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CfP: East-West cultural exchanges and the Cold War 
(Jyväskylä, Finland, 14-16 June 2012)
Deadline for abstracts: 1 December 2011
 
This 
multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the vast and mostly 
uncharted role played by cultural exchange and cultural currents in the 
development of the Cold War, especially in the context of East-West 
relations. 
 
Cultural exchange 
in the Cold War has received little attention compared to traditional 
areas of Cold War studies: diplomacy, military affairs, and even 
economics. Although the cultural Cold War has in recent years received growing attention internationally, the research is still very 
scattered. With this conference we aim to bring together research 
concerned with cultural exchanges during the Cold War era, both from the East and the West. Furthermore, we hope to encourage a theoretical discussion about the still rather vague definition of the 
cultural Cold War, and indeed about the validity of the concept itself.
 
Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
·         Soviet cultural diplomacy and cultural initiatives
·         Western tourism in the East / Eastern tourism in the West
·         Everyday experiences of cultural exchanges 
·         Trans-national networks across the Iron Curtain
·         Media as an agent in cultural exchange (incl. program exchange)
·         Concrete and imagined borders
·         Material and consumer cultures
·         Festivals and international cultural competitions 
 
Keynote speakers: Susan E. Reid (Sheffield U.) & Aili Aarelaid-Tart (Tallinn U.)
 
Conference website: http://culturalcoldwar.blogspot.com/