January 2018: “International Conference: Cold War Societies in Comparison”, Miriam Dobson, Lecturer in Modern History, Sheffield University
January 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The event aims to bring together scholars working on the domestic impact of the Cold War, particularly in the US and the USSR. Themes will include: the impact of nuclear fears on society; patriotism and notions of the enemy ‘other’; the development of rival welfare systems and their impact on citizens’ daily life; the changing nature and conception of the home under atomic threat; gender identity in the Cold War; the role of children in the cold-war imagination; the relationship between the Cold War and religious growth and / or decline; the treatment of ‘deviants’ during this ‘age of anxiety’; popular understandings of citizens’ duties and rights, both national and universal, in a time of international conflict; mass culture in the Cold War, including sci-fi and war movies; pacifist movements. Because of their opposing ideologies, Soviet and US societies in this period have often been treated in isolation from one another, but this conference would ask how far a comparative approach can take us.