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Professor Beáta Hock

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Visiting Professor

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Beáta Hock has an interdisciplinary educational and research background. She studied Comparative Literature and Art Theory at Eötvös Lóránd University Budapest, specialising in the intersection of avant-garde theatre and happenings, performances, and action art. She did research work at the Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, working on these performative art forms in Hungary in the 1970-80s. Extending her study of post-war art and culture with a focus on gender, Béata completed her doctorate in Comparative Gender Studies at the Central European University, Budapest. She was co-editor of Praesens: Central European Contemporary Art Review between 2003–06 and member of the Editorial Board of ARTmargins: Art – Curating – Media – Politics – Transition (MIT Press) in 2012-14. Beáta is currently Research Associate at the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe, contributing to the work of the research cluster “Transnationalisation and cultural identities”.

She lectured at the Central European University, the University of Fine Arts, both in Budapest, and the University of Leipzig. Béata occasionally works as independent curator; a recent major international exhibition project was Agents and Provocateurs (on view in Hungary in 2009, in Germany in 2010, co-curated with Franciska Zólyom).

Béata currently works on two projects entitled “Inscribing Eastern Europe into a socialist world through art” and “Art-Artist-Politics: Icons in shifting relationship”. Her areas of research and teaching include art history, women’s and gender history, feminist cultural theory, and the cultural dimensions of the global Cold War.

Research interests

  • East-European art 19-20th century
  • Cultural history
  • Contemporary art
  • The cultural Cold War
  • Gender history and feminist theory
  • Transnational and interdisciplinary approaches

Forthcoming publications

Edited books

  • East European Art seen from Global Perspectives – Past and Present. Co-editor with Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius and Bojana Pejić

Essays and articles

  • ‘Wozu ein transnationaler Denkansatz in der Kunstgeschichte Ostmitteleuropas?’, in J. Hackmann, P.O. Loew (eds.), Verflechtungen in Politik, Kultur und Wirtschaft im östlichen Europa. Transnationalität als Forschungsproblem, (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz-Verlag)
  • ‘Kulturelle Dimensionen der transnationalen Verflechtungen Ostmitteleuropas 1871-1914’, in F. Hadler, M. Middell (eds.), „Ostmitteleuropa Transnational. Studien zur Verflechtungsgeschichte“ , Bd. 1 (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)
  • ‘Communities of Practice: Performing Women in the Second Public Sphere’, in K. Cseh, A. Czirak (eds.), Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere.
  • ‘Die Domestizierung der feministischen Kulturtheorie als Mittel zur Aussöhnung mit der sozialistischen Vergangenheit’, in I. Alber, C. Kraft (eds.), Geschlecht und Wissen(schaft) in Ostmitteleuropa (Marburg, Herder-Institut)
  • ‘Women Artists’ Trajectories and Networks within the Hungarian Underground Art Scene and Beyond’, in J. Bazin, P. Piotrowski (eds.), Art Beyond Borders. Artistic Exchanges in Communist Europe (Budapest/Stuttgart)
  • ‘“162 artists over 50 countries” — Artistic networking in the mainstream and on the margins. Hungary and the Global South’, in A. Öhrner (ed.), Art in Transfer: Curatorial Practices and Transnational Strategies in the Era of Pop (Stockholm, Södertörn University)

Recent publications

Books and edited publications

 Essays and articles

  • ‘Moving across Europe and the Use of Sex-Appeal: Three Case Studies’, in K. Kosmala (ed.), Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)
  • ‘Relational Aesthetics’, in M. Kelly (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Contributing discussion to J. Elkins, H. Montgomery (ed.), Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic (Penn State University Press, 2013)
  • ‘Women in Filmmaking. The Hungarian Case’, Iluminace: The Journal of Film Theory, History and Aesthetics, no.4, 2012
  • ‘Boys Do Cry: Contemporary Hungarian (Male) Artists Engaging with Gender Troubles’, in H. Kahlert,S. Schäfer (eds.), Engendering Transformation. Post-Socialist Experiences on Work, Culture and Politics. Special issue of GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft, no.1, 2011
  • ‘Sites of Undoing Gender Hierarchies: Woman and/in Hungarian Cinema (Industry)’, Media Research: Croatian Journal for Journalism and Media, no.1, 2010
  • ‘A History of Things That Did Not Happen: the Life and Work of Two Fictitious Hungarian Women Authors’, Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History, no.2 (2008)

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