Hannah Baader and Atreyee Gupta: Welcome and Introduction to “Global Modernisms”
With this welcome and introduction speech, Hannah Baader (Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices/Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz/Max-Planck-Institut) and Atreyee Gupta (Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices Fellow 2015/2016) opened the Annual Conference on “Global Modernisms: Contiguities, Infrastructures and Aesthetic Practices”. The Conference took place on 5 – 7 November 2015 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and was organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and convened by Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices.
Taking the years between 1905 and 1965 as the temporal frame, this conference sought to rethink Global Modernisms from a transregional perspective. Current conceptualizations of avantgardism and formal innovation often related to places like Paris, New York, Weimar or Moscow continue to inform Global Modernisms’ intellectual field. Global Modernisms are often presented as a symptom for new Westernism that masquerades as the universal. This conference sought a more constitutive conceptual vision.
The following interviews and contributions have emerged from the conference:
- Arjun Appadurai: “Indian Popular Cinema in the Making of a Decolonized Modernity”
- Saleem Al-Bahloly in conversation with Nada Shabout: “Freedom in the non-structure”
- Atreyee Gupta in conversation with Ming Tiampo: “It is difficult to change the DNA of a museum”
- Helene Bongers Tagungsbericht »Global Modernisms: Infrastructures, Contiguities and Aesthetic Practices«
- Saima Akhtar Conference Review “Global Modernisms: Contiguities, Infrastructures and Aesthetic Practices”