Geopolitical Aesthetics of (Post)socialisms

Image may contain: textComing up soon! The Geopolitical Aesthetics of (Post)socialisms: China, Russia, and Beyond! Sept 29-30 at Princeton University. Please come join us! Professors Shu-mei Shih and John Mackay will be our keynote speakers.

The Geopolitical Aesthetic of (Post-)Socialisms: China, Russia, and Beyond (September 29-30, 2017, 399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Princeton University)

September 29

Panel 1: 10-12pm
Informational Legacies
Moderator: Franz Prichard (Princeton University)

Kat Hill Reischlhl (Princeton University)
A Shoe and a Faked Photograph: Chasing “Facts” in Khrushchev’s Iconosphere

Angelina Lucento (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

In Search of a Proletarian Aesthetic: Anatolii Lunacharskii, Alfred Kurella, and the Turn to Materiality in Soviet Media Culture

Margaret Hillenbrand (University of Oxford)
Knowing What Not to Know in Post-Socialist China

Panel II: 1:30-3:30

The Production of (Post-)socialist Consumption
Moderator: Serguei A. Oushakine (Princeton University)

Laurence Coderree (New York University)
Making Revolution on the Commercial Front: How to Wage Class Struggle in a Chinese Socialist Department Store

Alla Vronskaya (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Anti-Architectures of Late-Socialist Disenchantment

Steven Harris (University of Mary Washington)
The Last Soviet Martyr: Aesthetics of Trauma and Collective Memory from Brezhnev to Putin

Coffee break: 3:30-4:00

Keynote Lecture: 4:00-5:30pm
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71

Shu-mei Shih (UCLA)
Postsocialism, Postcolonialism, and the Question of Chinese Empire

September 30

9:30-10: Panel III: 10-12pm

Generations, Institutions, and Exchange
Moderator: Steven Chung (Princeton University)

Jason McGrath (University of Minnesota)
From Socialist Formalism to Post-Socialist Realism:
The End(s) of Chinese Revolutionary Cinema

Alice Lovejoy (University of Minnesota)
Late-Socialist Children’s Film and Television between Eastern Europe and the Middle East

Lily Chumley (New York University)
Art Test Fever and New Socialist Realisms in Early 21st Century PRC

Lunch: 12-1:00

Panel IV: 1:00-3:00

The Geopolitics of (Post-)socialisms: Spaces and Temporalities Beyond
Moderator: Elena Fratto (Princeton University)

Bradley Gorski (Columbia University)
Bestsellers in Post-Socialism: An Imported Cultural Concept and the Marketization of Literature

Alaina Lemon (University of Michigan)
Letting the Edges Touch: Art Against Contact Panics

Jennifer Dorothy Lee (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Form, Abstraction, and the Postsocialist Aesthetic

Erin Y. Huang (Princeton University)
(Post-)socialism in Hong Kong:
Hong Kong Cinema and the Phenomenology of Zone Urbanism

Coffee break: 3:00-3:30

Keynote Lecture: 3:30-5:00
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71

John MacKay (Yale University)
Did the Revolution Happen?

5:15-6:00 Roundtable discussion

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