The Centre for Art and Politics stands with our colleagues from the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central, and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES) to express our horror and outrage over the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military. We unequivocally condemn this war unleashed by the Russian government on Ukrainian territory with the support of Aleksandr Lukashenko’s government in Belarus. We express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and all those in Ukraine whose lives are in danger. Ukrainians deserve peace and justice, and we admire their spirit. While Ukraine draws attention of the media around the world, we also stand in solidarity with all people fighting for their lives against occupation, war, and oppression. Moreover, we stand in solidarity with Russians and Belarusians who risk their safety to stop their brutal regimes, as well as migrants from Central Asia who are affected by the sanctions against the Russian government. Many in our academic community have close ties to the region. This war not only directly threatens the lives of people in Ukraine; it tears apart the cultural fabric of the region directly, destroying archives, artwork, and heritage. We commit to doing all we can to support our Ukrainian colleagues and to preserve intercultural dialogue.
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Founded in 2018, the Centre for Art and Politics (CAP) is an interdisciplinary research unit housed in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.
The Centre aims to explore social and political expressions in its many forms – ranging from the plastic to the performative, the visual to the aural, and ephemeral to the monumental — as objects of study, vehicles of memory and identity, and as research outputs.
While much of the focus will be on contemporary art, current conflicts, and immediate social issues, the Centre also invites historical explorations and analyses.
To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and transdisciplinary perspectives, the Centre invites participation from across many different areas in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and beyond.