European Uni(on)ty in linguistic Diversity

Like many Western Europeans, having focused their main geographical and cultural interest on other regions of the world, I came to Bucharest some six months ago. Being the new director of the Bucharest Goethe-Institut, one of my first acquaintances was Professor Dr Andrei Plesu, director of the institute for advanced studies New Europe College, who welcomed me to Bucharest with the remark: 'there are rumours that you came here voluntarily.' Professor Plesu's well phrased words set me thinking for quite a while. Indeed, Bucharest has never been one of my colleagues' absolute favourite postings. Nevertheless, this lack of enthusiasm derives in a good measure from a lack of knowledge and more thorough information about Romania, the Romanians and Romanian culture.

Sabine Hentzsch
Director of the Goethe-Institut Bucharest
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Curatorial positioning in
post-socialist conditions
Undertitled 'Art, Theory, Politics, Resistance and Collectivity', this article addresses the need for contextualization of contemporary artistic and curatorial practices related to South East Europe. "What I am trying to set out as an issue of the utmost importance is the necessity of analysing the current state of curatorial affairs in South East Europe exclusively through the current state of political, social, and economic affairs in the region... The decision-making process in contemporary art and culture should no longer be treated only as reflecting political reality, but as influencing this reality through artís ability to respond to the demands and criteria controlled by other public sectors."
Marko Stamenkovic
Art historian from Belgrade (Serbia) and MA candidate in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management at the University of Arts in Belgrade.
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