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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Bulgaria at the Fair: Spectacles of Cold War Consumption at the Plovdiv Trade Exhibition, 1956-1976

Wed, February 4, 2009 • 12:00 PM • CAL 422

For two weeks out of every year 100,000's of people descended on Bulgaria's second largest city as spectator and consumers. The fair offered an array of images and goods – messages of power and plenty from a variety of states, most notably, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Bulgaria itself. The fair grounds became the hole through which the Iron Curtain is permeated and interaction and exchange are able to take place in spite of limits on Bulgarian travel and access to Western media.

For more information, please contact Allegra Azulay at:
(512) 471-7782, aazulay@mail.utexas.edu

Sponsored by: CREEES


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