Conf/CfP - East-West Cultural Relations and Diplomacy, 24-25 February 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland

Publish Date: Sep 23, 2016

Deadline: Oct 24, 2016

Event Dates: from Sep 23, 2016 12:00 to Jan 25, 2017 12:00

The University of Jyväskylä will hold a conference entitled East-West Cultural Relations: Interplay of Arts and Cultural Diplomacy 1945-2017, which seeks to strengthen the research of cultural exchanges across national borders. It explores and raises awareness of the state of cultural relations and diplomacy between Eastern and Western Europe. The conference aims to reflect on the East-West cultural connections from the Second World War to today. Its main focus is on artistic movements and exchanges between (and possibly within) the East and West. Important background information is revealed through the current situation in which cultural exchanges are becoming more difficult—especially under strained relations between Russia and the EU. Furthermore, facilitating the transnational mobility of artworks and artists at a time of diminishing public support is increasingly challenging, underlining the need to reflect on the development of cultural interactions in Europe. The rise of nationalist discourse throughout Europe also challenges the shared cultural heritage and history of Eastern and Western Europe, which calls the benefits of cultural exchange into question.

The primary goal of this two-day conference is to serve scholarly needs, but also to encourage collaboration and foster dialogues between scholars and cultural diplomacy practitioners. Language of the conference is English. Translation of keynotes and plenary session in to Russian is being considered at the moment.

Conference is part of the project Trauma & Revival coordinated by the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR) and receives EU-funding from the Creative Europe Programme, and national funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education.


We invite proposals for papers, panels, seminars, and workshops. Click here.

Please send your proposal material to by 24 October 2016.


Professor Boris Gasparov
Columbia University

Professor Giles Scott-Smith
Leiden University



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