The complete devastation of the European continent following six years of total war precipitated the early cooperation efforts of the immediate post-1945 period. Thus, the foundations of European integration and the development of the Cold War were inextricably linked. Despite this simple claim, academic research on the question of European integration and the Cold War has apparently been less dynamic. Our interest in this call for papers lies in correcting this apparent lacuna. In doing so, the conference being held at the University of Reading on 15-16 April 2010 seeks to touch upon the following themes:
* the German question, Hallstein Doctrine and Ostpolitik;
* foundations/work of NATO; EDC and WEU;
* transatlantic relations, ne tworks and exchanges;
* transnational relations between state and non-state actors;
* communism and anti-communism;
* post-war reconstruction and decolonisation;
* impact of key dates of the Cold War as ‘turning points’ in integration history;
* intellectuals exchanges and history;
* international economy;
* information policies, propaganda and intelligence;
* the end of the Cold War and impact on enlargement;
* impact of Cold War on European politics and identity; and
* Eastern/Central Europe and European integration pre-1989
We particularly encourage applications from postgraduates, post-doctoral and early career academics. For paper proposals please email as an attachment: a 500 word (max.) paper proposal; curriculum vitae; and 250 word description of your thesis or current research interests.
All proposals and queries relating to the conference should be directed to Matthew Broad at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christian Salm at email@example.com.
We envisage the publication of a selection of fully revised papers from the conference. Please note that there is no fee for the conference; however we are unable to provide any help with expenses for speakers.
Deadline for paper proposals is 30 October 2009.
University of Reading
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