CFP - The Nineties in Central and Eastern Europe - ArteActa

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Call for Papers
December 31, 2020
Czech Republic
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, Film and Film History, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

The editors of the journal ArteActa ( are pleased to announce the call for papers for their thematic issue for 2021 - The Nineties in Central and Eastern Europe.

The last decade of the 20th century heralded a major turning point in the field of performative art. Regime changes in the former Eastern Bloc created conditions that artists and cultural representatives needed to deal with creatively, and the transformations of the 1990s not only affected performative art in the realm of the organization but aesthetically as well.

On the one hand, this change has led to a transformation of traditional cultural networks and institutions as well as the means of creating works of art themselves. Independent artists, as well as artists who were able to successfully commercialize their own artwork, appeared and, after a long period, artists from Central and Eastern Europe finally came into contact with contemporary artistic and cultural trends abroad. On the other hand, they had to cope with the turbulent transformation of society for which they were creating, as well as for the conceptions and demands of contemporary art. Last, but not least, the 1990s were characterized by the intense search for a new aesthetic language, a search which moved from an idealistic return to a “golden age” of a particular national culture to the rejection of forms of then-contemporary art and setting off in the direction of radical aesthetics.

For this thematic issue of the journal ArteActa, we are looking for scholarly studies that explore the forms and foundations of performative art (audiovisual field, theatre, music, dance, and new performative media) in various lands of the former Eastern Bloc. Upon the editors’ agreement, we will also accept proposals for texts which grapple with the given themes in an essayistic manner.

Contribution languages: Czech, Slovak, English

The required length of scholarly studies: 15—30 pages (1800 characters per page)

Deadline for submission of abstracts (min. 900 characters): December 31, 2020

Deadline for submission of completed texts: March 31, 2021

Please send abstracts along with a short CV/biography to

In the case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editorial staff of the journal!


Keywords: CFP