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May 2015

Cold War Europe and the Culture Wars

May 29, 2015 - May 30, 2015
Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Cold War Europe Programme Contacts Professor Adam Piette (English, Sheffield) a.piette@sheffield.ac.uk Fabienne Collignon (English, Sheffield) f.collingnon@sheffield.ac.uk Eirini Karamouzi (History, Sheffield) e.karamouzi@sheffield.ac.uk Erica Sheen (English, York) erica.sheen@york.ac.uk

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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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March 2016

14 March: “Operational Screens 1700/2000: Projection, Possession, War,”

March 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hicks Building, Hounsfield Rd
Sheffield, S3 7RH
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14 March: “Operational Screens 1700/2000: Projection, Possession, War,” Pasi Väliaho, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London In 1694, Robert Hooke presented a paper to the Royal Society of London, on an 'Instrument of Use to take the Draught, or Picture of any Thing.' Hooke's invention was basically a portable camera to be used by merchants, sailors and other travellers in recording the sights from their journeys to faraway lands. The device tallied with the colonial project…

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May 2016

2nd May: “The place of Europe in the Late-Cold War Rise of Globalization,”

May 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Showroom 5, Showroom Workstation, Showroom 5, Showroom Workstation,
Sheffield , S1 2BX United Kingdom
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2nd May: “The place of Europe in the Late-Cold War Rise of Globalization,” Federico Romero, Professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration, European University Institute, Florence. The talk will review the main interpretative assumptions on the late 20th century rise of globalization, relate them to the literature on the end of the Cold War, and focus on Europe’s place in both strands of scholarship. It will argue that the Europeans’ own agency remains in the background, even though…

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16 May: “Nuclear Families: Radioactive Risk After 1989,”

May 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7QY United Kingdom
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16 May: “Nuclear Families: Radioactive Risk After 1989,” Dan Grausam, Lecturer in English Studies, Durham University    

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Public Humanities Exhibition

May 21, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Carpenter Room, Sheffield City Library
Sheffield , S1 1XZ
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This exhibition, a collaboration with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Archives, considers the South Yorkshire County Council's anti-nuclear position and policies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore archival material relating to the Council and anti-nuclear activity in Sheffield to really get a sense of the city's experiences of the Cold War. Sheffield and The Nuclear Winter: An Exhibition The exhibition is being held in the John Carpenter Room of Sheffield…

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Cold War Cities

May 27, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - May 28, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
The Diamond: Workroom 1, 32 Leavygreave Rd,
Sheffield , S3 7RD
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The Cold War coincided with, and generated, the transformation of cities across the globe. As cities became sites of protest, international encounters, and cold war cultural production, these developments were in turn shaped by the specific histories and spatial and cultural landscapes of the cities themselves. This workshop, organised by Cultures of the Cold War network and the Centre for the History of the City, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the UK and beyond to explore…

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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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