Submission Deadline: May 6, 2015
- Written during the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2014.
- Length: minimum of 10 pages for undergraduates; 15 pages for graduates.
- Cover page with: name, UIN, degree program and major, course, and instructor.
- Papers can be nominated by a faculty member or submitted directly by a student.
- Dissertation and thesis chapters are not eligible.
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
ARTH 541: The Russian Avant-Garde
Kristin Romberg, Assistant Professor of Art History, School of Art+Design
Interest in art produced in Russia between 1908 and 1930 has often been motivated by the particularities of its revolutionary political context, yet interpreted in terms of Western European notions of modernism. In this seminar, we will attempt to develop a more “glocal” understanding of the work by situating it in relation to ideas like Alexander Bogdanov’s tectonic systems theory, Mikhail Bakhtin’s aesthetics of answerability, Leon Trotsky’s perpetual revolution, and Aleksei Gastev’s scientific organization of labor, as well as familiar modernist aesthetic models, such as the avant-garde, medium-specific formalism, and the Gesamtkunstwerk.
The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 15 until August 8. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).