The full title of the conference is: ‘Collections - Encounters – Inspirations. Reception of Japanese art and crafts in Central and Eastern Europe before the establishment of diplomatic contacts between Poland and Japan in 1919’.
After a long period of non-existence Poland reappeared on political maps of the world in 1918 and began to establish diplomatic relations with many countries, including Japan in 1919. Poland became Japan’s active partner in Central and Eastern Europe by making its contribution to the development of cultural relations with this country in the region that are ongoing to this day. These were not entirely new activities, however, as before 1919 the inhabitants of Polish territories participated in cultural exchange in various fields (including art) by actively cooperating with collectors and artists from Europe and beyond, some examples being the creation of the collections of Japanese art and crafts, and exchange of art-related experiences and ideas within Europe. Such collections not only helped to circulate the knowledge about Japan throughout Europe, but also inspired European artists in the process of creating their own works of art.
This conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of Poland's diplomatic relations with Japan. The primary objective of this project is to promote the inter-sector cooperation between universities, museums, associations, collectors and artists specialising in Japanese art and culture. Furthermore, the project aims to create a network for international cooperation among scholars exploring encounters between Japan and Central and Eastern Europe (from their first encounters until now), including collections of Japanese arts and crafts, the role of collectors and the reception of Japanese arts and crafts in Central and Eastern European countries.
The abstract submission deadline is 30 April 2019.