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European Summer School on Cold War History

A unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy.

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.

Student, 2011

The European Summer School is a joint initiative between European institutions studying the Cold War, convened each year in early September. 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.

The 10th edition Summer School will be hosted online between 1 and 3 September 2021 by the Global Cold War Research Group at Utrecht University.

The Summer School is an excellent opportunity for PhD candidates and early career researchers to present papers, get to know one another, and discuss their work with peers and experts in the field. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the (Global) Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that draw on newly available primary sources, employ non-traditional methodologies, and highlight perspectives of previously understudied actors from (Eastern) Europe, the Soviet Union, and the Global South. Researchers that focus on race, gender, transnational networks, reconciliation, the politics of memory, the environment, development, and ideas are actively encouraged to apply. Click here link for a detailed description of the requirements.

Summer Schools

  • 10th Summer School, 2021: Global Cold War Research Group at Utrecht University, Online
  • 9th Summer School, 2017: SciencesPo, Reims Campus, France
  • 8th Summer School, 2016: University of Vienna, Austria
  • 7th Summer School, 2015: Rome, Italy
  • 6th Summer School, 2014: Università di Trento, Italy
  • 5th Summer School, 2013: Università di Trento, Italy
  • 4th Summer School, 2012: Università di Trento, Italy
  • 3rd Summer School, 2011: Universita di Padova, Italy
  • 2nd Summer School, 2010: Universita di Bologna (Flori), Italy.
  • 1st Summer School, 2009: Villa Morghen, Settignano, Italy


The number of partners collaborating on the European Summer School on Cold War History has expanded since the first summer school. The current partners are:

  • Sciences Po, Paris
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield
  • Yale University
  • Università Roma Tre
  • University of Amsterdam
  • European University Institute, Florence
  • University of Trento
  • University of Vienna
  • Charles University, Prague
  • Stockholm University
  • SOAS
  • Leiden University
  • Cardiff University


Participating faculty include:

  • Roham Alvandi (LSE)
  • Anne Deighton (University of Oxford)
  • Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po, Paris)
  • Ruud van Dijk (UVA)
  • Tanya Harmer (LSE)
  • Emma Hunter (University of Edinburgh)
  • Alessandro Iandolo (University of Oxford)
  • Eirini Karamouzi (University of Sheffield)
  • Jan Koura (Charles University, Prague)
  • Piers Ludlow (LSE)
  • Aryo Makko (Stockholm University)
  • Leopoldo Nuti (Università Roma Tre)
  • Sue Onslow (SAS)
  • Sergey Radchenko (Cardiff University)
  • Svetozar Rajak (LSE)
  • Oliver Rathkolb (University of Vienna)
  • Angela Romano (University of Glasgow)
  • Federico Romero (EUI)
  • Giles Scott-Smith (Leiden University)
  • Odd Arne Westad (Yale University)
  • Vladislav Zubok (LSE)



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