4th Annual European Summer School on Cold War History

4th Annual European Summer School on Cold War History

5-8 September 2012, Università di Trento

Deadline: 29 April 2012


Università di Trento, LSE IDEAS-Cold War Studies Programme, Università di Padova and the European University Institute are jointly convening the Fourth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 5-8 September 2012.

The Summer School is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers. It consist of workshops and panel sessions focused on submitted research papers, debates on historiography, broad interpretative issues and new research directions. The school offers an informal atmosphere in which new ideas and research directions can be shared and debated, be it in panel sessions, or over morning coffee or dinner.

The school has a very high student to faculty ratio (2:1) allowing participants to have in depth discussions about their research with established scholars in the field. PhD students and early career researchers (no more than 3 years from PhD completion) are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that make use of newly available primary sources and innovative methodologies. The call for papers closes 29 April. For information on how to apply please visit the school website.


Wes Ullrich
LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme
London School of Economics
London, UK
Email: ideas.coldwar@lse.ac.uk
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Société impériale et guerre froide

La notion de «société impériale» aide-t-elle à repenser l’histoire du second XXe siècle européen?


5 décembre 2011, 17h00-19h00


Intervention de Christophe Charle (Paris 1-IHMC).

Dans le cadre du séminaire mensuel «La grande guerre comme rupture? Mise à l’épreuve d’un lieu commun historiographique (1850-1950)», organisé Séminaire mensuel organisé par François Buton (CNRS / CEPEL), Nicolas Mariot (CNRS / CURAPP), André Loez (professeur d’histoire), Philippe Olivera (professeur d’histoire).

Lieu : Salle F, bat F, ENS campus Jourdan, 48 bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris (RER B Cité U ou métro ligne 4, Porte d’Orléans).

Contact: andre.loez@yahoo.fr

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Séance 1 : «Conflits et conflictualités en guerre froide»

Le séminaire «Autour du système de guerre froide» reprend ses travaux. Première séance :


Lundi 10 octobre 2011, 16h00-18h00

Maison de la Recherche de Paris IV

28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris

Salle D223, 2e étage


Intervenants :

  • Jenny Raflik (université de Cergy Pontoise) et Émilia Robin Hivert (Association Georges Pompidou) : introduction et présentation
  • Noël Bonhomme (université Paris-Sorbonne) :  L’école d’été de Padoue sur la guerre froide

Lancé à l’automne 2010 dans le cadre de l’UMR IRICE, le séminaire est animé conjointement par Jenny Raflik (maître de conférences à l’université de Cergy; j.raflik@free.fr) et Émilia Robin Hivert (association Georges Pompidou; emilia.robin@free.fr). Il s’efforce de mettre en valeur les recherches qui permettent de repenser l’époque de la guerre froide. Il s’appuie également sur ce carnet de recherches en ligne, qui propose notamment des compte-rendus des séances.

 Le programme de l’année 2010-2011 portait sur les identités (qu’est-ce qu’être en guerre froide). Celui de l’année 2011-2012 traite des conflictualités : les conflits en guerre froide sont-ils des conflits de guerre froide ? La guerre froide conditionne-t-elle l’ensemble des phénomènes des années 1947-1989, ou bien certains espaces échappent-ils à sa logique ?

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N’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous souhaitez être tenu au courant de nos activités, transmettre des annonces, etc.


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Case studies of the Cold War: a course for teachers and lecturers

Case Studies of the Cold War: A Course for Teachers and Lecturers in Europe

18-22 April 2012, Utrecht

Deadline : 15 October 2011


The University of Utrecht, in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Library and the Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security, and with support of Euroclio, will pilot an intensive five-day course for secondary school teachers, PhD Students and (junior) university lecturers in the spring of 2012. The course will take place from 18-22 April 2012, at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. During this course, the Truman Library and the Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security will disclose new archival material from both sides of the Iron Curtain to the participants. The participants will use this material to create their own lesson plans.

The event will take place under the auspices of the Department of History and Art History at the University of Utrecht. The course will build on similar such seminars organized by the Harry S. Truman Library for American teachers in the past and will explore how to continue the program in the future for European teachers. The range of the course will nevertheless be extended, since (junior) university lecturers and PhD students will also be invited to attend. Presenters will examine the origins of the Cold War, explore its unique features, and discuss its enduring legacy. Teachers will have the opportunity to hear outstanding international scholars from around the world and discuss the latest research on the topic. Educators will also be expected to create lesson plans and teaching materials based on the presentations.

A unique feature of the course will be the international interaction between the scholars and the teachers. The scholars and teachers will be given the opportunity to work together to consider the best way to apply the latest historical research in the classroom or in seminars. Sessions will allow the scholars and teachers to engage in discussion and to build strategies for teaching use.

Teachers will have access to numerous primary sources from the Truman Library online archives and the PHP online collections during the course. They will be encouraged to share their ideas and create lesson plans during the course. Additional resources from European archives will be made available during the week to encourage teachers to share their views and interpretations of the documents.

Program and details: CaseStudiesoftheColdWar (PDF)


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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


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La guerre froide vue par les manuels scolaires

MORAND, Brigitte, Cinquante ans de guerre froide vue par les manuels scolaires français, Paris, L’Harmattan, mai 2011, 298 p.


Présentation : «Les manuels d’histoire présentent aujourd’hui la chute de l’URSS comme l’aboutissement inéluctable d’une expérience vouée à l’échec. C’est oublier le temps où ils considéraient l’URSS comme une grande puissance dont personne ne pouvait imaginer la fin. Il en va de même pour la guerre froide : qui aurait pu, malgré les premiers doutes de la décennie 1970, en prévoir le dénouement ? Comment les manuels scolaires ont-ils raconté cette histoire aux élèves ? Quelle y est la place de la France et de l’Europe ?»

Brigitte Morand est intervenue dans le séminaire «Autour du système de guerre froide» en février 2011, lors d’une séance intitulée «Dire la guerre froide».

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Writing Post-1970 History

Writing Post-1970 History: Conceptualizing the Late Twentieth Century in German and American Historiography


23-25 June 2011

The economic crisis and global reorganization of the 1970s triggered major structural changes in every modern society, including Germany and the United States. Contemporary observers saw the decade as marking a major break in modern history. Historians and their historically-grounded peers in the social sciences have been searching since for analytical language and narratives adequate to understanding the new character of modern societies after the post-war boom. Though the historical trends were deeply intertwined, however, the central conceptual frames that emerged in German and American historiography are in many ways significantly different. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together German and American historians of the recent past in an exchange over the conceptual, analytical, and narrative frames for post-1970 history. Its aim is to encourage a discussion between intellectual communities that, in analyzing the most recent period in the history of modern industrial nations, have often been conceptually distant from one another.

The workshop will focus on the last third of the 20th century as a period in which understandings of modern society were substantially reconfigured. It will consider and compare crisis points and periodization, including the category of a “post-1970” historical period itself, and it will focus on central trends in both national historiographies, comparing their starting points and conceptions, their overlap and their divergences. German and American historical treatments of the epoch after the post-war boom proceed from many common starting points. Both historiographies stress the wide-reaching changes in the post-1970 global economy and a “return of the market” to national politics. Both stress categories such as crisis, uncertainty, and security. Diagnoses of increasing social pluralization and individualization join both historiographies. Both tend to universalize social trends, seeing the reconfigurations of the post-1970 period as harbingers of a new “post-industrial” or “post-modern” social formation.

Yet there are also striking differences. In the American case, social pluralization plays a leading role in post-1970 history in emphasizing the history of social minorities, the growth of a multicultural society, and the break-down of political and moral consensus. In the German case, concepts of social structure, and social-theoretical categories in general, play a much stronger role. Both historiographies are strongly marked, but in different ways, by developments in the present. In Germany the ongoing debate over the future of the Sozialstaat stands at the center of present-oriented historiography. To some extent, the same is true in the U.S. case through the story of the rise of the political right and neoconservatism. While emphasis on growing social and political polarization, leading to the so-called “culture wars,” forms a central thread in contemporary U.S. historiography, patterned as a history of conflict, this model is largely absent in contemporary German historiography. It is this mix of common and divergent threads that the workshop aims to explore. The proceedings are expected to be published in a collected volume of essays on conceptualizing post-1970 history in Germany and the U.S.

Thursday, June 23


14:00-15:00 – Welcome reception and introduction

15:00-19:00 – Panel 1: The Impact of the Global on Post-1970s Society and History

  • David Engerman (Brandeis University): The Parochialism of Global Power: American Historians and American Globalism from Bemis to Bender
  • Ariane Leendertz (LMU München): Discovering Social “Complexity” in the 1970s and 1980s
  • James Sparrow (University of Chicago): Against the State: The New Left, the New Right, and the Problem of Legitimate Government Power in the Late Cold War


Friday, June 24


9:15-13:00 – Panel 2: Values in Transition

  • Sarah Igo (Vanderbilt University): Postmodern Privacy: Information, Identity and Intimacy in a Post-Watergate, Post-Database Age
  • Uwe Schimank (Universität Bremen): Excessive and Endangered Individualism: German and American Views in Comparison
  • Christopher Neumaier (Universität Mainz): Value Change: A New Paradigm of Social Sciences beyond Differentiation and Individualization?

14:30-19:00 –

  • Bethany Moreton (University of Georgia): Family Values and Market Values, or What is Milton Friedman Doing in Bed with Jerry Falwell?
  • Andreas Wirsching (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München): Gender, Work, and the De-Standardization of the Life Course, ca.  1970-2000


Panel 3: After the Boom: Economies and Crises

  • Wencke Meteling (Universität Marburg): The Debate about the German Economy, 1980s to the Present
  • Ralph Jessen (Universität Köln): From Success to Failure? How Solutions from the Post-War Era Became Obstacles of the Post-Boom Era. Comparative Considerations about West- and East-Germany after 1970
  • Alice O’Connor (University of California Santa Barbara): Narrating the ‘Great Recession’: Economic Crisis and the Politics of Late 20th-Century Economic Reform


Saturday, June 25


9:15-13:00 – Panel 4: Modernity and Social Theory

  • Howard Brick (University of Michigan): From Modernization to World/Global Analysis
  • Martin Geyer (LMU München): Security, Risks, and Narratives of Modernity in Germany since the 1970s
  • Daniel Rodgers (Princeton University): Post-1970 Wrap Up and discussion

Contact: Dr. Ariane Leendertz, Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Schellingstr. 3/VG, 80799 München (a.leendertz@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)

Organizers: Prof. Daniel T. Rodgers, Princeton University; Dr. Ariane Leendertz, LMU München; German Historical Institute (GHI), Washington, D.C.; Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), LMU München

Venue: München, Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), Seestr. 13, 80802 München

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Séance 9 : bilan du séminaire

La dernière séance du séminaire «Autour du système de guerre froide» aura lieu le mercredi 15 juin 2011 de 15h00 à 17h00. Elle sera consacrée à un bilan de notre réflexion d’un an sur les identités en guerre froide. Jenny Raflik et Émilia Robin Hivert proposeront un essai de synthèse, qui ouvrira un large débat entre tous les participants.

Lieu : Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris, salle D117.

Renseignements : Émilia Robin Hivert (emilia.robin@free.fr)

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Marxisme et sciences humaines en URSS

«Le marxisme académique et les origines des sciences humaines soviétiques»

Lundi 23 mai 2011, 11h00-13h00


Aleksandr Dmitriev (École supérieure d’économie, Moscou), invité par le CERCEC à l’EHESS, donnera quatre conférences à l’EHESS au mois de mai 2011 sur le thème «La construction d’une science nationale/soviétique à la fin de l’empire russe et en URSS : idées, institutions, pratiques». La quatrième conférence s’intitule «Le marxisme académique et les origines des sciences humaines
soviétiques (de la NEP au Dégel)».

Lieu : EHESS, boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, salle 6.

Contact : Wladimir.Berelowitch@ehess.fr

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Writing Soviet history in today’s Russia

“Writing Soviet history in today’s Russia : archives and publications”

28 avril 2011, 13h00-15h00


Conférence d’Oleg Khlevniouk, sur les archives et la nouvelle histoire de l’URSS, suivie d’un débat. Séminaire ouvert notamment aux doctorants et aux étudiants de master qui veulent poursuivre des recherches sur l’histoire de l’URSS.

Lieu : salle F604, bibliothèque du CRHS (Centre de recherche sur l’histoire des Slaves, entrée place de la Sorbonne, galerie J.-B. Dumas, esc. L.

Contact : Sabine Dullin (Sabine.Dullin@univ-paris1.fr)

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