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Designing Socialist Modernity

This one day symposium will explore the complex processes of emerging modernity in Central and Eastern Europe, including the GDR and USSR.

East European post-war modernity is the object of increasing interest among cultural historians. Within centrally planned societies, 'designing modernity’ was an attempt to create a material and structural basis upon which communism could be achieved. The social significance of designed objects, works of art, and the urban environment were all contested and re-conceptualized at different points and locations during this period.

This event brings together a variety of approaches from design, art and architectural history, anthropology and material culture studies, spanning a wide geographical area. This will provide a basis for discussion on how designers, craftspeople, artists, theorists, engineers and other specialists attempted to create a material basis for modernity in socialist countries after 1945.


Andres Kurg | talks | www
Iliana Veinberga | talks | www
Blazej Brzostek | talks | www
Ines Weizman | talks | www
Nicolette Makovicky | talks | www
Susan E. Reid | talks | www


Date and Time:

22 May 2012 at 10:00 am


Full Day



Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
020 7590 4444

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Free but register for a place

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To register for a place email socialistdesign@googlemail.com

Additional Information:

Deadline for registering 16th May 2012. For info on speakers and programme http://designingsocialistmodernity.blogspot.co.uk/

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