As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, is proud to announce its first Cold War symposium November 7-9, 2008. This event is set to correspond with the opening of two new, permanent exhibitions and an inaugural Cold War memorial ceremony to coincide with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum is located in Carp, Ontario, about 30 minutes west of Ottawa. Constructed from 1959 to 1961, the Diefenbunker served for over 30 years as a military base and as the federal government’s emergency government headquarters in case of nuclear war. Closed in 1994, the cavernous underground facility was brought back to life as a museum by local volunteers in 1998.
The symposium is entitled Cold Culture: A symposium on new approaches to Cold War research, education and expression. This event is being organized to bring together a broad range of professional scholars, historians, artists, filmmaker, teachers, museum professionals and journalists who are involved in the exploration of themes in Cold War history, and who shape how the event is understood today. Participants are encouraged to consider how those interpreting the period have adopted new and varied approaches through which they seek to build a framework to make meaning of the conflict.
International and comparative topics are strongly encouraged.
Questions about the Cold Culture symposium should be directed to Alexandra Badzak, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-839-0007. Anyone interested in presenting a paper (individual or part of a proposed session) or organizing a panel should electronically submit their name, affiliation, and an abstract of 500 words or less by September 15th, 2008 (Word or PDF file). For more information visit www.diefenbunker.ca
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