Accidental Armageddons: The Nuclear Crisis and the Culture of the Second Cold War, 1975-1989

« Accidental Armageddons: The Nuclear Crisis and the Culture of the Second Cold War, 1975-1989 »

4-6 november 2010, New York

Conference at the German Historical Institute. Co-sponsored by the New School for Social Research/Eugene Lang College, New York University

Conveners: Eckart Conze (University of Marburg), Martin Klimke (GHI Washington), Jeremy Varon (New School for Social Research, New York City)

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The conference « Accidental Armagedons » seeks to explore the political and cultural discourse on nuclear weapons and atomic energy during the Second Cold War. While welcoming myriad approaches, the conference has several core goals:

  1. To explore diplomatic, political, and strategic debates surrounding nuclear armaments and the doctrines governing their possible use. « Traditional » actors, such as the political, diplomatic, and military elites, certainly shaped these debates, but « anti-establishment » forces such as civil society organizations and activist groups also played an important role within them.
  2. To merge « establishment » perspectives with an analyses of protest cultures by looking at non-state actors, grassroots activists, civil society organizations, and artists.
  3. To transcend the traditional East-West divide of the Cold War by examining both sides of the Iron Curtain, the views and activities of those in « non-aligned » countries, and the cooperation of policy makers, organizations, activists, scientists, and intellectuals across borders.
  4. To understand how « ecological » protests against the civilian use of nuclear energy and activism against nuclear weapons converged in a new, comprehensive anti-nuclear movement. That movement, from diverse vantage points, articulated a new and profound critique of the postwar, industrial, and technological modernity that had emerged after 1945.
  5. To establish how nuclear anxiety and fears of environmental apocalypse facilitated the rise of global consciousness and conceptions of global citizenship.

The conference will place special emphasis on the cultural and trans-/international dimensions of nuclear discourse.

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Compte-rendu du colloque (en anglais) :

Emilia Robin

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

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