College of Liberal Arts

Cold War Cultures Conference: Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Saturday Oct 2, 2010

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.

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

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)

•  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
•   Plus 14 other campus departments, programs, and centers; see the website for information on our sponsors.

Visit this website for more information.

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