PATTERNS Lectures 2016/17: call for proposals for university courses

Application deadline: March 7, 2016

ERSTE Foundation
1010 Vienna

PATTERNS Lectures has launched a new call to develop university courses in the fields of artistic research, art history, cultural theory and cultural studies. The fourth edition of the programme focuses on new artistic and activist practices, new social movements and their significance for recent cultural history in Central and South Eastern Europe (CEE). The programme aims to research, analyse and understand different aspects of cultural practices related to the transformation of society, life, art and culture in CEE, while accounting for the pluralities that characterise the region.

The programme stresses critical methodology as well as innovative and interactive teaching practices. It encourages international academic exchange by enabling lecturers to go on study visits and offer guest lectures by international colleagues.

The programme supports courses that have been recently developed and have not been offered before.
We are interested in courses which critically analyse the period after 1989 up to the present day and
–deal with cultural and social phenomena including aspects of popular, marginal, parallel and counter culture
–focus on new artistic and activist practices
–ask how and if art contributes to society and investigate the potential and limits of art 
–stress aspects of migration, nationalism, xenophobia and homophobia
–deal with social movements and socially engaged art
–stress aspects of ecology and environmental issues in art production
–reflect on „peripheries“ and „margins“ understanding them regionally, culturally and politically

The courses should
–examine interdisciplinary and cross-cultural history in CEE
–involve critical methodology
–integrate innovative and interactive teaching practices
–offer practical and theoretical perspectives on the topic
–offer comparative analysis
–deal with social aspects of art practices and educational practices in art and curating
–encourage students to become active citizens and practice democracy 
–reflect ethical and political aspects of teaching

Who we support?
The call is directed at lecturers at public universities in CEE who offer study programmes in the fields of artistic research, art history, cultural theory, cultural studies and cultural sciences, as well as related fields. Course proposals by external lecturers must be integrated into the framework of a public higher education institution. Please note that upon receiving a grant, the university is expected to have a working contract with the lecturer who implements the PATTERNS Lectures course.

Courses will start in the academic year 2016/17, and are expected to be implemented a second time before the end of June 2018.

Application documents and procedure
All application documents including guidelines are available for download here.

Contact information
If you have further questions, please contact:

The previous three editions of PATTERNS Lectures were successfully completed: 39 courses from 14 countries were implemented at their respective universities and the majority will be continued in the long-term curriculum.

You can find comprehensive information at

PATTERNS Lectures was initiated by ERSTE Foundation and is being implemented by World University Service (WUS) Austria.

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