Archive January 14, 2017

CfP Queering Paradigms VIII

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in our call for paper for this years Queering Paradigms conference “Fucking Solidarity: queering concepts on/from a Post-Soviet perspective”. The conference will be held 20-23 September 2017, at the University of Vienna, Department for English and American Studies.

Please find the detailed call in English and Russian in the attachment.

Please send us a 350 word abstract with a topic, main ideas and format of your input as well as a 150 word short-biography. Deadline for Proposals is 15 March 2017. Please send your abstract to:

for more information go to

feel free to send the call to all your activist, artist, and academic friends and colleagues!

Pleshkas of Russian Art/ Queering Russian Art History

Pleshkas of Russian Art/ Queering Russian Art History is an art historical research project that will result in a publication to challenge the commonly-accepted heteronormative narrative of Russian art history. Pleshkas of Russian Art/Queering Russian Art History provides a platform for new scholarship on the connections between Russian art history to date and LGBTQ studies.

In Russian gay argot, “pleshka” is a cruising ground. If Russian art history can be seen as “closeted,” where the only queer presence is clandestine, how do we transform this into a site for visibility and voice? This project conceives of Russian art history as a gay cruising ground – pleshkas of Russian art history – and suggests a need for a rigorous project of re-reading Russian art history in order to write a more inclusive narrative.

Art historians are invited to submit papers on any aspect of queering the history of Russian art. The organizers are especially interested in reevaluating the narratives of the historical Russian Avant-garde, Socialist Realism, as well as post-War and post-Soviet art.

Papers should be 2500-5000 words in length and submitted via e-mail along with a CV or to

Pleshkas of Russian Art /Queering Russian Art History is organized by artist Yevgeniy Fiks and Katherine Carl, The Graduate Center, CUNY.