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Call for paper – The Smaller European Powers and China in the Cold War, 1949-1989

By Flavia Gasbarri | gennaio 20, 2016

Call for Papers

The Smaller European Powers and China in the Cold War, 1949-1989

18-19 November 2016, University of Lausanne

Organizers: Sandra Bott, Claude Hauser, Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, Marco Wyss

Institute of Political, Historical and International Studies | History Department, University of Lausanne Department of History and Politics, University of Chichester | Department of Contemporary History, University of Fribourg

This international conference aims to examine the policies of the smaller European powers towards China – and vice versa – during the Cold War. Thereby it focuses, on the European side, on both Western and Eastern Europe – regardless of whether a country was part of the NATO or the Warsaw Pact. Meanwhile, on the Chinese side, the conference proposes to include both Chinas, namely the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (RoC). While this should allow for the analysis of different relational constellations, the chronological framework – that ranges from the Communist victory in China in 1949 to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989 – should enable us to identify policy shifts and patterns.

With the establishment of the PRC and, especially, its direct confrontation with the United States during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, the Cold War had definitely arrived in East Asia, and China henceforth became a major actor in the global East-West rivalry. Yet research on China’s Cold War has largely focused on Sino-US and Sino-Soviet relations, or on China’s engagements in the Third World. As for Europe’s interaction with China during this period, the role played by the major Western European powers – Britain, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany – has so far been privileged. This conference, by contrast, intends to bring the smaller European powers into the global picture, by analysing their position towards and role within the policies of both the PRC and RoC. The smaller European nations, not as directly or as extensively involved in big power relations, had some – albeit often limited – leeway in designing an independent foreign policy toward China. The question thus arises whether alternative diplomatic and/or cultural ties were established between these nations and China, whether trade and investment became more intense or on the contrary diminished, or if security relations took on distinctive contours. The extent to which Eastern European states forged their policies according to Moscow’s will is one of the problems addressed by this conference, as is the question of whether smaller European powers on the other side of the Iron Curtain simply followed in the footsteps of London or Paris or developed their own independent foreign policy toward Beijing or Taipei. While there has been sporadic and punctual research on the relationship of smaller European powers with China, our aim is to bring both early career and established researchers together to offer a broader and, especially, comparative analysis.

The organisers welcome innovative proposals that reflect on the political incentives and challenges that influenced the foreign policies and strategies of the lesser Western and Eastern European powers towards China – and vice versa – and situate them in the larger context of the global Cold War. Papers that focus not only on diplomatic sources, but also include sources from economic, political, social, and cultural interest groups and organisations, are particularly welcome. Interactions with Beijing and Taipei are broadly defined, in order to allow for an understanding of the mutual and multifaceted interests that contributed to the development of relations of various kinds: economic, military, political, and cultural exchanges, contacts, and cooperation; know-how and technology transfers.

Possible topics could, for instance, include:

- Political, economic and security ties

- Trade and development

- Education, science, and technology

- Cultural and ideological dimensions and exchanges

- Arms transfers, military assistance, and conflict/war

Brief proposals (350 words max.), accompanied by a short CV, should be sent to Marco Wyss (M.Wyss@chi.ac.uk) by 31 March 2016. The conference language is English. The selected participants will be informed by the end of April. Selected papers will form the basis of a peer-reviewed publication.

Topics: 01 Call for Papers | Commenti disabilitati

2016 SHAFR Summer Institute in the Netherlands- “Culture, Propaganda, and Intelligence in Foreign Relations”

By Flavia Gasbarri | dicembre 14, 2015

“Culture, Propaganda, and Intelligence in Foreign Relations”

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), in partnership with the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA), invites proposals for the SHAFR Summer Institute, to be held June 27 to July 2 at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. The Institute will be timed so that participants may attend both the annual SHAFR conference in San Diego and the TSA conference at the University of Plymouth (UK). Participants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to attend one or both conferences, and the TSA conference fee will be waived for Institute participants.

The Institute will focus on the use of propaganda, intelligence, and culture as lenses through which to reconsider broader approaches to international and transnational history. Emphasizing the role of government security and information agencies, state-private networks, and non-state and transnational actors, the institute will explore the interconnectedness of public and private, domestic and international, state and non-state. Participants will work with each other and the organizers in a series of research workshops to refine and enhance the analytical framework of a significant research project, ideally (but not exclusively) oriented toward publication of a first book. In addition, the Institute will include professional development sessions and an active-learning pedagogical workshop on the theme of historical memory that will take place at a local site of historical significance.

Objectives of the Institute include: (1) enhance the analytical complexity of on-going research; (2) internationalize SHAFR by building connections between American, European, and other international scholars; (3) promote collaborative international and transnational research networks; (4) share knowledge, archival sources, and research techniques in intelligence and propaganda history.

The Institute is designed for advanced graduate students and early career faculty members in history from around the world, with roughly half the participants coming from North America. All sessions and readings will be in English. Participants will be expected to do some collaborative online work prior to the Institute, and submit a draft chapter-length portion of their research projects by March 15, 2016. Each participant will be provided free accommodation and a stipend sufficient to offset major travel expenses. In addition, the TSA conference fee will be waived for Institute participants.

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2016. Applications should include the following as a single PDF file: one-page curriculum vitae; one-page abstract of the research project to be presented at the Institute, including a brief description of the significance of the project and its source base; and a cover page listing current contact information, institutional affiliation, title of proposed research project, and short answers to the following questions: (1) What are your publication plans for your research project, and what is a realistic timeline for completion? (2) What journal article or book chapter had the greatest impact on your research interests, methods, or ideas? Briefly explain, and provide a complete citation. Please do not cite the Institute organizers. (3) Optional: How will you combine your travel to this Institute with archival research in Europe or participation at the TSA conference? (4) Optional: applicants who can contribute their own funding to subsidize their participation in the Institute should identify the funding source and amount. Applicants should send these materials as a single PDF file to: shafr2016@gmail.com (link sends e-mail). A letter of recommendation should also be sent by the recommender (typically dissertation advisor) directly to this email address. Questions about the institute are welcome and may be directed to the email address above.

The Institute will be led by Kenneth Osgood (Colorado School of Mines), J. Simon Rofe (SOAS, University of London), Giles Scott-Smith (University of Leiden), and Hugh Wilford (California State University, Long Beach).

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Call for proposals: Postdoc Research Fellowships

By Flavia Gasbarri | ottobre 23, 2015

Call for proposals: Postdoc Research Fellowships
Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

“Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War”

In March 2015 the Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies began its work. The Center is a joint project of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, the Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED-Dictatorship and the Humboldt University Berlin.
The Center is a place of international scholarly exchange and the continuing development of historiographic research devoted to the Cold War. It focuses on international and inter-German relations, the perception and management of conflicts, the history of emotions, the Cold War’s impact on societies and sciences in East and West and the culture of remembrance that has emerged since 1990. The Center carries out independent projects, promotes German and international scholars through fellowships and offers public lectures, conferences and exhibitions.
The research interests of the Center are particularly directed at the theme of “Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War“. For more information please see http://berlinerkolleg.com/agenda.html

Based on the research focus “Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War“ the Center will award for its second academic year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017) postdoctoral research fellowships to emerging and established scholars in the field of history. You may apply either for a six or a twelve months fellowship.

Fellows will be granted the opportunity in Berlin to launch or complete a major, independent scholarly project and, if needed, to conduct research in German and Berlin archives. The grant will not be awarded for the completion of dissertation manuscripts.

We presuppose that all applicants are willing to cooperate with colleagues from the participating institutions (Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, the Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED-Dictatorship and the Humboldt University Berlin). Fellows are also expected during their stay in Berlin to give a public lecture on their topic. If they are staying for twelve months, they are also requested to host a non-public conference on an issue related to their project.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellowships carry a monthly award of € 2,200.00. If required, a monthly allowance of € 400.00 is added for family / children, which might partially be allocated for the rent.

Fellows must reside in Berlin. An apartment will be provided if they are not from Berlin. Travel costs (air/rail) to arrive in and depart from Berlin will be covered. Also covered are mobility costs for public transportation and visits to archives within Germany totaling max. € 450.00 monthly as well as research costs totaling max. € 100.00 monthly.

The Center assumes that fellows are given leave without pay by their home institutions for the duration of the fellowship. The Center explicitly welcomes offers by researchers’ home institutions to participate in financing the stay in Berlin. In this case, details on the manner and amount of possible financing are kindly requested.
The partners of the Center are devoted to a balanced gender ratio in all their personnel decisions. For this reason, we are principally encouraging women to answer our job postings. In addition, all partners are dedicated to the further improvement of a balanced family and professional life. Disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.


Applications need to be submitted in a two-step online process. First, applicants are requested to fill in and submit a form to be found under http://goo.gl/forms/9RYgBBj3OZ

In a second step, applicants are asked to send in

(a) an abstract of the proposed research project (1 page)
(b) a project description (8 pages max.)
(c) a work/archive schedule (1 page)

in one pdf-file by e-mail at info@berlinerkolleg.com

Applications may be submitted in either English or German.

Application deadline is December 1, 2015.

For further information about the application process please see http://berlinerkolleg.com/fellowships.html

Please forward all questions in writing to Sophie Lange at info@berlinerkolleg.com

Information Overview

For information regarding the Center’s research focus please see:
http://berlinerkolleg.com/agenda_english.html (in English)
http://berlinerkolleg.com/agenda.html (in German)

For information regarding the application process please see:

For the application form please see:

Please e-mail your pdf-file including the abstract, the project description, and the work/archive schedule to: info@berlinerkolleg.com

Please direct your questions in writing to Sophie Lange at: info@berlinerkolleg.com

Prof. Dr. Bernd Greiner
Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies
Knesebeckstrasse 83
D – 10623 Berlin
E-Mail: info@berlinerkolleg.com

Topics: 03 Fellowships and Grants | Commenti disabilitati

Scienza e Politica nell’era nucleare – Presentazione volume

By Flavia Gasbarri | ottobre 7, 2015

Topics: 02 Conferences and Seminars | Commenti disabilitati

HCA – Spring Academy 2016

By Flavia Gasbarri | agosto 9, 2015

Topics: 01 Call for Papers | Commenti disabilitati

Transnational and Global Histories of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left – Call for Papers

By Flavia Gasbarri | giugno 23, 2015

Transnational and Global Histories of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left
Call for Papers
London & Mexico City, 2016

The LSE and the Instituto Mora are issuing calls for papers for two related international workshops that they are organising in 2016. Funded by the British Academy’s Newton Mobility Fund, taking advantage of combined research expertise at both institutions, and linked to the established New Left Network led by Alberto Martín Álvarez and Eduardo Rey, the workshops aim to explore different perspectives on Latin America’s Revolutionary Left. Although both workshops are part of the same broader project to examine global and transnational histories of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left (otherwise known as the New Left of the Armed Left), it is anticipated that proposals will be made to one workshop or the other rather than both. Details of the workshops and the themes they wish to explore are as follows:

LSE, LONDON, 26-27 February 2016
Our knowledge of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left after the Cuban Revolution in 1959 is growing. New archives, oral histories and published testimonies have driven history forward and encouraged new research. However, we still know relatively little about the global dimensions of the Revolutionary Left or New Left in Latin America. We know that revolutionary left-wing militants shared feelings of solidarity, collective belonging and common purpose across continents. Members of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left also travelled to Europe (East and West), Africa, Asia, and North America, where they found inspiration, and participated in revolutionary developments. We also know that Latin America’s Revolutionary Left received moral, intellectual, cultural and financial support from counterparts and sympathetic groups abroad. Yet where and how these relationships and networks originated, how they functioned and with what consequences is less clear.
With the aim of providing a forum for discussion and showcasing new research, this international workshop will explore the relationships that Latin American revolutionaries forged across continents in the late twentieth century. By focusing on revolutionary networks and transnational relationships between Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, the workshop will broaden our collective understanding of the global Cold War. Topics of particular interest include:
· Third World revolutionary networks between Latin America, Africa and Asia
· Latin America’s Revolutionary Left in Europe
· Geographies, contact zones and cities of revolutionary encounter
· Legitimization and de-legitimization of revolutionary violence
· Solidarity and exile

Latin American left-wing armed organisations shared repertoires of action, strategies, symbols and ideologies. Socialism, revolution and armed struggle became identities of these groups, which rose to become important political actors during the last decades of the 20th century. Despite strong political and ideological similarities between left-wing organisations, our understanding of the processes of construction and diffusion of this “intellectual culture of revolution” in Latin America is nevertheless still limited. Some authors (Colburn) ascribe the diffusion of ideas regarding radical change in the Global South to the predominant role of local revolutionary intellectuals who studied in European or North American universities. However, the evidence coming from Latin America appears to point to a much more complex panorama. The culture of revolution was constituted in each country as an amalgamation between local revolutionary traditions and global intellectual influences. Meanwhile, the direct interaction between left-wing organisations and activists from different countries appears to have been of fundamental importance in the construction of a transnational imagined community of global scope. Additionally, beyond the influence of concrete political ideologies, the construction of left-wing political identities was closely linked to specific currents of political mobilisation that arose both as a result of national cycles of protest and because of a particular international context marked by the Cuban Revolution and the Vietnam War, among other globally historic events. All of which points to the need for adopting a transnational perspective when studying Latin America’s revolutionary culture in the second half of the 20th century. The objective of this workshop is precisely to open up space for discussion and reflection on this topic. We are therefore calling for proposals for papers that concentrate on the following themes:
· Revolutionary ideology, its origins, sources and influences
· Universities and the intellectual culture of revolution
· Students and revolutionary movements
· The creation and diffusion of repertoires of action among the armed left
· Processes of left-wing political identity construction

Those interested in taking part in either workshop should send a 1 page proposal in either Spanish or English and a brief academic CV to those leading the project: Dr Tanya Harmer (t.harmer@lse.ac.uk) and Alberto Martín Álvarez (amartin@mora.edu.mx) by 3 July 2015.

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L’Italia e la costruzione europea dal Consiglio Europeo di Milano (giugno 1985) all’Atto Unico Europeo

By Flavia Gasbarri | giugno 2, 2015

Topics: Uncategorized | Commenti disabilitati

Scienza e politica nell’era nucleare. La scelta pacifista di Edoardo Amaldi

By Flavia Gasbarri | aprile 22, 2015

Mercoledì 29 aprile alle ore 17 Lodovica Clavarino presenterà il suo volume:

Scienza e politica nell’era nucleare. La scelta pacifista di Edoardo Amaldi

pubblicato da Carocci, presso la Fondazione Einaudi di Torino.
Oltre all’autrice, all’evento parteciperanno Barbara Curli (Università di Torino), e Francesco Cassata (Università di Genova).

La discussione sarà moderata da Battista Gardoncini (giornalista Rai).

Per avere maggiori informazioni sul volume e sull’autrice si rimanda al link della casa Editrice:


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2 Post-Doctoral positions to prepare a Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF project: History of Nuclear Energy and Society in Europe

By Flavia Gasbarri | aprile 17, 2015

We support 2 candidates to Marie Curie Grants to join our international team and carry out research on the History of Nuclear Energy in Europe.
Fellowships involve a joint application between the researcher and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. They are for Experienced Researchers (4 years research experience or PhD) moving to Barcelona from another country. Projects are between 12 to 24 months with a typical budget of around €85,000 per annum. A Career Restart option is available to those inactive for 12 months or more and a Reintegration option is available to those previously active in EU who seek to return.

The main objective of the research will be on
- the origins and first development of Euratom (1 position)
- nuclear energy as an integrative historical actor (science, technology, society, policy) (1 position)

The candidates will carry out research on the history of nuclear science in Europe in parallel to the three-year project funded by the European Commission and EURATOM “History of Nuclear Energy and Society (HoNESt)”, which aims to conduct an interdisciplinary analysis on the historical experience of nuclear energy and the relationship between nuclear development and European society over the last 60 years.
The annual budget includes funding for salary, mobility costs, research costs and a contribution to the overhead costs of the host organisation.

Fellows will have their offices at the main UPF campus, in the central eastern part of Barcelona. The campus offers libraries and IT services, language training and cultural/sports services. The Jaume I Building hosts the main library of the UPF, which includes a specialised section for Humanities and Economy (books, periodicals, electronic journals and databases). From their office, fellows will have remote access to the other UPF libraries, to inter-library lending, IT Services and to an extensive range of electronic resources including journals.
The successful applicant will carry out independent and collaborative research under the supervision of Prof. Fernando Guirao, coordinator of HoNESt at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Dr. Albert Presas i Puig, principal coordinator of HoNESt, also based at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Full applications will contain:
1. Cover letter that includes a description of current and recent research projects
2. Academic CV
3. Project Proposal
4. Contact details of two referees.

Deadline: 31/05/2015

Eligibility: The successful applicant is expected to have completed a Ph.D. in history, history of science and technology, science and technology studies or related fields.
Candidates should be fluent in English. Knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage.

For more information:

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Sino-European Relations during the Cold War and the Rise of a Multipolar World

By Flavia Gasbarri | aprile 8, 2015

Sino-European Relations during the Cold War and the Rise of a Multipolar World combines critical oral history with newly translated documentary sources to provide insights into the dynamics of Sino-European relations, past and present, and recent and ongoing global power shifts.

Edited by Enrico Fardella, Christian F. Ostermann, and Charles Kraus, Sino-European Relations during the Cold War and the Rise of a Multipolar World is the result an historic conference convened from June 29-July 1, 2012 in Palermo, Italy. For the first and last time, a group of veteran diplomatic officials, all active in Sino-European relations during the Cold War, assembled together with a group of international scholars in an effort to provide context to, and fill gaps in available documentary record, on China’s relationships with countries in Eastern and Western Europe from the 1960s through the 1980s. Though the dialogue at the conference often dealt with individual bilateral relationships between China and various European countries, the conference was anchored by a much broader theme: identifying the transition from bi-polarity to multi-polarity during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.

With a foreword from Her Excellency Federica Mogherini, the volume features the transcript of the critical oral history conference proceedings as well as key primary source documents from international archives (including China, Albania, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Romania) and a comprehensive bibliography on Sino-European relations.

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