Art historical research still perceives Europe as being crossed by a vaguely imagined boundary. In view of 20th-century history , this boundary is frequently – and far too easily - equated with the former Iron Curtain. This perception needs to be challenged. Quasi provisionally and with a perpetual question mark in mind, the area our section intends to focus on will be denoted as 'eastern Europe', and it will be approached from the west as well as from the east. Aspects of this art and visual history will be highlighted and placed within the framework of wider discussions shaping our discipline. The approach chosen here is a regional one. Due to its historical genesis as well as in view of the decidedly interdisciplinary character of current research on eastern Europe, this approach carries a critical potential in itself. This is intended to provoke a debate on fundamental problems of art historical methodology and historiography.'Looking east' will comprise thematic issues as well as reviews of conferences, exhibitions and current research engaging with the art history of eastern Europe.
Editors LOOKING EAST
In the first issue we will look at the academic subject of "art history of eastern Europe" from several viewpoints. Which approaches have been taken by researchers thus far? How successful were these approaches, and which ones turned out to be dead ends? Which perspectives open up for art historical research through this specifically regional approach? How is art historical research on eastern Europe positioned within the discipline of art history in general? And how is it placed with regard to wider research on eastern Europe undertaken in other disciplines of the humanities?