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Dear Colleague,
At the time when history moves faster than scholarly reflection, this short anonymous
survey invites you to consider roles, references and relations that art historians and their output have. Your answers will provide a basis for a discussion at the “Baltic Art Histories” conference to be held in Vilnius on 4-5 October 2024.
Many thanks for your time and thought. Looking very much forward to meeting you in Vilnius!
prof. dr. Giedrė Mickūnaitė, conference co-organiser, Vilnius Academy of Arts

Seminar "Enn Põldroos and his time"
The Kumu Art Museum and the Estonian Association of Art Historians and Curators are organising a joint seminar focusing on the art processes of the second half of the 1950s and the 1960s in the light of the development of Enn Põldroos and his contemporaries.
The seminar will take place on 2 April 2024, 13.00-17.30, in the Kumu 2nd floor café area.
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📕 The autumn issue of the journal Studies on Art and Architecture (Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi) 2023 has been published. The starting point for the issue was the seminar Likeness in Difference. Perspectives in Baltic Regional Art History, where Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian art historians explored commonalities and differences in Soviet-era and post-socialist art and architecture. It looked at the connections and influences that have shaped local identities, sought to overcome the East-West divide, experimented with transnational methods and postcolonial approaches, and analysed self-representations in curatorial exhibitions and collaborative projects, mapping the state of the art and future prospects. The editor-in-chief of the journal is Ingrid Ruudi. Anu Allas, one of the organisers of the seminar Likeness in Difference , is the co-editor of the autumn issue.

Mariann Raisma defended her doctoral thesis
On December 21, 2023, Mariann Raisma, a PhD student in the field of heritage conservation and conservation at the Estonian Academy of Arts, defended her doctoral thesis The Power of the Museum. The Museum as a Shaper of Collective Memory in Estonia during the Transition Periods of the 20th Century.

Rebeka Põldsam defended her doctoral thesis.
On 11 December 2023, Rebeka Põldsam defended her doctoral thesis in Ethnology on Why are we still abnormal?! A study of the history of discourses on non-normative gender and sexuality in Estonia.

Juhan Maiste was awarded the Kristja Raud prize
Congratulations to Juhan Maiste, who was awarded the 2023 Kristjan Raud Prize for his collection Estonian Manors and Castles. Seven Centuries of Noble Culture.

Kai Stahl defended his doctoral thesis
Kai Stahl defended his doctoral thesis on Dualisms in Marginalities. Female agency and innovation in the work of Natalie Mei in the 1910s and 1920s.

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The Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators

The Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators is a voluntary and independent professional union of individuals active in the areas of art theory, art history, art criticism and curatorship.
The Society was founded on 16th March 1993.

The predecessor of the Society was the section of art historians in the Estonian Artists' Union.

Since 2008, the Society is a member of the international association of art historians CIHA - Comité international d'histoire de l'art.
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