CALL FOR PAPERS
'A True Alternative? The Nonaligned Movement in the Cold War'
International Conference, 25-27 May 2012, Belgrade, Serbia
Jointly organised by: The Balkan International Affairs Programme and LSE IDEAS (London School of Economics and Political Science) and The National Archives of Serbia
Sixty years ago, at one of the most dangerous junctures of the Cold War, the a Conference in Belgrade signalled the creation of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM). Despite it becoming the most numerous political association of states outside the UN during the Cold War and the voice of the Third World, the existing Cold War scholarship of the Movement remains scarce. Among other things, it has not offered a qualified view as to whether the NAM was just a mere by-product of the Cold War, of Superpowers' intent of the two Blocs to avoid direct confrontation in the "grey zone", or whether it was a true Third World initiative aimed at securing its right of existence between the two Blocs and a real alternative to the threatening Codl War division of the world. Lately, however, The end of the Cold War and the disappearance of the ideological and military blocs, made the Movement' role in the world and future perspectives uncertain, Nonetheless, NAM is still a living organization with 115 developing countries as its members. The most current developments and the worsening global economic and political crises, the Third World countries increasingly seem eager to re-activate this gathering as a representative of their needs and aspirations.
To stimulate the understanding of the role and significance of the NAM during the Cold War, to contribute towards the defining of its rightful place within the wider Cold War scholarhship and, in particular to encourage the scholarship of the NAM among the Third World scholars, LSE IDEAS Balkan International Affairs Programme, the LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme and the National Archives of Serbia are proud to organise an International Conference on the Non-aligned Movement in the Cold War, 25-27 May, 2012, in Belgrade, Serbia.
We wish to invite you to submit a paper for the conference. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a 500 words proposal and a brief (one page) academic CV (in Word or PDF format) to Dr Antonio Moneo at firstname.lastname@example.org| by 15 January 2012. Successful applicants will be informed by 1 February 2011 and will be expected to email their papers (between 6,000 and 8,000 words), in English by 1 May 2012.
Contributions to the conference will be published in the Conference proceedings and in video interviews that will be published on the LSE IDEAS website Selected works will be publishedin an edited volume about on the Non Aligned Movement in the Cold War.
Please note that presentations and discussion at the conference will be in English. Accepted papers will be presented in panels organised around a common theme and chaired by a prominent Cold War scholar. Besides established scholars, we encourage submissions by graduate students working on the Non-aligned Movement in the Cold War. Of particular interest are papers based on newly available primary sources.
Organisers will cover all expenses related to accommodation in Belgrade for the duration of the conference and will contribute towards the travel cost of the younger scholars and those from the "Third World countries".
The conference is made possible through generous contributions from:
The London School of Economics and Political Science Annual Fund
The Academy of Korean Studies. Korean Studies Promotion Service
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University
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