Department of Germanic Studies


Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Sat, October 2, 2010 | The University of Texas at Austin, varied locations (see website)

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Cold War Culture
Cold War Culture

Cold War Cultures: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives is a four-day conference, hosted collaboratively by 20 academic and research units at the University of Texas at Austin.  Almost 300 speakers from around the world offer approximately 90 panels, 6 international keynote speakers,  and other featured speakers and events that take stock of the Cold War and its 65-year-legacies around the globe.

This conference addresses not only Cold War politics, especially the familiar rhetoric of threat and mutually assured annihilation and the redrawn maps of global power, but also a wide range of cultural and social phenomena, as power and political conflicts resonated in hearts and minds.  Not just nation-states, but also cultures, were reshaped by Cold War power conflicts in a host of geographic contexts.   From iconic public representations (the "daisy girl" commercial associating politics with nuclear annihilation) to distinctive media advertising, memorable political speeches, world expositions, spy novels and films, new forms of social and political life, and a plethora of official and popular events that transformed nations and individuals.

Whether enthusiast, student or scholar, conference attendees will find topics of interest to every taste, from presidents to comic superheroes, diplomats through spies, and refrigerators to world fairs.  Be the guest of UTs academic community, and help us engage in a reconsideration of this half-century of political change and transformed global cultures.

REGISTRATION:  This conference is free and open to the public, there are no fees or registration.

PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  The most recent program, containing the complete list of speeches, speakers, and venues, is downloadable in printer-friendly form downloadable from the website.   On Thursday, 30 September, printed programs, campus maps, and other information will be available at the Bass Lecture Hall outside the keynote speech;  on Friday and Saturday, they will be available at the office of the Center for European Studies (Mezes 3.126, 512-232-3470).    Conference speakers and moderators should pick up their badges at these sites.  See below for other location information.


Ambassador Robert Hutchings (LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin)

"American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War"
6:00PM, Thursday, 30 September 2010, Bass Lecture Hall (LBJ School)

Greg Grandin (History, New York University)

"The Three Faces of Containment in the Americas"
11:00 AM, Friday, 1 October 2010, ACES 2.302

John D. Kelly (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

"When in the Course of Human Events? Situating the Cold War"
1:00 PM, Friday, 1 October 2010, ACES 2.302

Muhsin Jassim Al-Musawi (Arabic Literature, Columbia University)

"Literature at War: Beirut, Rome, and Baghdad"
6:00 PM, Friday, 1 October 2010, ACES 2.302

Kate Brown (History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

"Big Brother®--Made in America: How Soviet Agents Stole American Secrets to Create the Nuclear Security State "
1:00 PM, Saturday, 2 October 2010, Welch 2.122

Nicolas Vaicbourdt (Université de Paris 1, Sorbonne)

"Atlanticism as a Construction of the Cold War"
6:00 PM, Saturday, 2 October 2010, Welch 2.122

Plus featured speakers in Asian Studies (Kim Brandt) and Germanic Studies (Janet Swaffar)


Parking at UT is difficult, but paid public parking is always available. See for the map of available public parking. Remember that the UT shuttle service is also available.        

Sessions will be held in various buildings, most clustered around the UT Tower in various directions. Campus maps are available at Batts (BAT), Mezes (MEZ), Parlin (PAR), Welch (WEL), and Will C. Hogg (WCH) are on the Tower Area map (#2), south and east of the Tower. Burdine (BUR) is in the sector north of the Tower (#1). Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building (ACES) is east of the Tower (#5), across Speedway from Welch. The University Teaching Center (UTC) is south of the Tower (#3). Sid Richardson Hall (SRH), is on the eastern boundary of the main campus (map #7). The Bass Lecture Hall is in the LBJ Library/LBJ School of Public Affairs cluster. For the Thursday evening keynote and SRH sessions, participants may park in the LBJ Library parking lot off of Red River Street.



  • The Center for European Studies
  • The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
  • The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • The South Asia Institute
  • The Center for East Asian Studies
  • The Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Plus 14 other campus departments, programs, and centers; see the website for information on our sponsors.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, contact the Center for European Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, or email

Sponsored by: (see website

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