University of Barcelona-Macba, Barcelona / April 2011
Conveners: Joaquín Barriendos, Anna Guasch, Marquard Smith

CVG_ BANER_ VCE_ CON CUÑAUnder the title The Geopolitical and Intercultural Boundaries of Visual Culture this conference elaborates on the interplay between the geopolitical designs of the European Union and transnational visual cultures in the region. Taking as a point of departure the strategic expansion and uneven porosity of the Europe’s political and cultural boundaries, this conference will lay out the role that visuality have had in the process of reinvention and postcolonial relocation of the cultural image of the EU. By what means is visual culture participating today not only in the remaking of the idea of Europe, but also in the restructuring of the EU and the Euro-zone? What kind of intercultural visual challenges have emerged within the region during its latest eastward enlargement? Are minority visual cultures experiencing a sort of uneven recognition at EU level in the same way that diverse minority languages have differential or no official recognition, and if so, how many and what sort of non-central visualities are ‘eligible’ for ‘admission’ into the European Union? What is it produced and who manages the image of the renewed, supposedly more diverse, and strategically more comprehensive EU-27? Which countries own the authority to disseminate their ‘native’ visual understanding of Europe and which ones are doomed to be ‘translated’, in order to fit into the communitarian visual hegemonies? What kind of decolonial dilemmas the reinvention and promotion of Europe as a coherent, inclusive, and diverse cultural reality is facing today, both spatially and symbolically? Finally, to what extent the new cultural image of Europe has been contested from within, from abroad and from the border zones?


Organized by:
Global Visual Cultures
Visual Culture in Europe Network

Joaquín Barriendos Rodríguez (University of Bacelona)
Anna Maria Guasch (University of Bacelona)
Joanne Morra (University of the Arts London)
Marquard Smith (University of Westminster, London)

Safet Ahmeti (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje-Macedonia)
Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio (Universidad de Barcelona)
Petra Bernhardt (Department of Political Science Ι University of Vienna)
Andrea Díaz (Universidad de Barcelona)
Giulia Grechi (Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome)
Marina Gržinić (Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna)
Ivan Jurica (Bratislava, Slovakia / Academy Of Fine Arts, Vienna)
Nina Lager Vestberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Erika Larsson (The Division of Art History & Visual Studies, Sweden)
Max Liljefors (Art History and Visual Studies, Lund University)
Ivana Marjanović (Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna)
Helge Mooshammer (Austrian Science Fund)
Julia Moritz (Weißensee Art Academy, Berlin)
Peter Mörtenböck (Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology)
Almira Ousmanova (European Humanities University, Lithuania)
Modesta di Paola (Universidad de Barcelona)
Andreas Pribersky (Department of Political Science Ι University of Vienna)
Kresimir Purgar (Centre for Visual Studies, Zagreb)
André da Silveira Rodrigues (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Nadja Stamselberg (Nyx-A Noctournal Journal of Cultural Studies, London)
Øyvind Vågnes (University of Bergen, Norway)

Ada Sbriccoli
Rafael Pinilla
Claudia Herrera
Patricia Hambrona

April 11-12, 2011
Barcelona, Spain
10-14hrs / 16-20hrs

MACBA / Auditorium-Auditorio
Plaça dels Angels, 1, 08001 Barcelona
Tel (34) 93 412 08 10

Montalegre, 6 / 4th Stage (4º piso), 08001 Barcelona
Tel (34) 93 403 77 19

With the Support of:
Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
MACBA | Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Ministerio de Educación
Universitat de Barcelona
European Cultural Foundation
La Virreina

Sponsors: Illy Café



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