The Cold War: History, Memory, Representation

The Cold War: History, Memory, Representation

European Academy Berlin, Bismarckallee 46/48

13-17 juillet 2011


Date limite d’inscription : 12 juillet 2011


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Two decades after the end of the Cold War, the time has come to reflect upon its lingering legacy. This international and interdisciplinary conference will discuss the main features of the East­-West conflict, probe its conflicting memories and analyze its cultural representations.  By presenting the views of participants the public opening session intends to focus on the peaceful way in which the Cold War was concluded in order to contribute to the ongoing reintegration of Europe.

Thursday, July 14th 2011

Opening session of the conference (Berliner Rathaus, Festsaal). The opening session of the conference is funded by the Senate of Berlin.

Overcoming the Cold War: European division, detente and reintegration

7:00 p.m. — Welcome by Konrad H. Jarausch, Chair of the Cold War Museum Association

Welcome by Walter Momper, President of the Berlin State Parliament, Former Lord Mayor of Berlin

Keynote Speech : Markus Meckel, Former GDR Foreign Minister

Panel Discussion :

  • James D. Bindenagel, Former Ambassador of the United States
  • Andrei Grachev, Last advisor and official spokesman of Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
  • Moderated by Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History University College London

9:00 p.m. — Reception


Friday, 15th of July 2011

European Academy Berlin

9:00 Panel 1 — The Cold War: Master narratives in East and West

Opening by Eckart D. Stratenschulte (Director of the European Academy Berlin Andreas Etges (Professor of North American History, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin)

Chair: Christian Ostermann (Director of Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.)

  • “On the historiography of the Cold War”, Odd Arne Westad (Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • “Western Europe – Probing the Cold War narrative”, David Reynolds (Professor of International History Cambridge University)

11:00 a.m. — Coffee break

11:20 a.m. :

  • “The Cold War as metaphor and trope”, Anders Stephanson (James P. Shenton Professor of History, Columbia University)
  • “Twenty years of changing interpretations of the Cold War in Russia”, Vladimir Pechatnov (Director of the Department of European and American Studies,  Moscow State Institute of International Relations

01:00 p.m. — Lunch

02:00 p.m. — History, memory and the Cold War

Introduction by Andreas Etges

“The Cold War between history and memory”, Keynote speech by Jay Winter (Charles J. Stille Professor of History Yale University)

03:15 p.m. — Coffee break

03:45 p.m. — PANEL 2 : Official and biographical memorialization

Chair: Martin Klimke (Research Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington)

  • “Memorialization or mythologization? A comparative approach to the attitudes of the French and Russian states towards the Cold War”, Marie­Pierre Rey (Professor of History University Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris
  • “Painful memories: Russian attitudes towards the end of the Cold War in Europe”, Sergej Kudryashov (Research Associate German Historical Institute, Moscow)
  • “Spies which saved the world? The construction of biographies of George Blake and Oleg Penkovsky – New approaches”, Matthias Uhl (Research Associate German Historical Institute, Moscow)
  • “‘The Cold War? I rather have it in my family…’ East -West discrepancies in remembering Cold War times”, Thomas Lindenberger (Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Vienna)

05:45 p.m.  Film screening of PBS Documentary After the Wall – A World United (2011), Commented by James D. Bindenagel, Introduced by Axel Klausmeier (Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation)

07:00 p.m. — Barbecue in the garden of the European Academy Berlin


Saturday, 16th of July 2011

09:00 a.m. — PANEL 3 : Popular culture and school books

Chair: Andreas Etges

  • “Cold War films (East and West)”, Tony Shaw (Professor of Contemporary History University of Hertfordshire)
  • “Ian Fleming, British spy fiction and the public profile of the Central Intelligence Agency”, Christopher Moran (Postdoctoral Research Scholar University of Warwick)
  • “Pedagogy of history? The Cold War in history and social studies textbooks”, Falk Pingel (Former Deputy Directorn of the Georg Eckert Institute for international research on schoolbooks, Braunschweig)

11:00 a.m. — Coffee break

11:15 a.m. — PANEL 4 : Places of memory

Chair: Andreas Gestrich (Director German Historical Institute, London)

  • “Protect and survive: Protecting, preserving and presenting Cold War heritage”, Wayne Cocroft (Senior Archaeological Investigator English Heritage)
  • “Cold War memory sites and museums in Central Europe”, Csaba Békés (Director Cold War History Research Center, Budapest, Hungary)
  • “The postcolonial Cold War”, Heonik Kwon (Reader in anthropology, London School Of Economics and Political Sciences)

01:00 p.m. — Lunch

02:00 p.m. — PANEL 5 : Berlin as a place of memory of the Cold War

Chair: Winfried Heinemann (Colonel in the general staff (Oberst i.G.), Head of Department education, information and studies Military History Research Institute Potsdam

“The resurrection of the Berlin Wall as a site of memory”, Hope Harrison (Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University Washington, DC)

04:00 p.m. — Coffee break

04:15 p.m. —

  • “Competing of the best wall memorial: The heritage industry at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin”, Sybille Frank (LOEWE research area “Intrinsic Logic of Cities”, Technische Universität Darmstadt)
  • “Project for a museum of the Cold War at Checkpint Charlie”, Konrad Jarausch (Lurcy Professor of European Civilization University of North Carolina)

07:00 p.m  — “Reading and Dinner”, György Dalos (Writer of the biography: “Gorbatschow. Mensch und Macht”, Publicist, Leipzig Book Award winner for European Understanding (2010))

Moderated by Andrea Despot (Deputy Director of the European Academy Berlin)

Sunday, 17th of July 2011

Tour of museums and Cold War sites

09:30 a.m. Start of the bus tour
10:00 a.m. Allied Museum
Checkpoint Charlie
Berlin Wall Museum
Museum Karlshorst (German-­ Russian Museum)

4:00 p.m. finish

Organizers: Europäische Akademie Berlin, Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt Potsdam, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam, Alliierten Museum, German Historical Institute London, Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau, German Historical Institute Washington, Museum Berlin Karlshorst, John F. Kennedy-Institut Berlin, FU Berlin, Stiftung Luftbrückendank, Stiftung Berliner Mauer, Cold War International History Project


Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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