CFP: Artists on the Move (Online, 7-9 Mar 2024)

The twentieth century was marked by several significant migratory flows from the Russian Empire and its successor states, which resulted in many artists living and working abroad. These diverse artistic relocations were already present at the turn of the century and increased drastically after the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, as well as the Civil War of 1917–1922. These migratory flows were fundamentally impacted by socio-political factors and largely comprised of artists who opposed either the Tsarist or the Soviet regimes on the basis of their ideological, national, or religious views.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has emphasized the ever-present political dimension that shapes migration processes, either as a reason for relocation, in the choice of destination/transit country, and in the activities and/or activism at the new place of residence. Furthermore, it has added a new urgency to the already existing need to reconsider the concept of “Russian emigration,” as much as the problematic terms: “Russian artist” or “Russian avant-garde.”

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To submit a proposal for a 20-minute presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography of up to 100 words in a single PDF document to the conference organizers Mira Kozhanova ( and Maria Taroutina ( by November 1, 2023. Selected applicants will be notified by December 1, 2023. The working language of the conference will be English. For inquiries, please feel free to contact Mira Kozhanova.

Online (co-sponsored by Yale-NUS College and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University).