• Staged Otherness. Human Oddities in Central and Eastern Europe, c. 1850–1939 

    Conference Venue:

    The Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences

    Jadwiga and Marian Sobieski Hall

    26, Długa St.


    Day 1 – 25.10.2017

    8:30-9:00 –     Registration

    9:00-9:15 –     Opening of the Conference

    9:15-10:30    Keynote speech by Fanny Robles and Clemens Radauer

    10:30-11:00 – Discussion

    11:00-11:20 – Coffee break



    11:20-11:40HilkeThode-Arora: Samoan Ethnic Show Travellers to Germany, 1895-1911: German and Samoan Perspectives

    11:40-12:00Anssi Halmesvirta: Lapps as Exotic Others in Hamburg Tierpark

    12:00-12:20Varga Zsuzsanna: Rich Relative, Poor Relative: Sami Shows in the Budapest     Zoo and the Question of Hungarian and Finno-Ugric Kinship, 1880-1900

    12:20-13:00 – Discussion

    13:00-14:30 – Break



    14:30-14:50László Kontler: Relocating the Human Zoo: Exotic Displays, Metropolitan           Identity and Ethnographic Knowledge in Late Nineteenth-Century Hungary

    14:50-15:10Fanny Robles: Whose (Post)Colonial Guilt?: The Reception of Brett Bailey’s      Exhibit B in Central and Eastern Europe

    15:10-15:30 Clemens Radauer: The Re-use of Human Zoo Images up until Today

    15:30-16:10 – Discussion

    16:10-16:30 – Coffee break




    16:30-16:50 Dagnosław Demski: The ‘Savages’ and Their Audience. Ethnographic Shows in Poznań (1876-1924)

    16:50-17:10Bożidar Jezernik: Anthropological Presentations in Museums Established in       German Concentration Camps (Dachau, Gusen, Auschwitz, Buchenwald) during the         Second World War

    17:10-17:30 – Discussion


    Day 2 – 26.10.2017


    9:00-10:15 – Keynote speech by Andrea Zittlau: Unasked Questions. De-Americanizing         Freakery

    10:15-10:45 – Discussion

    10:45-11:05 – Coffee break



    11:05-11:25Agnes Fulemile: Imaginary Ethnography – on the Narrative and Pictorial           Legacy of the Representation of the “Monstrumhominis” and the Early Discovery of      the World

    11:25-11:45Filip Herza: Fabricating a Lilliputian. Freak Shows and Entertainment

     Culture in Prague from 1860s to 1920s

    11:45-12:05 – Discussion

    12:05-12:30 – Coffee break



    12:30-12:50Izabela Kopania: In the Footsteps of Julia Pastrana. Cultural Responses to         the “Ape-woman’s” Visit to Warsaw

    12:50-13:10 Marianna Szczygielska: The Missing Link: Human/Animal Divide in the             “Bearded Lady” Spectacle

    13:10-13:30 – Discussion

    13:30 – Break

    17:00 – Opening of the exhibition Human Zoos. The Invention of the Savage and screening of the film Paris Couleurs. Zoos Humains (in French). The Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw, 24, Solec St.


    Day 3 – 27.10.2017


    10:00-10:20Ildikó Sz. Kristóf: Buffalo Bill in East-Central Europe: The Transformation         of Native Americans in Hungarian Stages

    10:20-10:40Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska: “Don’t Waste your Money on Foreigners!”.     Press Reactions to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows in Poland

    10:40-11:00Bartosz Hlebowicz: Why did the Lakota Sing a Death Song at Karl May’s           grave? The Native Americans of the Sarrasani’s Drezden World Theatre

    11:00-12:00 – Discussion

    12:00-12:20 – Coffee break



    12:30-12:50Liisi Laineste: Fantasy and Reality in Encounters with the Black Other in            Turn of the Century Estonia

    12:50-13:10Dominika Czarnecka: Being/Making a View: Exotic Bodies in the Context of      Ethnographic Shows in Warsaw and Łódź

    13:10-13:30Ilze Boldane-Zelenkova: Staging Otherness in Latvia: First Steps in the Field

    13:30-13:50 – Discussion

    13:50-15:20 – Break



    15:20-15:40Istvan Santha, Tatjana Safonova: The Oriental Assistants’ Cases in the             West 

    15:40-16:00Oyungerel Tangad: The Acquired Otherness. The Buddhist Temple in Saint        Petersburg at the Beginning of the 20th Century

    16:00-16:20Ewa Manikowska: Staging Multi-ethnic Cultural Landscape at the Margins        of the Austrian Empire

    16:20-16:50 – Discussion

    Closing of the conference

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