The Cold War: History, Memory, Representation

The Cold War: History, Memory, Representation

Veranstalter:    Europäische Akademie Berlin, Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt Potsdam, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam, Alliierten Museum, German Historical Institute London, Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau, German Historical Institute Washington, Museum Berlin Karlshorst, John F. Kennedy-Institut Berlin, FU Berlin, Stiftung Luftbrückendank, Stiftung Berliner Mauer, Cold War International History Project
Datum, Ort:    14.07.2011-17.07.2011, Berlin, European Academy Berlin, Bismarckallee 46/48
Deadline:    12.07.2011

Two decades after the end of the Cold War, the time has come to reflect upon its lingering legacy. This international and interdisciplinary conference will discuss the main features of the East­-West conflict, probe its conflicting memories and analyze its cultural representations. By presenting the views of participants the public opening session intends to focus on the peaceful way in which the Cold War was concluded in order to contribute to the ongoing reintegration of Europe.

Thursday, July 14th 2011
Opening session of the conference
Berliner Rathaus, Festsaal

The opening session of the conference is funded by the Senate of Berlin

Overcoming the Cold War: European division, detente and reintegration.
7:00 p.m.
Welcome by Konrad H. Jarausch
Chair of the Cold War Museum Association

Welcome by Walter Momper
President of the Berlin State Parliament
Former Lord Mayor of Berlin

Keynote Speech
Markus Meckel
Former GDR Foreign Minister

Panel Discussion
James D. Bindenagel
Former Ambassador of the United States

Andrei Grachev
Last advisor and official spokesman of Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev

Wolfgang Ischinger
Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

moderated by Mary Fulbrook
Professor of German History University College London

9:00 p.m.

Friday, 15th of July 2011
European Academy Berlin

9:00 Panel 1
The Cold War: Master narratives in East and West

Opening by
Eckart D. Stratenschulte (Director of the European Academy Berlin
Andreas Etges (Professor of North American History, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin)

Christian Ostermann (Director of Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.)

On the historiography of the Cold War
Odd Arne Westad (Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science)

Western Europe – Probing the Cold War narrative
David Reynolds (Professor of International History Cambridge University)

11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:20 a.m. The Cold War as metaphor and trope
Anders Stephanson (James P. Shenton Professor of History, Columbia University)

Twenty years of changing interpretations of the Cold War in Russia
Vladimir Pechatnov (Director of the Department of European and
American Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations

01:00 p.m. Lunch

02:00 p.m. History, memory and the Cold War
Introduction by Andreas Etges

The Cold War between history and memory
Keynote speech by Jay Winter (Charles J. Stille Professor of History Yale University)

03:15 p.m. Coffee break

03:45 p.m. PANEL 2

Official and biographical memorialization
Chair: Martin Klimke (Research Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington)

Memorialization or mythologization? A comparative approach to the attitudes of the French and Russian states towards the Cold War
Marie-­Pierre Rey (Professor of History University Panthéon-­‐Sorbonne, Paris

Painful memories: Russian attitudes towards the end of the Cold War in Europe
Sergej Kudryashov (Research Associate German Historical Institute, Moscow)

Spies which saved the world? The construction of biographies of George Blake and Oleg Penkovsky – New approaches
Matthias Uhl (Research Associate German Historical Institute, Moscow)

The Cold War? I rather have it in my family…’ East -West discrepancies in remembering Cold War times
Thomas Lindenberger (Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Vienna)

05:45 p.m. Film screening of PBS Documentary After the Wall – A World United (2011)
Commented by James D. Bindenagel
Introduced by Axel Klausmeier (Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation)

07:00 p.m. Barbecue in the garden of the European Academy Berlin

Saturday, 16th of July 2011

09:00 a.m. PANEL 3
Popular culture and school books
Chair: Andreas Etges

Cold War films (East and West)
Tony Shaw (Professor of Contemporary History University of Hertfordshire)

Ian Fleming, British spy fiction and the public profile of the Central Intelligence Agency
Christopher Moran (Postdoctoral Research Scholar University of Warwick)

Pedagogy of history? The Cold War in history and social studies textbooks
Falk Pingel (Former Deputy Directorn of the Georg Eckert Institute for international research on schoolbooks, Braunschweig)

11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:15 a.m. PANEL 4
Places of memory
Chair: Andreas Gestrich (Director German Historical Institute, London)

Protect and survive: Protecting, preserving and presenting Cold War heritage
Wayne Cocroft (Senior Archaeological Investigator English Heritage)

Cold War memory sites and museums in Central Europe
Csaba Békés (Director Cold War History Research Center, Budapest, Hungary)

The postcolonial Cold War
Heonik Kwon (Reader in anthropology, London School Of Economics and
Political Sciences)

01:00 p.m. Lunch

02:00 p.m. PANEL 5
Berlin as a place of memory of the Cold War
Chair: Winfried Heinemann (Colonel in the general staff (Oberst
i.G.), Head of Department education, information and studies Military History Research Institute Potsdam

The resurrection of the Berlin Wall as a site of memory
Hope Harrison (Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University Washington, DC)

04:00 p.m. Coffee break

04:15 p.m.
Competing of the best wall memorial: The heritage industry at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Sybille Frank (LOEWE research area “Intrinsic Logic of Cities”, Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Project for a museum of the Cold War at Checkpint Charlie
Konrad Jarausch (Lurcy Professor of European Civilization University of North Carolina)

07:00 p.m Reading and Dinner
György Dalos (Writer of the biography: “Gorbatschow. Mensch und Macht”, Publicist, Leipzig Book Award winner for European Understanding (2010))

Moderated by Andrea Despot (Deputy Director of the European Academy Berlin)

Sunday, 17th of July 2011
Tour of museums and Cold War sites

09:30 a.m. Start of the bus tour
10:00 a.m. Allied Museum
Checkpoint Charlie
Berlin Wall Museum
Museum Karlshorst (German-­‐Russian Museum)
04:00 p.m. finish

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