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Appel à articles – Creating for the state: the unions of artists and the state artists during the communist regimes in Eastern Europe

Revue: Studia Politica
Date de parution: 2017
Date limite de soumission: 15 avril 2017

An understudied topic of the establishment, functioning, and demise of the communist regimes, the (creative) unions of artists in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union represent a fascinating topic of research, which best captures the relationship between the artists and the state. This relationship was not static, but evolved in time in the decades from the 1950s to the 1990s, and was further on transformed by the change of regime at the beginning of the 1990s. The state artists, those that accepted to create for the new communist states, were one of the main effects of the establishment of the new regimes. While public orders existed prior to 1945, their importance grew extensively in the decades of communism and the forms it took transformed the public function of art. We invite contributions on the topic of the unions of artists, the state artists (especially specific cases of artists), the types of refusals the artists were able to engage in, as well as on the transformations of this context after 1990/1991.

The main topics that can be touched upon, among others are:
– the (creative) unions of artists (visual arts, music, theater, cinema)
– relations between the unions of artists
– the “state artists”
– portraits of specific artists
– professional artists versus amateurs
– painting the leaders
– the official iconography
– types of public orders and types of patrons (factories, ministries, etc.)
– the changing roles of the unions of artists after 1990/1991
– state exhibitions

The manuscripts should have 8.000-9.000 words. They must include an abstract (maximum 200 words), keywords (maximum 5) and the author’s short biography (200 words), current affiliation and email address.

The manuscript should be in MS Word format, and the document must be set at the A4 paper size standard.The document (including the footnotes and bibliography) will be 1 line spaced with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. A 12-point standard font such as Times New Roman should be used for all the text, including headings, notes and bibliography. Submissions should conform to the notes and bibliography version of Studia Politica.s

Editor: PhD Lecturer, Caterina Preda (Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest) caterina.preda [at] fspub.unibuc.ro