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Suzana Milevska’s Endowed Professorship for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories will be extended through 2015
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Above: Object by Anastasiya Yarovenko as the subject of the Symposium “On Productive Shame, Reconciliation and Agency.” Photo: Richard Zazworka, 2014.
Above: Object by Anastasiya Yarovenko as the subject of the Symposium “On Productive Shame, Reconciliation and Agency.” Photo: Richard Zazworka, 2014.

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and ERSTE Foundation announce the extension of the Endowed Professor for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, for a two-year period. Suzana Milevska, appointed professor since October 2013, will stay until the end of May 2015.

The professorship was advertised by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation in spring 2013 for the first time. The professorship is addressed to scholars with outstanding qualifications in the field of Central and South Eastern European art histories, giving particular consideration to the period after 1960. Extending the concept of art history, the professorship is designed to interrelate with other fields within the discipline, particularly the critical reflection of economic, political, cultural, queer and feminist studies, as well as postcolonial theory formations and institutional critique.

With Suzana Milevska the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has been proud to welcome a well-known and profound expert in the field of Central and South Eastern European Art. During her first semester at the Academy it became clear that the success of the professorship in terms of building sustainable co-operations, making substantial research contributions and establishing meaningful teaching practices will be even greater by extending the position for another year. The next call (published in 2015) will advertise a two-year term.

Part of the professorship is the symposium “On Productive Shame, Reconciliation, and Agency” coming up on April 3–4 at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Speakers include Nikita Dhawan (Frankfurt/M), Jean-Paul Martinon (London), Timea Junghaus (Budapest), Jasmina Cibic (Ljubljana), Karin Schneider and Tal Adler (Vienna), Eduard Freudmann/Tatiana Kai-Browne (Vienna), Dejan Vasic (Belgrade), Zsuzsi Flohr (Budapest), Jakob Krameritsch (Vienna), Trevor Ngwane/Primrose Sonti (Marikana, South Africa) and others. A detailed programme can be found here.

Suzana Milevska is a visual culture theorist and curator. She holds a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College in London. From 2008 to 2010 she taught fine arts and digital arts at New York University in Skopje, Macedonia. She taught art history and analysis of styles at the Accademia Italiana Skopje, where she served as Dean. She was the Director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Research at the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje (2006–2008). Milevska was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2004) and P. Getty Curatorial Research Fellow (2001). Her academic research and curatorial interests include post-colonial critique of hegemonic power in art, the complex relations between gender theory and feminism(s) in art practices, and socially engaged and participatory projects.

Selected publications & contributions
– “Becoming-Curator.” In The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating, edited by Jean-Paul Martinon. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
– “The Eternal Return of Race: Reflections on East European Racism” with Arun Saldanha. In. Deleuze and Race. Edited by Arun Saldanha and Jason Michael Adams, Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.
– “Feminist Research in Visual Arts.” In Art as a Thinking Process: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production, Edited by Mara Ambrožič and Angela Vettese. Berlin: Sternberg Press and Venezia: Università Iuav di Venezia, 2013.
– “Macedonian Art Stories.” In East Art Map: Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe. Edited by IRWIN. London: Afterall, 2006.
– “The Reciprocal Relationship between Art and Visual Culture in the Balkans.” In Space (Re)solutions Intervention and Research In Visual Culture. Edited by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer. Bielefeld. [transcript], 2011.
– Gender Difference in the Balkans: Archives of Representations of Gender Difference and Agency in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art in the Balkans. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag, 2010.

The Endowed Professorship for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories is a co-operation between the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and ERSTE Foundation.


March 11, 2014