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2011 European Summer School on Cold War History

7-10 September 2011
Padova, Italy

The third annual European Summer School on Cold War History was held 7-10 September in Padova, Italy. Sixteen doctoral and postdoctoral scholars met to present their latest work in the field and debate its ramifications for international history, historiography and the present day.

The informal atmosphere of the school allowed students and faculty to maintain the exchange of ideas outside the conference room. Discussions on various Cold War topics continued in cafés and over dinner. Panels were convened 'Defining the Cold War Battleground', 'Managing Conflict and Cooperation Across Europe', 'The Balkans and Mediterranean', and 'African and Asian Theatres'. The plenary roundtable addressed 'Cold War History Tomorrow: Historiographical Trends in North America, Europe and Asia'.

School faculty included prominent scholars in the field: Arne Westad, Piers Ludlow,  Svetozar Rajak (London School of Economics), Federico Romero (EUI), Oliver Rathkolb (University of Vienna) Leopoldo Nuti (Università Roma 3), Silvio Pons (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Antonio Varsori, Valentine Lomellini,  and David Burigana (Università di Padova).

Student Comments:

  • '[the Summer School] is an excellent idea. All the papers were well chosen and its interesting to learn from other students research. Everything was very well organised… I will highly recommend it to other PhD students."
  • 'The faculty in particular were extremely helpful and friendly. They all seemed genuinely interested in getting to know us in both a professional and personal manner.'
  • '[I]t was a great experience and the comments were very useful and stimulating.'

The Cold War Summer School is an annual event. Doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars (within three years of submission) are encouraged to apply for 2012. Exceptional research masters students may be considered. The call for papers will be available in January 2012.