The International Conference – Monument. Central and Eastern Europe 1918-2018

21st – 23rd of March 2019

An international conference is to take place on 21 – 23 March 2018 held in cooperation with the Institute of Polish Culture of the Warsaw University. The event shall accompany the exhibition “Monument. Central and Eastern Europe 1918 – 2018” organised by Królikarnia as part of the as part of the celebrations of the centennial of Poland’s regaining of independence. The aim of the conference is the reconstruction and a deepened analysis of the multi-level material, social, cultural, historical, political and ecological biographies of monuments erected in the region of Central and Eastern Europe in the years 1918 – 2018. Treating them as a certain genre which we recognise as typical and constitutive for the region under analysis, we shall try to determine its cultural, material, formal and historical specificity in relation to both the social macroprocesses as well as grassroot cultural practices. By merging the perspectives of art history, culture studies, sociology, anthropology, social history, political sciences and law,  and cutting across the disciplinary divisions, we shall ponder on how we can elaborate the most effective methods of research and exposition of the culture of monuments of Central and Eastern Europe and the social circuits which co-create it.



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Thursday, 21st of March 2019

Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Division of the National Museum in Warsaw
Puławska 113a; 02-707 Warsaw

16:00 – Offical opening and presentation of the project:

IKP (Prof. Iwona Kurz), Królikarnia (Agnieszka Tarasiuk),  welcoming of the guests

16:15 – 17:15 – Keynote, Prof. Zvonko Maković (University in Zagreb) – Yugoslavian Monuments: In Quest of a New Forms of Memorial Sculpture.

17:15  break

1st SESSION: Stigmatizations

18:00-18:30 – Mischa Gabowitsch PhD (Einstein Forum w Poczdamie) – Erection of Soviet War Memorial

18:30-19:00 – Prof. Paweł Machcewicz (ISP PAN) – Lenin from Jedwabne

19:00 – 19:30 – Prof. Hana Pichova (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) – How to Erase a Monument Built for Eternity? The Case of the Stalin Statue in Prague

19:30–20.00 – discussion – Agnieszka Tarasiuk

Friday, 22nd of March 2019

Polish Culture Institute University of Warsaw
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28; 00-927 Warsaw

2nd SESSION: In the service of Identity

10:00-10:30 – Sofia Dyak PhD (Center for Urban History of East Central in Lviv) – Lviv and material archivisation of memory

10:30-11:00 – Magdalena Howorus-Czajka PhD (Uniwersytet Gdański) – Piast mythology – form, function and context in monuments at so called Recovered Lands in Poland

11:00-11:30 – Maroje Mrduljaš (University in Zagreb) – Yugoslavian socialism. Unwanted heritage of monuments?

11:30-12:00 – discussion – Konrad Schiller

12:00-12:30 – break

3rd SESSION: Memory and vanishing

12:30-13:00 – Katy Bentall (Artist, Tchorek-Bentall Studio, Warsaw) – The Tablet project of Karol Tchorek

13:00-13:30 – Prof. Andrzej Koss – Dzierżyński Monument from decay to “live support”

13:30 – 14:00 – Magda Szcześniak PhD (Instytut Kultury Polskiej Uniwersytet Warszawski) – Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers 1970 Gdańsk

14:00-14:30 –  Nataša Ivančević (Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb) –  The Fate of Vojin Bakić’s Monument in Two Political

14:30-15:00 –discussion

15:00 – 17:00  break

17:00 – DEBATE : Central Eastern Europe – common memory?
Host: Prof. Iwona Kurz (Instytut Kultury Polskiej Uniwersytet Warszawski)

19:30-21:00 – Artist’s talk at the exhibition: Love, Hope, Faith. In memorial… in the Exhibiton Bureau


Saturday, 23rd of March 2019

Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Division of the National Museum in Warsaw
Puławska 113a; 02-707 Warsaw

4th SESSION: Psychogeography

10:30-11:00 – Piotr Majewski PhD (SWPS) – Skopie 2014

11:00-11:30 – Piotr Przybyła PhD (Uniwersytet Wrocławski) – Geohardware: Saint Ann Mountain.

11:30-12:00 – Prof. Nikolai Voukov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) – Cities and memory. Plovdiv case.

12:00 – 12:30 – Maria Nowakowska (Instytut Historii Sztuki Uniwersytet Łódzki) – Radogoszcz Mausoleum in Łódź

12:30-13:00 – Ewa Ziembińska (Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Division of the National Museum in Warsaw) – Competition for Marshall Piłsudski Monument.

13:00 – 13:30 – discussion