Name of the Conference: East-West Trade and the Cold War
Time and Place: 20—23.11.2003, Jyväskylä, Finland. Organized by the University of Jyväskylä, Department of History.
Organizing and Selection Committee:
Professor Ilkka Nummela (chairman, University of Jyväskylä, Economic History)
Professor Luciano Segreto (Universita di Firenze, Dipartimento di Storia)
Docent (Ph.D) Jari Ojala (University of Jyväskylä, Economic History)
Researcher, (Ph.D) Jari Eloranta (University of Jyväskylä, Economic History and University of Warwick, Department of Economics)
Context of the Conference:
The East-West Trade and the Cold War conference aims to bring the international community of researchers studying the impact of Cold War trade to Finland for an interdisciplinary conference, on the basis of which both the East-West Working Group (see the conference website) can obtain new members and the Finnish researchers of the Cold War economy can attain a possibility to engage in a dialogue with their international colleagues. As a place the Department of History at the University of Jyväskylä offers both the suitable facilities to organize the conference as well as the required international connections to undertake this endeavor. The participants will, among others, consist of the members of the said project, Nordic Cold War scholars as well as researchers of this topic in Finland. The target group for the conference and for this Call for Papers comprises especially social scientists and historians. In addition, the conference organizers want to offer a possibility for graduate students to develop their own international networks. Finally, we wish to bring forth new research especially on the European Cold War economies, and proposals from the Eastern European countries will be welcomed in particular.
The scientific contribution of the conference focuses foremost on the analysis of the East-West trade during the Cold War, both at the meso- or macro-level as well as at the micro-level. Thus, the aim is to emphasize the study of this topic as a comprehensive phenomenon. At the same time the purpose is to delve deep into the most significant research problems in this area of endeavor. At the meso- and macro-levels the focal interest areas include especially the institutions and organizations of the Cold War trade, economic warfare and the roles of international organizations, as well as the economic significance of the East-West trade. Moreover, the conference aims to bring forth new country-based case studies, concerning the Eastern Europe and the Nordic countries in particular. There is a need to re-evaluate the role of the so-called weak states (=small and medium actors in the international system) in international organizations, also from today’s perspective.
Conference paper themes: (indicate which your proposal would most closely correspond with):
Institutions and Organisations of the Cold War trade
Economic Warfare and International Organizations
Economic Significance of the East-West Trade
Significance of Eastern Europe in East-West Trade
Role of the So-Called Weak States Between East and West
Deadline for Proposals: May 1st, 2003. Send your proposals (2-3 pages) either by mail to address and/or email below. Proposals will be accepted in Word, PDF, and RTF –formats. Best conference papers as well as the conference’s keynote speech will be published in a conference volume edited by the organizing committee.
More information on the conference can be found on its website:
University of Jyvaskyla
Department of History
P.O. Box 35
Jyväskylä 40014, FINLAND
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