New cold war research

This looks to me like a generational shift. A new approach to Cold War studies. Call for proposals for the New Cold War Research workshop at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, 1-2 November 2010.

The purpose of this workshop is to draw special attention to the interconnected relations of trade, technology and competition during the Cold War era. The Cold War period has been viewed by the mainstream literature as an East-West juxtaposition, emphasizing conflict and confrontation between the blocs. The focus of the New Cold War Research workshop is, however, on cooperation and interactions between East and West, which have been mostly overlooked or underestimated. The workshop intends to look at Europe as an arena where East and West met and established relations that resembled, in many cases,the traditional pre-Cold War contact networks. […]

The workshop aims to discuss how trade and the transfer of technology affected the rise of competitiveness inside of the Eastern Bloc. We invite papers that would elaborate the above-mentioned topic. We are particularly interested in:

  • What this East-West trade and technology transfer was all about? How were trade connections established and maintained during the Cold War era? What were the motivations behind the established connections and what kind of technologies were transferred?
  • How did economic relations induce the rise of market economic thinking in the Eastern Bloc? What kind of forms did the competition take in socialist societies? How did the economic-related competitiveness that occurred influence these societies from inside?

We invite all interested parties to participate in the workshop by sending an abstract (max 400 words) as a proposal to Sari Autio-Sarasmo (sari.autio-sarasmo@helsinki.fi) and Katalin Miklóssy (katalin.miklossy@helsinki.fi) by September 24, 2010. Selected participants will be informed by October 1, 2010.The aim of the workshop is to produce a special edited journal selected from the presented papers.

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