Call for papers:New Cold War Studies. XXIInd CISH Congress


Place : Jinan, China

Date : 23-29/08/2015

Deadline : 30/11/2013

Cold War studies traditionally depicted the Cold War era as dominated by the game of two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. In recent years, however, new approaches to the Cold War have emerged and the scope of Cold War studies has widened. The specialized theme “New Cold War Studies” is focusing on two new approaches: the history of knowledge and the multileveled East-West interaction. Both approaches shift the focus from international relations and diplomacy to society and culture, and both of them emphasize processes of circulation and interaction as crucial to comprehending the dynamics of the Cold War era. The multileveled interaction approach focuses on diverse forms of East-West interaction between states, organizations and individuals, irrespective of ideological-political differences during the Cold War. In contrast to political rivalry, multileveled interaction between various actors on both sides of the Iron Curtain took place and led to mutually beneficial cooperation. By looking at the production and circulation of knowledge throughout national and institutional boundaries, the history of knowledge approach allows us to scrutinize the multilayered interaction between “popular”, public and academic science. It focuses on discourses and representations as well as on media, actors and institutions. The aim is to demonstrate that knowledge in various fields of academic and popular interest, far beyond military technology, atomic sciences, or security studies, has been deeply structured by the antagonism of the Cold War. The specialized theme calls for papers focusing on different kinds of interaction, cooperation, knowledge production and circulation within the two blocs as well as across the East-West boundary during the Cold War and after. Especially welcome are proposals that concentrate on actors and institutions in neutral or non-aligned states and supranational associations.



Philipp Sarasin

Proposals should be a maximum of 2 500 characters – 350 words and should be sent with a short biographical note to the organizers and to the Secretary General Robert Frank : by the 30th November 2013.

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