology, deals with a new, syncretic cultural phenomenon (music, dance, speeches, images, social behaviour) which appeared in contemporary Romania: the manea. Manea reflects the main aspects and current processes in the Romanian society and it is the object of constant public debates opposing intellectuals and the common people. The five researchers working on this course intend to publish a book on this topic.

Guest lecturer:

  • Anca Giurchescu (Retired Ethnocoreologist, Doctor Honnoris Causa of the Roehampton University, London, UK)


From Prague Spring to Post-Perestroika: Art in Eastern and Central Europe from 1960s till present

University: Moscow State Lomonosov University, History Faculty/Art Department, Russian Federation
Lecturer: Daria Pyrkina
Course term: Summer semester 2011

The basic idea of this course is to introduce to students the problematics of contemporary art in the region and to follow the development of the artistic forms and ideas in a context determined by the conflictive socio-political reality. This course aims at investigating the peculiarities of CEE art context from 1960s until present, comparing CEE and Russian art in different periods of the recent history and emphasising different interaction possibilities between socio-political and artistic processes.

Guest lecturer:

  • Piotr Piotrowski ( Professor Ordinarius, Art History Department, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

Slovak Republic

Critical Terms for East European Art History and Visual Culture

University: Trnava University, Department of Art Education
Lecturer: Mária Orišková
Course term: Summer semester 2011

This course avoids the traditional art historical survey teaching and implements the set of terms that allow students to understand their own culture not only in a general broader context, but also in a specific social, critical and theoretical framework of EE arts and culture. The relevance of this kind of course – based on several critical terms ranging from Socialist past to Postsocialist and global presence – is to pursue in depth specific subjects through a combination of critical theory and visual imagery.

Guest lecturer:

  • Lolita Jablonskiene (Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Thory and Critics, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art)


Soviet Cinema since 1960s: Ideological contradictions

University: National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Cultural Studies Department
Lecturer: Olga Briukhovetska
Course term: Winter semester 2010/11

This course introduces the methodology of post-colonialism for the purpose of studying the Soviet ideology as it is visualized in popular cinema since 1960s. The subject of the course is not a particular national culture or its (mis)representation, but a nation as a colonial construction and the question how in the Soviet Union the national differences were articulated with the imperialist project.

Guest lecturers:

  • Chris Ford (Lecturer, Institute for the Study of European Transformations (ISET), London Metropolitan University, UK)
  • Serhy Yekelchyk (Professor, Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Studies and Dept. of History, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
  • Andry Zdorov (Freelancer writer, Ukraine)
  • Marko Bojacun (Senior Lecturer, Governance and International Relations Department, London Metropolitan University, UK)