Postcolonial Representations of the Iron Curtain

“The Global Cold War: Postcolonial Representations of the Iron Curtain”

31 mars-1er avril 2011, Vancouver

Date limite : 12 novembre 2010

The past five years have seen the publication of scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences that begins to adumbrate a new, more complex view of the Cold War. Historians and political scientists (Odd Arne Westad, Piero Gleijeses, Gary Baines, Pater Vale) are starting to go beyond the traditional view of a bipolar conflict in which only the heavyweights count (the USA and the USSR). Instead, the image of a global Cold War is emerging. In this conflict postcolonial nations played an essential role and their literatures and cultures recorded the ideological divisions created by the Iron Curtain.

This panel invites papers on postcolonial literary and film representations of the Cold War. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The Bandung conference and the Non-Aligned nations
  • Tricontinental alliances
  • Diasporas from the postcolonies to the Eastern Bloc and the Western metropolitan centers
  • Communism in India
  • Cuba and the idea of revolution
  • The war in Angola reflected in Southern African literatures
  • From Indochina to the Vietnam War

Papers have to be submitted through the ACLA website ( but e-mail confirmations ( are encouraged.

Seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association conference, March 31-April 1, 2011, Vancouver. Organizer: Monica Popescu, McGill University.

Emilia Robin

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

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