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October 2016

An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War

October 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War   Monday 17th October, 17.00-18.30pm, Jessop West (G.03) Collective imaginations of nuclear warfare were a central battleground of the Cold War, fought through war-games and fictitious scenarios. This panel debate explores the 'imaginary Cold War', from how specific media and national cultures created it to the implications for our understanding of the Cold War and the atomic bomb.   Speakers: Eirini Karamouzi : Chair Ann Sherif, Professor of…

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November 2016

Late Cold War Tandems: Solidarities and Anxieties of the 1980s

November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016
Jessop Building 2.15 (Friday), The Diamond Lecture Theatre 2 (Friday), The Diamond Workroom 1 (Saturday) Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7RD United Kingdom + Google Map
Chernobyl. Photo taken by Stefan Krasowski 27.10.2013.

Chernobyl. Photo taken by Stefan Krasowski 27.10.2013. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of 'tandem history' (Kate Brown) as a transnational approach in new research on the final decade of the Cold War. The period was marked not only by the renewal of superpower tensions, but also by new concerns that poorly fit the Cold War framework and which have remained with us since the collapse of the binary order. We will thus examine some of…

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February 2017

Mark Bradley – The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

February 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7QY United Kingdom
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PLEASE REGISTER FOR A TICKET HERE. TICKETS ARE FREE. Concerns about rights in the United States have a long history, but the articulation of global human rights in the twentieth century was something altogether different. In his recent The World Reimagined, Mark Philip Bradley explores for the first time how these revolutionary developments became believable to Americans beginning in the 1940s and culminated in the power of today’s ubiquitous moral language of human rights. In this lecture, Bradley will focus on the…

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March 2017

Angela Romano and Valeria Zanier – Circumventing the Cold War. The parallel diplomacy of economic and cultural exchanges between Western Europe and Socialist China in the 1950s

March 13, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jessop West G.03, Upper Hanover St
Sheffield, S3 7RA United Kingdom
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PLEASE REGISTER FOR A TICKET HERE. TICKETS ARE FREE. Relations between Europe and the People's Republic of China have become a hot topic in recent historical research. So far, they have been considered as the result of the normalization process prompted by Nixon’s visit to Beijing in February 1972 and of Deng's "Open Door" reforms. In their just-published Modern Asian Studies special issue – 'Circumventing the Cold War' – Angela Romano and Valeria Zanier question this dominant narrative. By bringing…

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Alexander Dunst – Cold War Cures: Psychiatry as Alliance Politics in Sixties Britain and the United States

March 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jessop West G.03, Upper Hanover St
Sheffield, S3 7RA United Kingdom
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PLEASE REGISTER FOR A TICKET HERE. TICKETS ARE FREE. This talk will look at the curious role a radicalized psychiatry came to play in forging the counterculture of the Sixties. After World War II, psychology established itself as a privileged framework for understanding all aspects of modern life. In the process, prominent thinkers and social forces – from R. D. Laing to Herbert Marcuse, the Civil Rights Movement to Mental Patients' Liberation – formulated social critique as medical diagnosis. As…

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April 2017

Odd Arne Westad – What Will the Trump Presidency Mean for Asia?

April 24, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7QY United Kingdom
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PLEASE REGISTER FOR A TICKET HERE. TICKETS ARE FREE. Speaker: Professor Odd Arne Westad (Harvard University) Chair: Eirini Karamouzi (University of Sheffield)   The election of Donald Trump as president signals a profound change in US foreign relations. Basic US approaches to the world, in place since at least 1945, seem to be shifting, as are traditional concepts of friends and enemies. In this lecture, Professor Odd Arne Westad of Harvard University asks what the reactions to the Trump presidency…

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January 2018

“Cold-War Home Fronts: Comparative Approaches”, University of Sheffield, 26-27 January 2018

January 26 - January 27

Conference Programme - Call for Papers Registration Link For four decades after the end of the Second World War, competition between the socialist and capitalist blocs shaped international relations on a global scale. For the main protagonists, the USA, USSR, and their near neighbours in Europe, it was a deferred conflict, but also, paradoxically, a 'total war' for which citizens must be ever-vigilant. The aim of this conference is to consider the 'home fronts' in those countries deeply implicated in…

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February 2018

Peace Movements and Democratic Culture in Southern Europe during the 1970s and 1980s

February 14 - February 16
German Historical Institute Rome, Via Aurelia Antica, 391
Roma, 00165 Italy
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Call for Papers Download The mobilization against the deployment of US Pershing and Cruise Missile atomic warheads in the wake of the NATO Dual Track Solution in 1979 was a watershed moment in the recent political history of Western Europe. The anti-nuclear protests of the late 1970s and 1980s activated civil society, renegotiated the parameters of political participation and redefined the understanding of (international and domestic) security. The contours and implications of the 1980s anti-nuclear protests have been fairly well…

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March 2018

5 March: Sarah Snyder, From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy

March 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University, 153 Arundel St Lecture Theatre (9130)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2NT United Kingdom
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5 March: Sarah Snyder, From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy This event is now being hosted by Sheffield-Hallam University. Click here for details and registration. The 1960s marked a transformation of human rights activism in the United States. At a time of increased concern for the rights of their fellow citizens—civil and political rights, as well as the social and economic rights that Great Society programs sought to secure—many Americans saw inconsistencies between domestic…

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April 2018

23 April: Jason Parker, Mad Men in the Tropics: The USIA and the Accidental Birth of the ‘Third World’

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jessop West G.03, Upper Hanover St
Sheffield, S3 7RA United Kingdom
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23 April: Jason Parker, Mad Men in the Tropics: The USIA and the Accidental Birth of the 'Third World' DOWNLOAD THE ABSTRACT The Cold War superpowers endeavored mightily to “win hearts and minds” abroad through what came to be called public diplomacy. Many of the target audiences were on the conflict’s original front-lines in Europe. However, other, larger audiences resided in areas outside Europe then in the throes of decolonization. Among the latter, for all the blood and drama of…

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