COLD WAR CULTURES:
Trans-National and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
If war is the continuation of politics by other means, then Cold War politics can be seen as a continuation of war by other means.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore these means in the context of global encounters between states and "Blocs"
as well as engagements with "East" and "West." Indeed, after the end of the Second World War, a new kind of "war" continued
and expanded as governments and/or interest groups created and continually reshaped institutions, media, popular culture,
and various elements of social and political life.
Globally, these broad-based transformations took place in the shadow of Cold War politics, especially as expressed
through rhetoric of threat and mutual annihilation. In particular, cultural phenomena shaped by Cold War power conflicts
take on myriad forms in a host of geographic contexts, both in and outside the Bloc, from iconic public representations to distinctive
media advertising, memorable political speeches, world expositions, spy novels and films, and a plethora of official and popular modes
of expression. In some places, of course, military or paramilitary conflagrations translated Cold War politics into "hot" wars,
which further fueled the fire of Cold War imaginations.
This conference will offer the chance to reconsider the Cold War of the post-World-II era in its global configuration,
and as a theoretical paradigm like Hardt and Negri's Empire -- as not just characteristic of one historical moment,
but perhaps also as a paradigm for particular configurations of forces joining national and trans-national or global sites of contention.