The conference focuses on artists and architects, who defined themselves or were defined as Ukrainians and Jews, and thus were the representatives of the two largest non-dominant groups in Lviv before World War II. Their modern identities were shaped, in respect or contrast to, but almost always in the context of the Polish dominance in the city, and – from the last third of the nineteenth century – in the context of Polish national resurgence. How artists constructed their artworks, their selves, and their group affiliations in relation to this changing world and specific urban environment, will be the topics of the conference.
We hope for insights in three chief directions: making and socializing the art; retaining, constructing, and re-constructing bonds with the ethnic-religious groups; shaping the cultural elites by non-dominant groups. We also invite papers dealing with the question of interaction between the urban environment and artistic milieus. Inquiries into the role of Lwów/Lemberg/Lviv, but also perceptions and reflections of the city by Jewish and Ukrainian artists and architects are thus especially encouraged.
The conference participants are encouraged to discuss:
1. Emancipation and education.
2. Individual professional activity and career.
3. Architectural presence and visibility in the cityscape: representation of minority in modern city; leaving and retaining the frameworks of the traditional environment.
4. Education in traditional arts and crafts. Individual and group reaction to the numerus clausus restrictions.
5. Defining and shaping heritage: documentation, preservation, and promotion of landmarks.
6. Artistic and professional milieus of a non-dominant group.
7. Supportive communities: welfare and social care, from orphanages to academic houses and spas.
8. Art collecting and patronage. Private collectors. Jewish Museum and National Ukrainian Museum. Libraries.
9. Circles of identities: local, imperial, national, and universal identity. Loyalty and nationalism in art.
10. Relations with the "others": tutorship, co-operation, sympathy, competition, and separation.
11. Prejudices in the realm of art, architecture and beyond: anti-Semitism, ethnic and religious discrimination.
12. Destiny of Jewish artists and their works in Holocaust. Ukrainian artists and architects in the wars and under occupations: World Wars I and II.
13. Post-Lviv/Lemberg/Lwów stories: artists and architects outside of Lviv.
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Languages of the conference: English and Ukrainian (simultaneous translation).
Abstracts (up to 200 words) of a twenty-minute presentation with a short CV should be submitted (as an attached MSWord documents) by April 1, 2012 to Dr. Iryna Matsevko, the Academic Coordinator of the Center for Urban History at firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Conference" in the subject header.
Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their proposals by May 1, 2012.
Center for Urban History in Lviv
Bohomoltsia str, 6
380 32 275 17 34
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