Two Nations, One People? The German Cold-War Experience
An International Interdisciplinary Conference to be held at the University
of Liverpool from 6 to 8  September 2006.

During the Cold-War era, which lasted for nearly half a century, our
world-view was shaped by the division of Europe and of the wider world into
the Western and the Eastern block.  The division of the German nation into
two states was particularly symptomatic of this ideological and political
divide. Whereas the super powers fought indirectly in Vietnam, Afghanistan,
Korea and elsewhere, it was in Germany that Soviet and US troops faced each
other directly. The Cold-War conflict could be felt in almost any sphere of
life, ranging from the media, philosophy, music, sports to literature and

From the founding of the two German states in 1949 to the collapse of the
iron curtain in 1989, numerous novels, documentaries, songs, radio plays,
TV-programmes and films from both sides of the Berlin Wall dealt directly or
indirectly with the conflict, and in the process they shaped our ideas and
perception of the super powers and the people on the 'other side'.  And,
what is more, despite the political unification of Germany and the
enlargement of the European Union, contemporary views are still
predominantly forged along the lines of Cold-War rhetoric, stereotypes and

This conference focuses on the multi-facetted influence of the Cold War on
German culture in both East and West Germany. It follows an
interdisciplinary approach combining methods from various disciplines and
fields. Scholars are invited to offer papers on all aspects of the topic,
and papers on the following specific areas are especially welcome:

Politics, public relations and public life
Media and visual arts
Popular culture studies
Science and technology
Business and economics
Educational science

The conference will take place at the School of Modern Languages (University
of Liverpool). Proposals, not exceeding 500 words, along with a brief
biographical note should be sent to the School of Modern Languages (German
Section) by 27 March 2006. Contributors will be informed of the provisional
programme by 1 April 2006. Presentations are strictly limited to 20 minutes.

Contact details:

Andrew Plowman ([log in to unmask]), Tobias Hochscherf ([log in to unmask]), and
Christoph Laucht ([log in to unmask])

University of Liverpool, School of Modern Languages (German),
Modern Languages Building, Chatham Street, Liverpool, L69 7ZR.

This conference falls within the Visual Cultures Research Group at the
University of Liverpool, details of which can be found at

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