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February 2016

29 February 2016: “Rebooting the Cold War: Western Triumphalism and the Foreign Policy of Popular Culture,”

February 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7QY United Kingdom
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“Rebooting the Cold War: Western Triumphalism and the Foreign Policy of Popular Culture,” Penny Von Eschen, L. Sanford and Jo Mills Reis Professor of Humanities, Cornell University The talk will explore the intersection between politics and popular culture in post  1991 U.S.-Russian relations.  Starting with top-selling video games that engendered international controversies as Russian-U.S. tensions flared in the George W. Bush administration, I suggest that we read Black Ops and its Modern Warfare predecessors as part of a disparate yet…

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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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February 2019

Monica Kim, The Korean War and East Asia through the Prism of the Interrogation Room

February 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alfred Denny Building: Conference Room, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2TN United Kingdom
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U.S. Marine tank follows a line of prisoners of war down a village street, September 26, 1950. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. Click here to register. The history of the Korean War from inside the interrogation room is at once both surprisingly ordinary and profoundly global. Tracing two generations of people across the Pacific as they navigated multiple kinds of interrogation from the 1940s and 1950s, this talk lay outs a landscape of interrogation – a dense network of violence, bureaucracy,…

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March 2019

Susan L. Carruthers: Victors, Vanquished, and Victims: US Occupation Soldiers in Postwar Europe and Asia, 18 March

March 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Diamond: Lecture Theatre 8, The University of Sheffield, 32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7RD United Kingdom
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American soldiers in Treves, Germany. The American Army of occupation is here seen passing the Kaiser Platz. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. Susan L. Carruthers, Professor of History, University of Warwick Co-sponsored by East Asian Studies How do you know you've won a war? What sensations and experiences are bound up with being victorious? Superficially, it might seem that there would be little new to say on this subject. After all, aren't victors the ones empowered to write history? But this…

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