Selected courses

Out of 64 applications from 15 countries the PATTERNS Lectures Advisors selected 12 courses that will be taught in 7 different countries throughout the academic year 2014/2015:

Czech Republic (2), Hungary (1), Latvia (1), Poland (3), Romania (2), Slovak Republic (1), Slovenia (2).

Czech Republic

Popular culture and subcultures in the post-socialist societies of Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

University: Charles University of Prague, Faculty of Arts
Lecturers: Ondřej Daniel and Tomáš Kavka
Course term: Summer semester 2015

The main aim of this course is to introduce master and doctoral students to a set of questions linked to popular culture and subcultures in different countries across Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe. It focuses on the context of late state socialism and post socialism and provides a platform for interdisciplinary, innovative teaching of the social sciences and humanities, involving critical readings of cultural and post-socialist studies based in contemporary social theory and critique.


Ondřej Daniel earned his PhD from the Institute of World History of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague in 2012, where he specialised in post-socialism, nationalism, migration and popular culture. He currently works on topics related to subcultures and the urban-rural divide. His latest publication is Rock or Turbofolk: The Imagination of Migrants from the Former Yugoslavia (2013).
Tomáš Kavka earned his PhD from the Institute of Social and Economic History of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague in 2013, where he specialised in belle époque elitist and popular culture. He currently studies gender and youth aspects of post-socialist popular culture. Together with Ondřej Daniel and Jakub Machek he co-authored a collective monograph entitled Popular Culture in Czech Space (2013).

Guest lecturers:

  • Martin Škabraha (philosopher, Palacký University, Olomouc)
  • Martin Bastl (political scientist, Masaryk University, Brno)
  • Stanislav Holubec (historian and sociologist, Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena University)
  • Reana Senjković (senior researcher, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb)
  • Robert Kulmiński (researcher and lecturer, University of Warsaw)
  • Gábor Egry (political scientist, Institute of Political History, Budapest)
  • Karel Šima (historian and anthropologist, Centre for the Study of Popular Culture, Prague)

Opening the archive. Artistic research into the Czechoslovak alternative culture of the 1970s and 1980s

University: Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts
Lecturer: Barbora Klímová and Michal Moravčík
Course term: Winter semester 2014

This course focuses on alternative culture and phenomena on the boundary between art and social events under the conditions of totalitarian Czechoslovakia during the second half of the 20th century. It gives students indepth knowledge of this area within the context of the global conceptualism movement. The course combines theoretical research, first-hand accounts and creative interaction with the archives of artists. Czech and Slovak cases are mediated by local lecturers (Barbora Klímová, Michal Moravčík, Mira Keratová, Daniel Grúň) and complemented by input from international guests.


Barbora Klímová (1977) is an artist who focuses on the various aspects of locally defined cultural history in her work. In 2006 she was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. She is head of the Environment Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno. Her publications include the book Mutually. Artists and Communities in Moravia in the 1970s – 80s (, 2013).
Michal Moravčík (1974) is an artist. In 2004 he won the Oskár Čepan Award. He creates interventions, objects and environments that deal with political and socio-critical topics, collective memory and its contemporary interpretation. In 2010 he co-founded the association Public Pedestal. He heads the Sculpture Studio in the Fine Arts Department of the Pedagogical Faculty at the University of Trnava and is an assistant at the Environment Studio of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno.

Guest lecturers:

  • Mira Keratová (curator, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica)
  • Ján Budaj (politician, Bratislava)
  • Jaime Vindel (art historian, University of León)
  • Łukasz Ronduda (curator, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw)
  • Bojana Piškur (curator, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana)


Facts, methods and interpretations. Significant exhibitions, collections and programmes in post 1945 Hungarian (neo)avant-garde art in Hungary and in Western and Eastern Europe, with particular focus on the organisational activity of László Beke and Dóra Maurer in West-East contact, and on the plurality of media

University: Eötvös Lorand University Budapest, Institute of Art History
Lecturers: Annamária Szőke and Judit Király
Course term: Winter ans summer semester 2014

The main topics of this course are the following: selected exhibitions, collections and programmes of the post-1945 Hungarian (neo) avant-garde art in Hungary and abroad (both in Western and Eastern Europe), with a special focus on the organisational activity of László Beke and/respectively Dóra Maurer, on the “West-East” contacts, and on the plurality of the media. Using 10 case studies, we delineate facts, analyse methods and interpret what was done – or what was supposed to have been done. In the last two sessions, we focus on the process of “historicising” (Zdenka Badovinac) or canonisation of the art of the 1970s in the next two to three decades.


Annamária Szőke, art historian, is an associate professor at the Institute of Art History at ELTE University. Her research and teaching focuses on art during the 19th and 20th centuries. She has published and organised exhibitions on performance art, Fluxus and the work of artists such as Bertalan Székely, Gyula Pauer and Miklós Erdély.
Judit Király studied art history and mathematics. She recently completed her PhD on Dóra Maurer’s art pedagogy. Her areas of interest include art education and artistic relationships between Western and Eastern Europe in the final decades of the 20th century.

Guest lecturers:

  • Piotr Piotrowski (professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
  • Daniel Grúň (assistant professor, Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava)
  • Barbora Klímová (artist and head of the Environment Studio, Brno University of Technology)


Readings in regional art histories. Theoretical approaches to the art of Eastern Europe and the Baltic states

University: Art Academy of Latvia, Faculty of History and Theory of Arts
Lecturer: Mara Traumane
Course term: Summer semester 2015

This MA course aims to examine theoretical perspectives on the art of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and to evaluate their importance for, and applicability to, studies of post-WWII art history in the Baltic States. The seminar will attempt to provide alternatives to narrow national readings of art history and instead draw students’ attention to the potential of critical and interdisciplinary approaches. It will discuss definitions of the “region” of Eastern Europe, formed in the 1990s, and the relevance of the discourses of post-communism and non-conformism to research into Baltic art, also addressing current critique of these major discourses. Finally, the course will provide insight into the latest critical methodologies of gender studies, post-colonialism, nationalism studies and interdisciplinary research.


Mara Traumane is an art historian working in Berlin, Zurich and Riga. She focuses on comparative research into art in Eastern Europe after WWII, histories of the neoavant- garde and the political contexts of artistic practices. Since 2014 she has been a research associate in the SNF project “Art and Literature on Trial” at the Department of Slavic Studies, University of Zurich. She is currently completing her PhD thesis at Humboldt University in Berlin. She has also been active as a curator, author and art critic.

Guest lecturers:

  • Bojana Pejić (curator, art critic and art historian, Berlin)
  • Laima Kreivytė (curator, lecturer, Vilnius Academy of Arts)
  • Andres Kurg (art and architecture historian, researcher, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn)


Transforming sexual norms and national identity in Poland after 1989. A critical discourse analysis

University: Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Slavic Studies
Lecturers: Anna Jawor and Anna Kurowicka
Course term: Summer semester 2015

This course will focus on the transformation of national mythology and sexual norms in Poland and Central Eastern Europe in the context of the post-1989 social and economic changes. The aim of the course is to present the variety of ways in which sexual norms are constructed to support and promote certain visions of national identity and to encourage students to approach these norms critically and question them. We will focus on the impact of the Catholic Church, the legacy of socialism and the enthusiastic embrace of neoliberalism after 1989 as some of the factors affecting the relationship between national identity and sex in Poland, but also look at the example of Poland within the larger CEE context.


Anna Kurowicka is an assistant at the Institute of Slavic Studies and a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is working on her doctoral thesis on asexuality as a non-normative sexuality and the way it functions in the Polish,
Slavic and American cultural contexts.
Anna Jawor is an assistant professor at the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on the sociology of family and “culture war” themes connected with changing lifestyles, norms and values in contemporary societies.

Guest lecturers:

  • Jacek Kochanowski (associate professor, University of Warsaw)
  • Andrea Pető (associate professor, Central European University, Budapest)
  • Robert Kulpa (post-doctoral fellow, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
  • Hanna Hacker (professor, University of Vienna)
  • Paweł Leszkowicz (associate professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
  • Maria Mayerchyk (senior lecturer, research associate, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev)
  • Hadley Z. Renkin (assistant professor, Central European University, Budapest)
  • Sebastian Duda (lecturer, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
  • Joanna Mytkowska (director, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw)

The public and art. Ways of engaging with the public sphere, the proletariat and counter-publics in Poland from 1968 to the present day

University: Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Philosophy
Lecturer: Ewa Alicja Majewska
Course term: Winter semester 2014

The aim of this course is to discuss theories of the public sphere created within the scope of 20th century political philosophy (Habermas, Kluge, Fraser, Berlant, Matynia and others) and to apply them to analysis of the political transformation of the public in Poland from the 1960s to the present day. This will allow us to rethink artistic practices over the last 50 years (starting with Teresa Murak in the 1960s, Ewa Partum in the 1980s and Joanna Rajkowska in the 1990s/2000s) and different forms of the public, which – like “Solidarność” in the 1980s or queer parades in the 2000s – have transformed the public sphere in Poland. This interdisciplinary course will combine lectures and seminars, guest lecturers and discussions in order to foster participants’ knowledge of theories of the public, public art, feminist critique and queer interventions.


Ewa Majewska, a feminist philosopher and activist, is a lecturer in gender studies at the University of Warsaw. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. She has published in Signs, Nowa Krytyka, Przegląd Kulturoznawczy, Kultura Popularna, Le Monde diplomatique (PL). She is the author of Feminizm jako filozofia społeczna and Sztuka jako pozór?

Guest lecturers:

  • Przemysław Pluciński (associate professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
  • Monika Bobako (associate professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
  • Kuba Szreder (independent curator and PhD candidate, Loughborough University, Leicestershire)
  • Krzysztof Nawratek (assistant professor, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth)
  • Teresa Murak (artist, Warsaw)
  • Joanna Rajkowska (artist, Warsaw)
  • Tomasz Kitliński (associate professor, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin)
  • Paweł Leszkowicz (associate professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
  • Ewa Partum (artist, Wrocław)
  • Antonio Negri (political philosopher, Venice and Paris)
  • Judith Revel (professor, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris)
  • Jeffrey Goldfarb (professor, The New School of Social Research, New York)
  • Andrzej Leder (professor, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
  • Aleksandra Polisiewicz (artist, Warsaw)
  • Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek (KwieKulik) (artists, Warsaw)

Feminist new materialism – a political perspective in the context of Polish post-transition gender politics

University: University of Warsaw, Institute of Philosophy
Lecturers: Monika Rogowska-Stangret and Olga Cielemęcka
Course term: Winter semester 2014

This course is dedicated to investigating feminist “new materialism” and its political aspects. New materialism is an inspiring trend in contemporary philosophy and feminist theory aimed at reconsidering the notion of matter in a dialogue between humanities and natural science. From this theoretical perspective, matter is perceived as active and agential, and humans are always recognised as products and participants of their material, discoursive and historical positions. New materialism has far-reaching theoretical implications but its practical and political strength is less obvious. During the course we would thus like to dwell on the political strength of the trend in question, presenting its potential and value when analysing local political strategies.


Monika Rogowska-Stangret is a theorist and researcher in philosophy, gender studies and animal studies. She collaborates with the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw. She wrote her PhD thesis on the problem of the body in contemporary philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Olga Cielemęcka is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw. She brings together research on continental philosophy, posthumanism and feminist theory in search of novel articulations of the human subject, community and collaboration.

Guest lecturers:

  • Iris van der Tuin (associate professor, Utrecht University)
  • Ewa Majewska (visiting fellow, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin)
  • Further guest lecturers to be confirmed.


(Collective) dignity and (the rhetoric of) belonging. A fragmented history of the production of national identity in Romanian art and culture from the 1970s to the present day.

University: National University of Arts Bucharest, Faculty of History and Theory of Art
Lecturer: Veda Alexandra Popovici
Course term: Winter and summer semester 2014/2015

Today, as nationalisms regain collective affects and reshape contemporary subjectivity across the world, critically positioning oneself and starting to write back the idea of the nation has become a pressing issue. “Dignity and Belonging” is precisely an intervention in this field of subjectivity production, based on the analysis of artists, artworks, exhibitions and art institutions that have modulated the discourse on the nation in the Romanian context from the 70s until today. Drawing on the work of de- and post-colonial scholars, such as Mignolo, Balibar and Bhabha, or key figures in nationalism studies, such as Anderson, Chatterjee and Verdery, the context of regional (Eastern European) and local (Romanian) collective identity representations forms the analytical framework of this course.


Veda Popovici was born in Romania in 1986 and works as an artist, theoretician and activist. Her interests include collective/ national representations in art, possibilities of creating the common, colonial (and) patriarchal histories and the political harmfulness/ harmlessness of art. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Arts in Bucharest, where she conducts research on nationalism and national identity in Romanian art of the 1970s and 1980s.

Guest lecturers:

  • Ovidiu Ţichindeleanu (scholar, editor, IDEA arts + society and coordinator, publishing house IDEA design + print, Cluj)
  • Ovidiu Pop (independent writer, Vienna)
  • Further guest lecturers to be confirmed.

Clowns of catastrophe: A decade of radicalism, humour and identity politics in Eastern European art

University: National University of Arts Bucharest, Faculty of Fine Arts
Lecturers: Cristina David and Alina Şerban
Course term: Summer semester 2015

The aim of the proposed course is to foster a common understanding of, and discourse on, the changes that occurred to artistic practices in the 1990s in Eastern Europe, examining the ways in which the legacy of these practices remains relevant for us today. Its goal is to reconsider the representation of the Eastern European artist as a provocateur and to explore the themes and sub-themes of the narratives of identity and memory of the recent past by studying their self-critical and self-referential character and humour. The course will focus on the history of exhibitions and individual artworks presented both in the Western and Eastern institutional art world during the decade after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
The title of the course is inspired by the words of art critic and curator Viktor Misiano, who referred to Russian artist Oleg Kulik – who gave ground-breaking performances during the 1990s – as a “clown of the catastrophe.”


Cristina David is an artist based in Bucharest. She does videos, installations and text-based art pieces.
Alina Şerban is an art historian and curator living in Bucharest and Ploiești. She is involved in research and editorial projects and gives theoretical presentations and lectures at various international conferences.

Guest lecturers:

  • Mladen Stilinović (artist, Zagreb)
  • Dmitry Gutov (artist, Moscow)
  • Teodor Graur (artist, Bucharest)
  • Irina Costache (researcher of subcultures in communist regimes and gender studies)

Slovak Republik

Curating archives. Critical perspectives on parallel cultural histories

University: Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, Department of Theory and History of Art and Architecture
Lecturers: Daniel Grúň
Course term: Winter and summer semester 2014/2015

Archives of parallel cultures are not simply containers of preservation, but also of creation. Marginalisation (voluntary or involuntary) is the reason why creativity and innovation has played such a crucial role in many archival projects. The phenomenon of “self-archiving” and “self historicisation” has recently become a popular issue in the art historiography of former Eastern Europe. Most of the methodologies and theories aim to enable greater access to, and understanding of, the neo and post-avant-garde movements in the aforementioned geo-cultural and political region. The main focus will be on specific issues such as: the digital archives of the “second public sphere” and new research methods based on the concept of participation; the notion of “documentary” and self-archiving practices in artists’ archives; archives as educational tools: re-enactment and contemporary educational practices; relations between archival document and exhibition display: how archival practices are involved in the development of contemporary art and exhibitions.


Daniel Grúň (1977) is an art historian, curator and writer. He works as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He conducts research in the fields of Eastern European art histories as well as archival and documentary practices in the contemporary arts. As a researcher at the Július Koller Society he was involved in an exhibition and publication series by the trans-institutional network L’Internationale. He is a board member and collaborator at

Guest lecturers:

  • Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (art critic and curator, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris)
  • Beatrice von Bismarck (writer and curator, professor, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig)
  • Catarina Simão (artist and researcher, The Mozambique Film Archive, Lisbon)
  • Kathrin Rhomberg (curator, chairwoman of the board, Kontakt. Art Collection, Vienna)


DIWO art systems: Corrections to the dominant yet deficient system and narrative of visual art in Slovenia from 1960 to 2000

University: University of Nova Gorica, School of Arts
Lecturer: Petja Grafenauer
Course term: Winter and summer semester 2014/2015

The course will pinpoint, register and analyse DIY and DIWO art practices, starting in the 1960s, when they became visible due to various international movements and partially as a response to the specific regional situations. It will analyse and contextualise various segments (initiators, authors, inventory and timelines, methodology and tactics, influence on art practice and art policies…) of DIY and DIWO art practices within the art system.


Petja Grafenauer, PhD, is a curator, writer and lecturer. Her main fields of interest are painting in connection with other media, economy in the visual arts and the regional history of art discourses in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been a lecturer in the history of contemporary art at the School of Arts at the University of Nova Gorica since 2005.

Guest lecturers:

  • Barbara Borčić (director and head of video programmes, SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana)
  • Aleksandra Saša Nabergoj (assistant director, head of World of Art and Studio 6, SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana)
  • Luisa Ziaja (curator, 21er Haus, Vienna)

The Living Archive – exploring feminist curating and contemporary art

University: University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design
Lecturer: Jelena Petrović
Course term: Winter and summer semester 2014/2015

The course is based on an experimental and interactive feminist methodology of curating and exhibiting, resulting from the transformative
process of contemporary art-theory production viewed from a feminist perspective. More precisely, it is shaped by the art-theory platform entitled the “Living Archive”, a project which was launched by the curatorial feminist group Red Min(e)d in 2011. It consists of creative, research-based and performative approaches, focussing on a variety of content in textual, audio and visual formats made possible through “live” interaction. Starting from some emergent issues of contemporary art theory and practice, this course deals with possible strategies to emancipate and articulate public art space, bringing together art and feminism.


Jelena Petrović completed her PhD studies at the Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana Graduate School of Humanities. She is the author and co-author of many scholarly articles, art-theory events, contemporary art exhibitions and cross-disciplinary projects relating to the post-Y ugoslav subjects – particularly to the (mis)interpretative models of Yugoslav history, memory, art, language and gender. She is an editor in the publishing network Red Athena University Press, RAUP, and a member of the art-theory group Grupa Spomenik/Monument Group and the feminist curatorial group Red Min(e)d.

Guest lecturers:

  • Ana Čigon (artist, Ljubljana)
  • Elke Krasny (senior lecturer, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
  • Jelena Vesić (curator and art critic, Belgrade)
  • Karen Mirza (artist and curator,, London)
  • Margareta Kern (artist and activist, London)
  • Katja Kobolt (curator and cultural producer, Munich and Berlin)
  • Danijela Dugančić Živanović (feminist activist and curator, CRVENA Association for Culture and Art, Sarajevo)
  • Dunja Kukovec (curator and art historian, MINA, Institute for Socially Engaged Art and Theory, Ljubljana)