Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Cold War Cultures: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives

Sat, October 2, 2010 | The University of Texas at Austin

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.

Schedule of Events

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

Sponsored by: Center for European Studies; Center for Middle Eastern Studies; France-UT Institute; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; South Asia Institute/Center for East Asian Studies

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