CFP: Cold War Narratives Reimagined (Yale University, New Haven, CT; April 8-9, 2016)

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2015

Keynote speaker: Lilya Kaganovsky, Associate Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature, and Film at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University is pleased to announce “Cold War Narratives Reimagined,” an interdisciplinary graduate conference on April 8-9, 2016.

More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, scholars are able to refocus, recast, and reevaluate the discussions centered on this period of global tension, military non-conflict and cultural polarization. Whether within the United States or in the international arena, it is typified by physical and imagined borders, walls, spheres of influence and missile gaps. This conference seeks to engage with these physical and symbolic spaces, to challenge the East-West dichotomy in Cold War narratives, and to examine what happens after these zones and margins dissolve. “Cold War Narratives Reimagined” is an interdisciplinary conference that centers on the intellectual, cultural, and environmental legacies of the Cold War era in the United States and in the former Soviet Union, both those of its immediate aftermath and of contemporary reframings of these legacies.

We invite papers that explore the Cold War and its enduring legacies. How do we consider its reverberations in a globalized world? How have Cold War assumptions and stereotypes been expressed in literature, film, historiography or policy, and do they persist after the fall of the Soviet Union? At what point, if any, does a shift in these assumptions and stereotypes occur? What could be gained by reading texts from Cold War countries comparatively? How did literary language, vernacular, or technical jargon change during and directly after the Cold War? What has changed since the first round of reimaginings that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union? By asking and addressing such questions, this conference aims to foster interdisciplinary conversations within and around Slavic Studies.

The list of potential topics includes but is not limited to: Cultural diplomacy; Space race; the Cold War and the archive; Cold War in the Soviet Republics; Nuclear diplomacy; Émigré culture; Post-Soviet spaces; Language of the Cold War (rhetoric, propaganda, translation); Cold War abstractions and the arts (détente, deterrence, containment); Satire under McCarthyism and/or Soviet censorship; the Cold War in contemporary media coverage; the Cold War, genre, and representation.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to [yalecoldwarconference@gmail.com](mailto:yalecoldwarconference@gmail.com] by December 15th, 2015. Replies will be sent out by mid-January, 2016.

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