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ALTERNATIVE WORLDS

Alternative Worlds: A retrospective of the last 111 years

Call for Papers / Art Presentations

Seminar in Visual Culture 2011
Deadline for proposals: 13 December 2010

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, Room ST 274 (School of Advanced Study, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, WC1B 5DN London)

This series of seminars acts as a forum for practicing artists, researchers, curators, students, and others interested in visual culture who are invited to present, discuss and explore a given theme within the broad field of Visual Culture.

In an attempt to escape the doom and gloom of the economic crisis the theme for 2011 is ‘Alternative Worlds’. The aim is to examine the dreams, plans and hopes, but also the nightmares and fears reflected in utopian thinking since 1900 in the Western hemisphere. What has become of all those possible worlds? How do they reflect their contemporary culture and society and what, if anything, do or can they mean for our present, or indeed, our future? What alternative worlds are engendered by our own times, by the world of 2011 itself? This is, hence not only a retrospective of past utopias and their after-lives but also an invitation to look towards our possible futures.

Looking backwards, we could revisit the Futurist utopia of a mechanical universe based on the principles of speed and technology, or look at the somewhat similar proposals of the American Technocratic Society for a world based on the laws of engineering. Or we could examine the repercussions of Hermann Sörgel’s plan for Atlantropa, a merger of Europe and Africa created by damming the Strait of Gibraltar, meticulously worked out in the late 1920s and promoted by Sörgel until his death in 1952. Or we could look at the architectural utopias of Modernism, at Le Corbusier’s Plan Voisin, or at GM’s 1939 Futurama exhibit of the ‘City of the Future’ with its intricate congestion-free road systems. We could look at the social housing projects of the 1950s and ’60s – those that were built and those that were imagined. We could look at the many futures inspired by the space age, or at the alternative lives and societies envisaged in reaction to the Cold War and the nuclear threat. We could revisit the multiple Ballardian worlds or the various projects for the future proposed by the architects and artists who contributed to “This is Tomorrow”, the exhibition held at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 1956 and restaged in 2006 at Tate Britain. We could look at the social utopias of the 1960s, the communes, sex and free love as a basis for a new society. We could look at the alternative worlds inspired by the possibilities of robotics, cybernetics or genetics; or at virtual worlds, like Second Life or all those parallel lives made possible by social networking sites. We could look backwards and at the same time look forwards.

Contributions on any of the above topics or on other alternative worlds of the past and the present are invited from individuals working in the fields of art history, philosophy, literary, cultural and visual studies, fine arts, film and media studies, theatre, history, etc.

Artists are also invited to present new (and existing) work on the theme.

Please send proposals for art presentations (200 words plus images) or academic papers (200 words) to Ricarda Vidal: ricarda.vidal@sas.ac.uk ||| by 13 December 2010.

Please indicate which date you would prefer for your talk.

Dates and times:

Wednesday 26 Jan. 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 23 Feb. 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 30 March 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 27 April 2011, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 25 May 2010, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

END

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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The 1960s

THE SOCIALIST 1960s: POPULAR CULTURE AND THE CITY IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Program and Schedule
Fisher Forum 2010

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
June 24-26

The Socialist 1960s: Popular Culture and the City in Global Perspective

THURSDAY, JUNE 24

7-8:30  Film showing: “Wings” (dir. Larisa Shepitko, 1966) (101 Armory Building, 505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign)

8:30-9:30  Panel discussion (101 Armory)

*Chair*: Anne E. Gorsuch (History, University of British Columbia)
Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois)
Eugénie Zvonkine (Cinema, University of Paris 8)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 25*

**Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
9-9:30  Welcome and introductions (Diane Koenker, History, University of Illinois)

9:30-11:  *Panel One: Socialist Spaces*

*Chair*: Anne E. Gorsuch

Lewis H. Siegelbaum (History, Michigan State University), “Togliatti: A Sixties Socialist City in the Seventies”

Susan Reid (Art History, Sheffield University, UK), “Making Oneself At Home in the Soviet Sixties”

Joao Goncalves (Anthropology, University of Chicago), and Marial Iglesias (History and Philosophy, University of Havana, Cuba) “Bring in the Sputnik, Topple the Eagle: The Birth of Socialist Havana in the Early 1960s*”*

*Discussant*: Christine Varga-Harris (History, Illinois State University)

1-2:30: *Panel Two: Youth Cultures*
*Chair*: Padraic Kenney (History, Indiana University)

Anne Luke (History, Wolverhampton University, UK), “Listening to /Los Beatles/:  Being Young in 1960s Cuba”

Rossen Djagalov (Comparative Literature, Yale University), “Musical Counterpublics: Guitar Poetry and International Socialism with a Human Face in the 1960s”

*Discussant: * Donna Buchanan (Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois)

3-5:  *Panel Three: Contact Zones*

*Chair*: Lilya Kaganovsky

Shawn Salmon (History, University of California), “Building Out: the Soviet Hotel in the 1960s”

Polly Jones (Literature, University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies), “The “Thaw” Goes International: Soviet Literature in Translation and Transit in the 1960s ”

Nicholas Rutter (History, Yale University), “Missionary Tourism at the World Youth Festivals of the 1960s”

*Discussant:* Anne E. Gorsuch

*SATURDAY, JUNE 26*

9:30-11:30. *Panel Four: Television*

*Chair*: Roshanna Sylvester (History, DePaul University)

Heather Gumbert (History, Virginia Polytechnic University), “Sixties Television: Redefining Socialist Womanhood in the GDR”

Christine Evans (History, University of California, Berkeley), “The 1960s Soviet Television Game Show as Cold War Genre”

Robert Edelman (History, University of California, San Diego), “From Soccer Tourism to Cosmopolitan Hooliganism: The Consequences of International Club Football inside the USSR, 1965-1975”

*Discussant*: James Brennan (History, University of Illinois)

1-3: *Panel Five: Tourism*

*Chair: *George Gasyna (Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois)

Christian Noack (History, National University of Ireland), “Unchained Melodies? The Soviet Tourist Song Movement between Bard Poetry and Soviet Mass Culture”

Mark Keck-Szajbel (History, University of California, Berkeley), “The Popularity and Peril of Hitchhiking in 1960s People’s Poland”

Rachel Applebaum (History, University of Chicago), “Detour on the Friendship Train: Soviet Tourism to Czechoslovak Cities and the Prague Spring, 1964-1969”

*Discussant: *Diane Koenker

3:30-5:00: *Closing Roundtable*

/The Socialist Sixties in Global Perspective: Questions and Research Agenda/**

**Chair: Diane Koenker

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MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon at MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon at: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/cold-hands-quarter-moon/

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

A great video and song, ‘Daystar’ by Will Roberts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6f_pA5XUPk