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Towards a Conjuctural Political Economy of Non-Alignment and Cultural Politics

GLOB Exchange Research Workshop #2, hybrid – Filodrammatica, Rijeka, Croatia, 27 - 29 September 2021 (in-person/via Zoom workshop)

This is the second of a series of workshops organised within the bilateral research project Globe_EXCHANGE: Models and Practices of Global Cultural Exchange and Non-aligned Movement. Research in the Spatio-temporal Cultural Dynamics.

The research focuses on emergent visual assemblages and new models of cultural exchange from the second half of the 20th century developed as a consequence of decolonization, forms of radical political and aesthetic interventions into the dynamics of global Cold War and North-South relations. The workshop continues our exploration of the economic, social, cultural and political imaginaries of NAM through a spatio-temporal, or conjunctural, frame. NAM is considered, here, as an unstable, dynamic, set of practices connected, in complex and underexplored ways, with broader networks of cultural and political solidarity, of South-South exchanges, and contributing to a common political agenda of decolonization. Challenging the supposed universality of colonial modernity and questioning capitalist concepts of development, a conjunctural political economy of NAM explores the material conditions and socio-political contexts of cultural exchange.


Close to the 60th anniversary of the Belgrade summit that heralded the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement (1-5 September 1961), this conference, organised by the Institute of Art History, Zagreb in collaboration with the NGO Drugo more from Rijeka, explores aspects of a critical conjunctural political economy of non-alignment and cultural politics. It has four broad aims:


  1. To explore aspects of the political economy of the Non-Aligned Movement and cultural politics across different spatio-temporal conjunctures with particular reference to its impacts in terms of North-South and West-East divisions and struggles, and in terms of the complex inter-relations between capitalism, colonialism and hegemonic racialised structures.

  2. ​To address the complementarities, contradictions and conflicts between non-alignment and other anti-systemic worldmaking projects including the Bandung spirit of Afro-Asian solidarity, the Tri-Continental, Pan-Africanism, pan-Arabism, and others, in terms of counter-hegemonic cultural politics.

  3. ​To identify contestations and complementarities in terms of socialist internationalist worldmaking in terms of cultural politics and cultural exchange, with particular reference to Soviet and Chinese politics and practices.

  4. ​To note elements of the spatio-temporal 'afterlives' of non-alignment and their significance for contemporary cultural politics, including Nasserism, Yugoslavism and Tricontinentalism.


Filodrammatica Hall (second floor)

Korzo 28

Rijeka, Croatia

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For travel restrictions and entry requirements related to the current pandemic, please consult the respective competent authorities. Due the continuing dynamic pandemic situation all on-site conference participants are asked to keep track of the changing regulations and make their travel arrangements accordingly. You can find information about the current regulations here:

Covid-19 Information

On-site participants need to respect the Covid-related rules (vaccinated, tested, recovered).  Wearing protective mask is mandatory in all closed spaces. 

Link to online entry form each person arriving to Croatia has to fill 

EU digital COVID Certificate confirms that you are either

  • tested (PCR tests are valid for 72 hours; antigen tests carried out by an authorized body are valid for 48 hours; antigen self tests are no longer valid as entrance tests in Croatia!), or

  • Pay for a  test  on arrival and remain in self-isolation  until a negative result.

  • Vaccination certificate confirming the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine used in EU Member States (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gambaleya, Sinopharm). Exceptionally, in the case of Janssen or Johnson & Johnson, a certificate confirming receipt of a single dose more than 14 days before arrival, or

  • Confirmation of receipt of the  first dose  of Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya (when travelling between the 22nd and 42nd day of receipt), or AstraZeneca (when travelling between the 22nd and 84th day of receipt), or

  • Proof of recovery  from Covid more than 11 days and less than 270 days before arrival, or

  • Proof of recovery  and  first dose of vaccination  more than 11 days and less than 270 days ago.



For further questions concerning the workshop Towards a Conjuctural Political Economy of Non-Alignment and Cultural Politics please send an email to or

The conference is realized within the research project Models and Practices of Global Cultural Exchange and Non-Aligned Movement. Research in the Spatio-Temporal Cultural Dynamics financed by the Croatian Science Foundation, and the Slovenian Research Agency.

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