Caterina Preda

Art and Politics in Modern Dictatorships: A Comparison of Eastern Europe and the Southern Cone

Framed inside political science, my main research project concerns the comparative analysis of several cases of modern dictatorships in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania), and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay). The specific analysis concentrates on the 1970s and the 1980s when the two regions were ruled by dictatorships, either inspired by communism or anti-communism (Doctrine of National Security). The investigation will explore both art under dictatorships and art of the dictatorships of the second half of the 20th century in Eastern Europe and South America. Connected to this core research, I also investigate the role of art in the memorialization of the recent past in both regions, an approach that is congruent with transitional justice’ analyses.

Caterina Preda holds a PhD in Political Science of the University of Bucharest (2008) and just finished her postdoctoral scholarship as an Odobleja Fellow at the advanced studies center New Europe College in Bucharest. Caterina Preda has had several undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships in Europe and South America. Senior Lecturer (tenured) at the University of Bucharest, Department of Political Sciences, she teaches ‘Contemporary Latin America’, ‘Art and Politics’, and ‘Cultural memory in Eastern Europe and South America’ courses. She works on topics related to art and politics in modern dictatorships in Latin America and Eastern Europe as well as on issues related to art of memorialization in the two areas. She has published several scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as chapters in volumes published at important publishing houses such as Routledge or Palgrave. Caterina Preda is currently working on a book project comparing several other cases in the Southern Cone and Eastern Europe from the perspective of the relation between art and politics.


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