History Department
History Department

Conf: Cold War Cultures - four-day event

Thu, September 30, 2010 | University of Texas campus

Cold War Cultures Conference; Keynote by Dr. Greg Grandin
Cold War Cultures Conference; Keynote by Dr. Greg Grandin

"Cold War Cultures: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives" is a four-day conference that will be held at The University of Texas at Austin campus. It is planned as the culmination of a series of events that were held during the fall 2010 semester.

History Department Professors Virginia Garrard-Burnett and Mary C. Neuburger as well as courtsey faculty member, Douglas G. Biow, are part of the principle organizing committee members.

From "Cold War Cultures" website:
If war is the continuation of politics by other means, then Cold War politics can be seen as a continuation of war by other means. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore these means in the context of global encounters between states and "Blocs" as well as engagements with "East" and "West." Indeed, after the end of the Second World War, a new kind of "war" continued and expanded as governments and/or interest groups created and continually reshaped institutions, media, popular culture, and various elements of social and political life...

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ambassador Robert Hutchings (LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin)
    "American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War"
    Thursday, September 30 • 6:00 p.m. • Bass Lecture Hall
  • Greg Grandin (History, New York University)
    "The Three Faces of Containment in the Americas"
    Friday, October 1 • 11:00 a.m. • ACES Auditorium (2.302)
  • John D. Kelly (Anthropology, University of Chicago)
    "When in the Course of Human Events? Situating the Cold War"
    Friday, October 1 • 1:00 p.m. • ACES Auditorium (2.302)
  • Muhsin Jassim Al-Musawi (Arabic Literature, Columbia University)
    "Literature at War: Beirut, Rome, and Baghdad"
    Friday, October 1 • 6:15 p.m. • ACES Auditorium (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 "
    Saturday, October 2 • 1:00 p.m. • Welch 2.122
  • Nicolas Vaicbourdt (Université de Paris 1, Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
    “Atlanticism as a Construction of the Cold War”
    Saturday, October 2 • 6:00 p.m. • Welch 2.122

Conference Schedule (PDF, 406K)

Parking at UT is difficult, but paid public parking is always available. See http://www.utexas.edu/parking/parking/visitor/index.html for the map of available public marking.  Remember that the UT shuttle service is also available. For the Thursday evening keynote and SRH sessions, participants may park in the LBJ Library parking lot off of Red River Street.    

For further information, contact the Center for European Studies at UT, or email coldwarcultures@gmail.com

"Cold War Cultures" website

Major organizing sponsors:
Center for European Studies; Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; South Asia Institute; Center for East Asian Studies; Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies

All events will be free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: UT's interdisciplinary study centers

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