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26
Nov.
2015

Cold Warriors. The Cultural Avant-garde of the bipolar Struggle

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Dates


26 Nov.   |   27 Nov.

Overview


Affiche de l'événementFor most of the second part of the twentieth century, geopolitical issues remained at the center of the historiographical debate on the Cold War. Culture and ideology, however, have gained more and more attention in recent historiography. New emphasis has been placed on the role of ideas and language, as well as on the agency of specific individual and collective actors. In this perspective, the concept of the Cold Warrior appears crucial.
Generally used to refer to governments’ officials who were directly involved in the policymaking process, the notion expands here to encompass all those thinkers actively engaged in the definition of the nature of the bipolar struggle and the means necessary to wage it. At the same time products and agents of decades of divisive experiences of politics, they built antithetical, antagonistic, and more or less belligerent Weltanschauungen, often acting as cultural avant-garde of the West-East confrontation. Their role was twofold: on the one hand, they had to define a common image of the enemy; on the other, they had to construct their own side’s self-representation and self-legitimation.

Manager(s)


Organizing Committee : Bruno Settis, Gaetano Di Tommaso

Scientific Committee : Jenny Andersson (CEE, Sciences Po), Frédéric Attal (Université de Valenciennes), Michele Battini (University of Pisa), Mario Del Pero (CHSP, Sciences Po), Anders Stephanson (LSE-Columbia University)

Contributor(s)


Opening Remarks:

MARC LAZAR (CHSP, Sciences Po)

Panel 1: PERSONAL PATHS

MARIO DEL PERO (CHSP), Discussant
DANIEL STEINMETZ-JENKINS (Columbia University, US)
LORENA DE VITA (Aberystwyth University, UK)
BERNARD LUDWIG (UMR SIRICE, FRANCE)

Panel 2: TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS

CAROLINE MOINE (Université St-Quentin-en -Yvelines, F.), Discussant
DESPINA LALAKI (City University of New York, US)
SIMON OTTERSBACH (Justus Liebig University Giessen, GERMANY)
FLORIN POENARU (Journalist/Independent researcher, ROMANIA)

Panel 3: EXPERTISE AND GOVERNMENT IN EASTERN EU

SABINE DULLIN (CHSP, Sciences Po), Discussant
ANDREA BORELLI (University of Florence, ITALY)
SLAVOMIRA FERENCUHOVÁ (Masaryk University, CZECH REPUBLIC)
EGLE RINDZEVICIUTE (Kingston University, UK)

Panel 4: THE EUROPEAN LEFT: BEYOND THE COLD WAR?

MICHELE DI DONATO (CHSP, Sciences Po), Discussant
ANDREAS HELLENES (CHSP/University of Oslo, NORWAY)
CARL MARKLUND (Södertörn University, SWEDEN)
ANTHONY CRÉZÉGUT (CHSP, Sciences Po)
CLAUDIA CASTIGLIONI (University of Florence, ITALY)

Closing Remarks:
MARIO DEL PERO (CHSP, Sciences Po)

Keynote Speaker : Giles SCOTT-SMITH (University of Leiden)

File(s) for download

PROGRAMME.pdf