[H-verkko] CFP: Reminder: ALEKSANTERI CONFERENCE 2009: =?UNKNOWN?Q?=93COLD?= WAR INTERACTIONS =?UNKNOWN?Q?RECONSIDERED=94=2C?= University of Helsinki, Finland, =?UNKNOWN?Q?29=9731?= October 2009

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on tullut seuraava ilmoitus:

RECONSIDERED”, University of Helsinki, Finland, 29—31 October 2009


Deadline for paper and panel proposals March 15, 2009

The 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall provides us
with an ideal opportunity to look back at the Cold War era and
reassess it from a modern day perspective. Two decades after the Cold
War was said to have ended, the concept of a Cold War has once again
reappeared in the rhetoric of world politics. Therefore, one cannot
argue that the Cold War was merely a process of the past with minor
relevance to the present.

The 9th Aleksanteri Conference “Cold War Interactions Reconsidered”,
will be hosted by the Aleksanteri Institute and will take place at
the University of Helsinki on 29—31 October, 2009.

Aims of the Conference

Traditional research on the Cold War has focused on conflicts and
rivalries, highlighting state agents and diplomatic history. The 9th
Aleksanteri Conference aims to challenge traditional analyses by
looking at new ways to view and conceptualise the international and
transnational histories of the Cold War era. The conference intends
to place particular emphasis on Europe and the former Socialist
countries, as well as smaller states, non-state actors and multilevel
approaches. Leaving East-West bipolarity and superpower confrontations
to one side, the conference will focus on interactions that took place
despite the existence of the Iron Curtain. Along with great powers,
individuals and their various interactions have helped form the
course of history.

The conference wishes to promote critical self-evaluation and a
theoretical discussion on disciplines that are not so obviously
connected with traditional Cold War studies. We encourage scholars to
evaluate the current state of the area studies and to discuss how the
Cold War influenced and perhaps still influences our thinking,
identities, communication and culture. The conference will also
encourage discussion on the manifold ways of coming to terms with the

The conference will emphasise a multidisciplinary approach, in the
belief that it will greatly enrich the discussion and bring forth new
interpretations. Besides historians, we hope to gather a broad array
of scholars from the social and political sciences, cultural studies,
the arts and humanities, law and economics. The conference will cover
the whole of the Cold War period and the post-Cold War period up to
the present day.

Themes of the conference:

• Interactions across Boundaries. Cultural, economic and political
exchanges, contacts and cooperation; know-how and technology
• Behind the Scenes and Beyond the State. Individuals and networks,
non-governmental and non-state agents.
• The Cold War’s Effects. The impact of the Cold War and
transnational interactions on ideology, culture, civil society;
communication and identity, everyday life and
consumption; and perceptions of the “other”.
• The Cold War and the Present. Politics of the past;
Vergangenheitsbewältigung, (n)ostalgia.
• Reconsidering the Cold War. Critical reconceptualisation and
periodisation; new approaches, theories and methodologies. The Cold
War as a resource and/or a limitation.

Keynote speakers:

Nadia Arbatova, Institute of World Economy and International
Relations, Russia
Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Serguei Oushakine, Princeton University, USA
Yale Richmond, USA
Jadwiga Staniszkis, University of Warsaw, Poland
Jeremi Suri, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Conference Schedule and Deadlines:

Proposals for panels (approx. 500 words): March 15, 2009
Abstracts for individual papers (approx. 300 words): March 15, 2009
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2009
Conference: October 29—31, 2009

Please submit all the above information through the forms on the
conference website:
In addition, you will find further practical information on
submissions, travel and
accommodation on the website.

For further assistance, please contact the Conference Coordinator,
Riikka Nisonen-Trnka,
or the Conference Secretary, Eeva Korteniemi, at:
fcree-aleksconf at helsinki.fi or visit the conference homepage at:

The Aleksanteri Conference is an annual, multidisciplinary,
international conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute,
Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, affiliated
with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have
attracted broad interest among researchers and policy-makers in a
wide variety of disciplines, both in Finland and abroad, interested
in the development of post-socialist countries.

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Riikka Nisonen-Trnka
<fcree-aleksconf at helsinki.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 20.03.2009
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