Publishing in Hot and Cold Wars 1939-1989

« Publishing in Hot and Cold Wars 1939-1989»


14-15 avril 2011

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This conference is concerned with the distinctive ways in which the communication of ideas, news, and entertainment was conducted nationally and internationally during the Second World War and the subsequent Cold War. Our main focus will be on print production, but we will also want to provide a context for this in terms of broadcast materials, and documentary and feature films. We are interested in propaganda, in censorship, in the sustaining of morale at home, and in the projection of ideologies abroad. Relationships between government, government agencies, actually or apparently independent institutions, and publishers and writers, will also of interest.

This is an international conference, but one of its strands will concern Britain’s Ministry of Information (George Orwell’s “Minitrue”), which operated during the Second World War from London University’s Senate House, in which the conference will be held. There will be a talk on the history of Senate House and a conducted tour of the building as part of the programme.

This conference will not be a wholly conventional one. In part it should be regarded as a meeting to plan a major book and, possibly, a subsequent research project. This means that we are having no parallel sessions – everyone will get to hear and discuss everything – and that all participants are of equal status. This will include all those who attend but who do not deliver papers, as we want as wide an input into the discussions as we can get. Given the constraint of the rooms in which the conference will be held, numbers will be strictly limited so early application is recommended.

Tea and coffee will be provided, and there will be a reception on Thursday evening.

Registration fees:

  • £45 standard
  • £35 speakers/IES members/students

Registration form: see on the website of the conference (


10.00am – Coffee and registration

10.30am – Welcome and introduction: Simon Eliot and Ian Willison (Institute of English Studies)

11.00-12.30 – First Panel

  • John Hench: ‘How American Book and Magazine Publishers Wooed Washington, the GIs, and the World in World War II’
  • Giorgio Bacci: ‘Publishing under Fascism in Italy : the Firm of Salani and its Illustrations in the 1930s and 1940s’
  • Ellen D. Gilbert: ‘American Library Association’s response to the concerns and exigencies of World War II’

12.30-13.30 – Lunch

13.30-15.00 Second Panel

  • Amy Flanders: ‘Macmillan War Pamphlets and the MoI’
  • Iain Stevenson: ‘Puffin Books during the War’
  • Dawn Nell: ‘Serving Abroad: Oxford University Press Overseas Branches during World War II’

15.00-15.30 Tea

15.40-17.30 Third Panel

  • Angus Wrenn, Olga Sobolev: ‘Questioning the Future of Civilisation’
  • Eva Nieto McAvoy: ‘Publishing the Spanish Civil War in Britain: the case of Arturo Barea, 1939-1957’
  • Sara Mori: ‘Propaganda Broadsides during the Allied Advance in Italy 1943-45’
  • Valerie Holman: ‘Knight, Poet, Anarchist: Herbert Read and British Publishing, 1939-58’

17.30-18.30 – Tour of Senate House


09.00-10.30 – Fourth Panel

  • Martine Poulain: ‘The Looting of French Libraries by the Nazi Occupation Forces’
  • Charles Chadwyck-Healey: ‘The Literature of the Liberation’
  • Phil Baker: ‘Ayesha: Pulp Fiction, the Foreign Office, and Dennis Wheatley’s Cold War’

10.30-11.00 – Coffee

11.30-13.00 – Fifth Panel

  • Matthew Grant: ‘Propaganda, Public Opinion and Nuclear War in Early Cold War Britain’
  • Leo Jansens: ‘What We Should Know about Their Life? Propaganda-Based Clichés of the West Exploited in Latvian Language Sociopolitical Journals during Last Years of Stalin Era’
  • Beata Jurkowicz: ‘Censorship in the Polish People’s Republic 1946-1971’

13.00-17.00 – Lunch

14.00-15.30 – Sixth Panel

  • Vladimir Dobrenko: ‘Recycling Propaganda: Writing, Staging and Filming Soviet Cold War, 1946-1953’
  • Simon Huxtable: ‘ “What do our readers want?” Soviet journalism between populism and propaganda, 1953-1968’
  • Jirina Smejkalova: ‘The Cold War Books Trouble or How to Tell their Story after the Censor Had Gone’

15.30-16.00 – Tea

16.00-18.00 – Seventh Panel

  • Mark Bartlett: ‘Anytime, Anywhere: Media Transformations During the Cold War’
  • Martin D. Brown: ‘Imagining World War III: Techno-thrillers, Détente and the military balance during the Second Cold War’
  • Patrick Major: ‘Through the Looking Glass: The GDR Spy Thriller’
  • John Rodden: ‘ Animal Farm and the Cold War on Three Continents’

Concluding discussion

The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors.  If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place.

Enquiries: Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email

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Emilia Robin

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

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