CfP: Crossing the Iron Curtain: Tourism and Travelling in the Cold War

CALL FOR PAPERS : Crossing the Iron Curtain: Tourism and Travelling in the Cold War

7-8 April 2017

Deadline : 15 December 2016

The image of the Iron Curtain as an impenetrable obstacle to mobility between
East and West during the Cold War has long been criticized. However, studies
of encounters between East and West and their importance in the cultural Cold War
has tended to concentrate on professionals such as the artists and scientists
exchanged through cultural agreements. Yet millions of westerners went on
holiday behind the Iron Curtain and a considerable number of easterners did
the same in the west.
This workshop focuses on the mobility between the two camps motivated by the
search for pleasure and recreation. It welcomes contributions that deal with
touristic encounters between East and West of individuals and groups, on
either side of the Iron Curtain. Contributions querying political tourists and the
politics of inter-bloc tourism on local, regional, national, or international
level are also invited.
The workshop is held on 7-8 April 2017 at the University of Amsterdam and is
organized by the European Travel Cultures research group. A keynote lecture
will be given by Angela Romano, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of
History and Civilization, European University Institute.

Deadlines: Please send an abstract of up to 500 words and a short bio (max.
words) to before 15 December 2016. Notification of
acceptance will be issued at the end of the year. Final workshop papers are
on 15 March 2017.

Conference fee: €50 covering lunches and a conference dinner.

Funding: Limited funding is available to cover accommodation and travel costs.
Please indicate when submitting the abstract if you would like to apply for

Contact Info:
Sune Bechmann Pedersen,
Christian Noack,
Contact Email:

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