CONF: Museums in Central Asia, Caucasus, and Eastern Europe: Rethinking Soviet Museum Management (Online, 30 Oct 2023)

Museums in Central Asia, Caucasus, and Eastern Europe: Rethinking Soviet Museum Management
30 October 2023, 13h-18h CET, online (zoom registration required).

Museums in many countries of Eurasia, such as Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Azerbaijan, have grappled with the institutional, conceptual, material, and legal legacy of Soviet museum management.

Since the 1990s, this legacy has been reconceptualized and evolved in various directions, reframed through different conceptual frameworks

In response to the need for access to scholarship and practice across the region, particularly heightened by the Russian-Ukrainian war (2014-), we will explore some of the most acute topics, such as the quest for (post)national displays in both the past and the future, the politics and consequences of nationalization, provenance research and restitution efforts, accessibility of archives, contemporary curatorial practices, and the application and limits of concepts such as post-Soviet, epistemological violence, and emancipation in knowledge production, among others.

The invited speakers are practitioners and scholars with first-hand experience in museum work. They will reflect on the process of knowledge creation, accessibility, changing political and research conditions in recent years.

Please register to attend:

The workshop is organized by Maria Silina with the support of CBEES, Södertörn University, Stockholm and CELAT-UQAM, Montreal.
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The workshop schedule is indicated in CET.


Part 1. 1:00-3:20  p.m. CET

Kristina Bekenova. Researching the Kazakhstan Museums of the 1920s and 30s 
Oksana Kapishnikova. Working in Kyrgyzstan Museums: Historical Research and Curatorial Practice. 
Konstantin Akinsha. Investigating provenance of avant-garde artworks from the museums in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Pause: 10 minutes

Part 2. 3:30-6:00 p.m. CET

Cyrill Lipatov. Odesa National Fine Arts Museum.
Ana Lolua. Сonducting historical and ethnographic research at Georgian State Museum: reflections of an engaged outsider. 
Vera Dziadok. Belarusian National Arts Museum in Minsk: creation of the soviet display.