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Luc-André Brunet explains on CNN why we are not in the midst of a new Cold WarOn the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev has warned that the world is in the midst of a new Cold War. In an interview with CNN, Luc-André Brunet, Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS, argues that while relations between the West and Russia are at a new low, "the Cold War was much more than bad relations between Russia and the West".
Call for Papers: LSE-GWU-UCSB Graduate Conference on the Cold WarLSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science (CWSP), the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), and the Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara are pleased to announce their 2015 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, to take place at the London School of Economics from 30 April – 2 May 2015. We encourage submissions by graduate students working on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic CV (in Word or pdf format) to Luc-André Brunet at email@example.com by 24 January 2015. Notification of acceptance will occur by 16 February. Successful applicants will be expected to e-mail their papers (no longer than 25 pages) by 17 March.
Dr Luc-André Brunet appointed Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEASDr Luc-André Brunet has been appointed the new Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow in Contemporary International History at LSE IDEAS for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Fellowship is awarded to a successful post-viva PhD student who has worked on a topic related Cold War history, broadly conceived, and is aimed at supporting post-doctoral candidates prepare their thesis for publication.
New LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International HistoryThe Cold War Studies Programme, in cooperation with the LSE Department of International History and the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, has launched a new joint seminar on contemporary international history.
Call for Papers: Spring History Symposium, University of Hong KongThe University of Hong Kong, Department of History, is pleased to announce its sixth Spring History Symposium. This symposium is being organised as an opportunity for research postgraduate students working on historical topics in all Hong Kong universities and universities abroad to share their ideas and learn from fellow postgraduates. Most presentations will be arranged in panels of three papers and each paper will be a maximum of twenty minutes in length, followed by a brief question and answer period. The symposium will be conducted in English. Proposals must be submitted by 31 March 2014. The Symposium will be held on 8 May 2014.
The End of the Cold War – 25 Years On: A New Cold War History Special Subject CollectionTo mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War, the journal Cold War History has issued a Special Subject Collection gathering the best articles published in the journal on the topic, with a new introduction by IDEAS Founding Co-Director Professor Michael Cox. The entire Collection can be read online here.
Call for Papers: European Summer School on Cold War HistoryUniversità di Trento, LSE IDEAS-Cold War Studies Programme, European University Institute, Università Roma Tre, Universität Wien, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM), Sciences Po, and the University of East Anglia are jointly convening the Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 4-6 September 2014.
Registration now open for "Inviting Europe to Reform China?"This conference will take place at Cambridge on 13 December and will include a keynote speech by Director of LSE IDEAS, Professor Arne Westad, and an evening speech by Sir Christopher Hum, former UK Ambassador to China. You can register for the conference here.
"The Cold War and John F. Kennedy" - New Cold War History Special Subject CollectionTo mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of President John F. Kennedy, the journal Cold War History has released a Special Subject Collection, bringing together the most important articles on JFK that have appeared in the journal. Cold War History has also released Special Subject Collections on China, Germany, and Latin America. All the collections can be accessed here.
Call for Papers: "Latin America and Europe during the Cold War"We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a symposium on "Latin America and Europe during the Cold War" due to take place next year at AHILA's conference in Berlin, 9-13 September 2014. This symposium will examine the relations between Latin America, the Soviet bloc and Western Europe during the Cold War. This symposium will place special emphasis on papers that draw on newly available documents and research that shed light on the history of ideas, the people who travelled between these regions, the type of communication they established and the mutual influences that developed between Europe and Latin America. Those interested in taking part in this symposium should send a 1 page proposal and a brief academic CV to the coordinators of the symposium: Dr Tanya Harmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Fernando Purcell (email@example.com) by 1 December 2013.
Call for Papers: LSE-UCSB-GWU International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold WarThe Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS, the Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW) are pleased to announce their 2014 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, to take place at the University of California at Santa Barbara on April 10-12, 2014. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic c.v. (in Word or pdf format) to Salim Yaqub at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 24, 2014. Notification of acceptance will occur by February 17. Successful applicants will be expected to email their papers (no longer than 25 pages) by March 17.
Call for Papers: The Cold War on Film: Then and NowAn international conference on ‘The Cold War on Film: Then and Now’ will be held at the German Historical Institute in Moscow, Russia, on 19-20 September 2014. The conference is supported by the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and the German Historical Institute in Moscow. Proposals of 500 words, together with a brief CV, should be sent to CWSP Associate Professor Tony Shaw at email@example.com by 31 December 2013.
New Book Released by LSE IDEAS Associates: Southern Africa in the Cold War, post-1974CWIHP is pleased to announce publication of the first-ever Critical Oral History on Southern Africa in the Cold War era. Drawing together leading former antagonists from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, the former Soviet Union and with representation from Cuba, this volume combines moderated discussion from contemporary actors, combined with academic analysis and new key multi-archival documents. The volume is an important contribution to study of the complexity of the Cold War in the region's liberation struggles versus white minority resistance. This volume is co-edited by LSE IDEAS Associates Sue Onslow and Anna-Mart van Wyk.
Call for Papers: 2014 Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for panels and individual papers at its 2014 Annual Conference, to be held June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky. Proposals must be submitted via the on-line interface by December 1, 2013 in order to be considered. The 2014 SHAFR Program Committee is co-chaired by LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme Associates Andrew Preston and Sarah B. Snyder.
Anti-Communism: Culture, Literature, Propaganda28 August 2013 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London Some two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, this symposium will explore the complex literary and cultural legacies of one of the twentieth century's most influential and under-theorised political philosophies. Anti-communism had a shaping influence on the development of twentieth-century Western liberalism and social democracy as well as providing intellectual justifications for McCarthyism and the jingoism of the Cold War Right. It was a key element of Nazism, but also of twentieth-century anarchism. Its relation to literary and artistic culture was equally complicated.