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Abstract

Long-time absent or only briefly mentioned for those examples fitting into the schemata, Eastern Europe has started to integrate in the past few years the mainstream discourse of architectural history. The reason of this inclusion is to be sought for not only in a certain globalization – both of the practice and of the academic discipline – but also in the mutations operated recently in the field of architectural historiography. However, in spite of the renewed context, Eastern Europe remains still marginal, both geographically – though globalization turned peripherality into a relative issue – and disciplinarily. The paper looks at Eastern European architecture as an epitome of marginality, analyzing the tactics and strategies employed for gaining visibility.

Long temps absente, ou mentionnée uniquement à travers les exemples qui conviennent au discours dominant, l’Europe de l’Est a commencé depuis peu à intéresser l’histoire de l’architecture. La raison de cet intérêt doit être cherchée non seulement du côté de la mondialisation mais aussi des mutations subies par le champ de l’historiographie architecturale. Toutefois, en dépit de ce contexte renouvelé, l’Europe de l’Est reste marginale, à la fois géographiquement – même si la mondialisation a rendu le concept de périphérie relatif – et disciplinairement. Considérant l’architecture est-européenne sous l’angle d’un paradigme de marginalité, cet article analyse les tactiques et stratégies qu’on emploie afin de lui apporter plus de visibilité.

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