The Berlin „International Forum for Doctoral Candidates in East European Art History“ brings together similarly minded PhD students from all over the world. In 2017 I joined the forum as one of the several dozen colleagues who were given 3 minutes to pitch their PhD topic.
Official statement of the Forum: Previous editions of the forum have shown us that young scholars from all over the world working in this field have a strong need for a direct, lively exchange of specific conceptual issues and methodological problems of art historical “area studies” of Eastern Europe across the different epochs. With the forum we have initiated a platform open for these purposes. The annual meetings are intended to offer the opportunity and space for a continuous exchange of ideas and experiences, for making contacts and bringing together expertise. Current research projects – and as well their progress and modifications over the years – are documented on the forum’s website (http://www.kunstgeschichte.hu-berlin.de/institut/lehrstuehle/lehrstuhl-fuer-kunstgeschichte-osteuropas/internationales-doktorandenforum/). In this way and with a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/773095506060350/ ) it is possible to build networks besides the annual forums.