The fall of the Berlin Wall signalled the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, as well the end of the Cold War. It also had an immediate impact on southern African where the Cubans withdrew from Angola, South Africa ended its occupation of Namibia, and a relatively peaceful political transition was achieved. This conference offers an opportunity to reflect on how post-Cold War/colonial developments have affected human society and scholarship in the region.
More specifically, the organisers wish to engage with the legacy of the Cold War, especially with regard to its imprint on society in southern Africa. We also wish to examine how post-Cold War/colonial thinking continues to shape the world in which we live. We particularly welcome inter/multi-interdisciplinary approaches to these issues and participation from across the academic disciplines.
The organizers are from a cross-section of departments at Rhodes University: Gary Baines (History), Peter Vale (Political and International Studies), and Undine Weber (German Studies). We plan to publish the proceedings or, at least, a selection of the papers.
The conference will be held to coincide with twentieth anniversary of the breach of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November 1989. The distinguished scholar of the Cold War, Marilyn Young of New York University, has accepted an invitation to deliver a key-note address. The organizers plan to invite another high profile speaker.
Participants will have to meet their own costs although some financial assistance will be available to postgraduate students.
Proposals comprising a 500-word abstract should be emailed to the organizers by 8 May 2009. It is anticipated that there will be a rigorous selection process for organizers reserve the right to reject proposals. We will give preference to papers that are focused on the abovementioned areas of concern. Applicants will be notified by 31 May whether their submissions have been successful or not.
Please submit proposals to Gary Baines: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc to Undine Weber: email@example.com.
fax: +27-46-6225049 Email: g,firstname.lastname@example.org
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